Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Here's a scare story that lists the different ways that things falling from space might wipe out life on Earth. One of the focuses is the recent finding that common "bugs" can become "superbugs" (more virulent due to adaptive variation) in space. But the phrase I highlighted below really caught my eye:
It's just salmonella, nasty enough in its own right, and hardly what you might think is going to slaughter the human race ahead of the asteroid 99942 Apophis due to arrive between earth and the moon on April 13, 2029 or perhaps climate change-driven tidal waves a non-Kyoto future holds for us. But what of the bugs that might be attached to all the space junk, the old satellites, rockets, probes, missiles constantly falling back to earth?
Am I the only one who knows the rest of that story?

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