Apocalypse Now? Try Never: NASA Scientist Debunks the Doomsayers

Our love affair with Doomsday notwithstanding, 2012 is not the year the world will end just because of a misreading of the Mayan long count calendar, NASA researchers say in this video and FAQ

Dragging from the loss of that hour to Daylight Savings Time? Apocalyptic predictions bringing you down? Never fear. NASA is here to help.

In a video released on March 7, the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Near Earth Object program puts senior research scientist Don Yeomans on camera to explain it all. Myth by myth he debunks the doomsaying predictions, starting with the misread of the meaning of the Mayan calendar (it will be like flipping from December to January), moving on to the invisible planet Nibiru (four times the size of earth and yet unseen by thousands of amateur and professional astronomers alike), and on to the potential orientation change of Earth's poles (suck it up and reset your compass).

It's just what has been known for some time: Mother Earth is a lot more resilient than she's given credit for. It's a good complement to the FAQ released by NASA at the end of last year that dissects the assumptions one by one. "Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the science behind the end of the world quickly unravels when pinned down to the 2012 timeline," NASA states in the introduction to the Q&A consult with several of its scientists.