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The world is always coming to an end on cable news, where panic is the fallback position. And so it does, hypothetically, in the first of four MSNBC specials on our tottering globe, "Future Earth: Journey to the End of the World." Partly a report on an expedition to study the changing Arctic environment and in (small, but endlessly teased) part a CGI disaster mini movie, it is not quite the adventure the material promises.
March 22, 2009 | Steve Harvey
On Sept. 21, 1945, Pasadena minister Charles Long and his followers stayed up all night, reading Scripture and waiting for the world to blow up, as Long had predicted. "Many had sold their possessions, paid their debts and made peace with their neighbors," The Times reported. To their considerable surprise, the sun greeted them the next morning. The minister matter-of-factly explained that he had made a "minor error in his calculations," The Times said.
December 13, 2008 | PETER H. KING, King is a Times staff writer.
Our trip to the Parowan Prophet began with a letter to the St. George Spectrum. It was set among missives proposing that oil companies bail out Detroit automakers, that county inmates be forced to winter in tents, that lawyers be barred from public office. A rough crowd. This particular letter to the editor in the St.
November 3, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Sahagun is a Times staff writer.
Hundreds of people gathered near the Golden Gate Bridge over the weekend to ponder the enigmatic date of Dec. 21, 2012, the last day of the ancient Maya calendar and the focus of many end-of-the-world predictions.
October 11, 2008 | Martin Rubin, Special to The Times
A CENTURY ago, Katherine Mansfield was beginning a distinguished literary career that would lead to her becoming New Zealand's best-known literary figure. By the time she died in her mid-30s in 1923, her stories had captured her nation's life in luminous, evocative prose. But Mansfield wrote these stories in Europe, for she had left her native land as a young woman, eager to escape what she saw as a parochial backwater.
April 13, 2008 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
Michelangelo L. Mangano, a respected particle physicist who helped discover the top quark in 1995, now spends most days trying to convince people that his new machine won't destroy the world. "If it were just crackpots, we could wave them away," the physicist said in an interview at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym, CERN. "But some are real physicists."
March 9, 2008 | Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author, most recently, of "The Associates." He also writes the monthly Paperback Writers column at
IN May 1873, when Britannia ruled the waves and much else besides, the British Foreign Office issued orders "to take steps to obtain a supply of the seed of the Hevea," the Hevea brasiliensis being the form of rubber tree that, it was thought, could most easily be propagated. The idea was that the seeds would be taken from the depths of the Amazon rain forest, their point of origin, and sent first to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, "to be raised there with a view of sending the young plants to India."
August 3, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
A derelict room is all that separates the characters from apocalyptic chaos in "It's the End of the World as We Know It," a double bill of one-acts by British playwright Edward Bond, now receiving its American premiere at the Empire Theater in Santa Ana. The plays, produced by Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, examine the possibility of selfless goodness in a world teetering on the brink of disaster.
March 25, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
IN one, a thick layer of ash covers everything as a nameless man and his son push their cart through a shattered land of absolute silence and darkness without end. In another, the world inexplicably floods, sending a watertight hospital full of sleep-deprived doctors and their young patients bobbing on the waves like a new Noah's Ark.
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