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2008-12-10 13:44:01

Israeli scientists say they are studying how Earth might avoid a collision with an asteroid, as fictionally shown in the 1998 movie Armageddon. But Noah Brosch, director of Tel Aviv University's Wise Observatory, and doctoral student David Polishook said while the chances of an asteroid hitting the Earth are very real, blowing up an asteroid would be much more complicated than movies depict. Astrophysicists agree the best method for avoiding a catastrophic collision would be to change the...

2005-11-09 13:17:18

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - No need to send Bruce Willis into space with a nuclear bomb -- the best way to deal with a killer asteroid hurtling toward Earth could be a "gravity tractor." Two NASA astronauts, gently mocking the solution offered in the Hollywood blockbuster "Armageddon," have come up with a deceptively simple plan to pull asteroids off course. Edward Lu and Stanley Love have proposed that a rocket be launched into space, effectively to act as a giant magnet....

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2005-11-10 00:15:00

By Paul Majendie LONDON -- No need to send Bruce Willis into space with a nuclear bomb -- the best way to deal with a killer asteroid hurtling toward Earth could be a "gravity tractor." Two NASA astronauts, gently mocking the solution offered in the Hollywood blockbuster "Armageddon," have come up with a deceptively simple plan to pull asteroids off course. Edward Lu and Stanley Love have proposed that a rocket be launched into space, effectively to act as a giant magnet. Landing on an...

2005-11-06 12:13:25

By Cynthia Johnston MEGIDDO PRISON, Israel (Reuters) - In a maximum-security jail just down the road from Armageddon, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed what they believe is the oldest church discovered in the land where Jesus was born. "This is one of the most important finds of early Christianity," archaeologist Yardena Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities told journalists on a tour of the excavation on Sunday. Remains of the church, which archaeologists date to the mid-third...

2005-11-05 16:15:02

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An ancient church dating back to the third or fourth century has been discovered inside one of Israel's maximum security prisons, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Saturday. Excavations inside Megiddo prison in northern Israel unearthed the remains of a structure which included a mosaic with inscriptions in Greek and murals of fish as well as an altar, the Authority said. Sharon Shouab, Megiddo prison commander, told Israel's Channel Two television that...

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2005-09-12 07:13:30

ANU -- The chances of the Earth being hit by a comet from beyond Pluto - a la Armageddon - are much lower than previously thought, according to new research by an ANU astronomer. Using computer simulations and data from an American military telescope, Dr Paul Francis, from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Mt Stromlo, has found there are seven times fewer comets in our solar system than previously thought. 'I calculate that small comets, capable of destroying a city,...


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