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The 12th-century Dresden Codex, also known as the 'Codex Dresdensis', one of four historic Mayan manuscripts that still exist in the world and that together suggest modern civilization will come to an end on December 21, at the Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany.

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The 12th-century Dresden Codex, also known as the 'Codex Dresdensis', one of four historic Mayan manuscripts that still exist in the world and that together suggest modern civilization will come to an end on December 21, at the Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany.

Will the World End Friday? U.S. Geological Survey Weighs In

In a release today billed as a “USGS Feature Story,” the hard-core scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey examine assertions coursing through the blogosphere that the world will end on Dec. 21 because the Mayan calendar says so. The gist...

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Jennifer Maier, Union Beach Borough Administrator, walks past debris from Hurricane Sandy on Nov. 3, 2012 in New Jersey.

Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Jennifer Maier, Union Beach Borough Administrator, walks past debris from Hurricane Sandy on Nov. 3, 2012 in New Jersey.

Robots Respond First with Aid — From (the Real) Internet Inventors

Victims of future Hurricane Sandys may someday be rescued by the “articulated, sensate hands” of Atlas, a Boston Dynamics-designed robot in “humanoid” form, according to the company’s  Web-site. The U.S. government is paying researchers to create software that will enable...

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