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 Post subject: Polar bears on Mars
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2002 4:52 am 
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A fun piece and there is a mention of line-dancing towards the end. Honest.<BR><B>Feel the fear - and run for your life</B> <BR>By Phil Hogan in The Observer<P><BR>The discovery of ice on Mars can mean only one thing. I refer, of course, to polar bears. Publicly, scientists are confining their conjectures to the possible presence of micro-organisms, presumably in a bid to forestall the kind of hysteria triggered off in the 1930s by Orson Welles, whose radio production of War of the Worlds had small-town America running amok in the streets and taking up pitchforks against imagined green invaders with ray-guns and eyes on stalks. <P>This is understandable and wise. No one is going to get overly exercised about micro-organisms. Admittedly, in recent times we may have alerted ourselves to the exotic threat of anthrax spores, or read with fascination in the Sunday papers about the new outbreak of the Ebola virus; we may even laugh at the Pentagon's current plans to develop genetically modified bugs capable of eating all the enemy's petrol (because won't that teach 'em a lesson). On the whole, though, we prefer our innermost personal fears to have proper teeth - sharks, velociraptors, crocodiles and, of course, polar bears.<P><A HREF="http://www.observer.co.uk/magazine/story/0,11913,729864,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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