As if we haven't had enough doomsday fatigue from Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, and biblical scripture soothsayers, the Russian news agency, Ria Novosti, reported last week: "Russian Astronomers Predict Apophis-Earth Collision in 2036."

Popularized by Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, the 1,300-foot long near-Earth asteroid Apophis has been widely reported as a "doomsday asteroid." It has projected razor-thin near-misses with our frail blue planet in 2029, 2036, 2056, 2068, and beyond.

NASA has said they don't think this one will hit us, but they still won't guarantee it. I like the ideas this article had for preventing a collision, and it should be taken seriously, finally. Apophis might be the best chance to practice some techniques.