End of the World 2012 – A Daily Planet Special on Discovery Channel

Discovery does Doomsday as Canada’s favourite science show counts down…to the end of the world! End of the World 2012 – A Daily Planet Special scopes out the science – and most frightening facts and figures – one day before the end of the Maya calendar cycle known as the 13th b’ak’tun.

Premiering Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. ET, the special – anchored by co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin – examines the Mayan calendar itself, investigates this summer’s incredible archeological find, exposes the ultimate in underground living, and concludes with an expose on the December 21 worst-case-scenario: asteroids and supervolocanos!
Highlights from End of the World 2012 – A Daily Planet Special include:

The Mayan Calendar
DAILY PLANET meets up with scientist Bill Saturno to set the record straight on the world’s most controversial calendar. Saturno explains that the Maya calendar is just as random as the modern calendar. He illustrates by showing off some unprecedented images of the recently found Mural that he says proves the 2012 doomsday prophecies are just a myth.

La Carona
This past summer, one of the most significant Maya hieroglyphic finds was unearthed in Guatemala. Archaeologists working at the famous site, La Corona, discovered a 1,300-year-old Maya text that provides only the second-known reference to the so-called “end date” on December 21, 2012. Scientist Marcello Canuto tells DAILY PLANET what it all means.

Luxury Survival
DAILY PLANET tours the most exclusive post-apocalyptic address on the planet! It’s a Luxury Survival Condo, built into what was formerly an American missile silo, deep underground. Priced at nearly three million dollars, this modern underground residence has fresh air, water, and waste removal that would keep its residents alive for years to come. The condo has an organic garden, movie theatre, medical clinic, library, and beautiful state-of-the-art apartments packed with years’ worth of dehydrated food.

The Asteroid Factor
Asteroids obliterated most life on Earth millions of years ago. So could it happen again? DAILY PLANET meets scientists tracking asteroids and the innovators working to save the planet, one tiny push at a time.

Volcanic eruptions are the ultimate display of nature’s fury – but no human has ever seen the wrath of a Supervolcano. These blasts don’t create mountains – they erase them. Previous eruptions have left craters in the Earth tens of kilometers wide, and filled the skies with enough ash to block out the sun and send the entire planet into an ice age. With a handful of Supervolcanos still breathing, much is at stake, and scientists from around the globe are racing to learn as much as they can about these sleeping giants.

A New Hope
In the final piece of the hour, meet futurist and sci-fi writer Robert Sawyer. Sawyer argues that life is resilient and is able to adjust to change…and that come Doomsday, despite asteroid impacts or a Supervolcano eruption, humanity will persevere…

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