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Scientists bust Doomsday myth

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, December 20, 2012
First Published: 12:02 IST(20/12/2012) | Last Updated: 12:05 IST(20/12/2012)

Are you scared of the destruction of the world on the ‘Doomsday’ just 24 hours away? Well, just relax because city scientists have joined the chorus, with NASA, that the earth will exist as it is, for at least the next 300 billion years.

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The scientists of ‘Breakthrough Science Society’ - a city based scientists’ forum - declared at a press meet on Wednesday that ‘Doomsday’ is nothing but a myth and destruction of the world is a rumour created by swindlers to satisfy commercial purposes.

The scientists unanimously agreed that due to changes in the structures of orbits, different planets like Mars might collide with the Earth 300 years from now, which may affect the earth.

“There is no basis for this theory. It’s just a ridiculous rumor. People who are spreading it want commoners to believe it so that they can gain profit out of it,” Dhrubajyoti Mukherjee, president of Breakthrough Science Society said on Wednesday.

Scientists alleged that several fake fortune tellers and astrologers are disseminating this rumour so that they can sell their products like astro rings, stones and so forth. “These people are distorting a scientific fact as a pseudo-science matter,” Mukherjee added.

“We have heard rumors claiming that this world will come to an end on December 21 as a huge earthquake will ruin the world. But according to science no earthquake can ruin the entire world. Though its impact can be felt worldwide,” Bengal Engineering and Science University professor Pradip Roy said at the event citing the incident of Sumatra tsunami in 2004.

“People are confusing astrology with astronomy. That’s why they are easily believing this fact and getting scared,” Roy said. He said, abolition of ancient animal species such as dinosaur was caused due to crash down of comets on the Earth. But according to the recent NASA calculations none of the present comets surfacing on the space can crash on to the Earth’s surface causing eternal destruction of the planet.

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