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17 October 2017 22:40 (South Africa)

The end of the world is not that nigh after all

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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AsteroidImpact

Nasa has changed its mind. Whew! Aren’t you happy? The agency now believes the chances of a really big rock slamming into the Earth in 2036 are much lower than odds they originally quoted. Scientists initially believed there was a 1-in-45,000 chance the asteroid Apophis could hit the planet on 13 April 2036. But yesterday, after some new calculations were made, Nasa announced the betting line was a 1-in-250,000 chance. You may not remember it, but we first thought Apophis was going to hit us in 2029. Now we think it will sail right by us in 2029. Lucky us, dodged the bullet already.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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