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King_Ghidra
09-02-2007, 15:55:32
Many of you may have seen this news story today:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6335899.stm

The final design for a "doomsday" vault that will house seeds from all known varieties of food crops has been unveiled by the Norwegian government.

The Svalbard International Seed Vault will be built into a mountainside on a remote island near the North Pole.

The vault aims to safeguard the world's agriculture from future catastrophes, such as nuclear war, asteroid strikes and climate change.

Riiiiiight....so in the event of global nuclear war, as hundreds of millions die from the attacks, then disease, radiation sickness, the breakdown of global trade, law and order etc. someone from norway will get in their rowing boat and row off to svalbard, where they will enter their secret base and bring back to humanity the magical beans which will restore life as we knew it.

Riiiiiight...

MOBIUS
09-02-2007, 15:57:21
Sounds like a foolproof plan to me...:)

Funko
09-02-2007, 15:58:01
That'll make a good movie, probably better than the Drekkus wanking over a poster one.

Venom
09-02-2007, 16:00:26
They totally ripped this off from Deep Impact. The comet movie. Not the porno.

King_Ghidra
09-02-2007, 16:01:25
They even implicitly admit it's completely useless at the time it will be needed.


Once the collection has been established at Svalbard, Dr Fowler said the facility would operate with very little human intervention.

"Somebody will go up there once every year to physically check inside to see that everything is OK, but there will be no full-time staff," he explained.

"If you design a facility to be used in worst-case scenarios, then you cannot actually have too much dependency on human beings."



Wil these seeds just fly out of the Fortress of Solitude and go and plant themselves?!?!

Who are these crack-smoking monkeys?!

maroule
09-02-2007, 16:04:26
it's probably more a civic coup/PR stunt than meant to work
by taking real actions, it's probably meant to show that doomsday could happen... therefore raising awareness about the "mortality" of our planet/race, and hopefully bringing people to consider it seriously...

or I'm just giving the Norvegians gvt too much credit

Funko
09-02-2007, 16:04:31
It's for when the aliens come I expect.

Nills Lagerbaak
09-02-2007, 16:08:15
How can this be a comprehesive repository without the one seed that WILL save mankind - a sample of my semen?

Mr. Bas
09-02-2007, 16:09:48
Maybe it's pointless, but it's only 5 million dollars, I've seen far greater wastes of money.

Funko
09-02-2007, 16:12:41
Originally posted by Nills Lagerbaak
How can this be a comprehesive repository without the one seed that WILL save mankind - a sample of my semen?

Yes, because only semen is required to make people.

MOBIUS
09-02-2007, 16:14:40
Originally posted by Mr. Bas
Maybe it's pointless, but it's only 5 million dollars, I've seen far greater wastes of money.

Isn't $5m only enough to fund the Iraq War for 1 or 2 seconds?:cute:

MOBIUS
09-02-2007, 16:15:24
And that's assuming they have the aircon turned down low...

Debaser
09-02-2007, 16:20:30
While I agree it's largely pointless, I think it's quite a nice idea in a sort of hippyish way. There's something quite idealistic and sci-fi about a huge and potentially world saving seed depository built into a mountainside on a remote island. The building looks pretty stylish too.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/07/sci_nat_enl_1170943575/img/1.jpg

Gramercy Riffs
09-02-2007, 16:24:59
Isn't that just a screenshot from GoldenEye on the N64?

JM^3
09-02-2007, 16:26:26
Anyone play Fallout?

The mutant survivors will need places to go and recover things once they leave their caves.

JM

Tau Ceti
09-02-2007, 16:28:10
Traveling along that road looks great - especially when it is covered with ice.

Snotty
09-02-2007, 16:28:11
that sloping path is going to be as slippery as fuck in the ice. I guess the guy who goes to save the world gets to feel all indiana jones while trying to get there

MOBIUS
09-02-2007, 16:30:06
Yeah, they should booby-trap the place!:lol:

King_Ghidra
09-02-2007, 16:32:11
I love the way the mock-up picture has some young couple just going for a stroll outside the building :lol:

Tau Ceti
09-02-2007, 16:34:22
I am sure the metropolis of Longyearbyen (pop. 1200) is just around the corner.

Venom
09-02-2007, 16:39:28
Gonna cost more than 5 million to build something like that on an artic island.

Tau Ceti
09-02-2007, 16:43:02
It actually has both the location and looks of a typical supervillain lair. Those things don't come cheap.

Venom
09-02-2007, 16:46:14
God, that looks like one of Mr Gs shitty bridge "drawings".

Funko
09-02-2007, 16:47:05
Typical stock architect people in it.

Tau Ceti
09-02-2007, 16:47:06
At least it is not underwater.

Funko
09-02-2007, 16:47:26
Yet.

Tau Ceti
09-02-2007, 16:49:34
Own goal, but

"We also modelled climate change in a drastic form 200 years into future, which included the melting of ice sheets at the North and South Poles, and Greenland, to make sure that this site was above the resulting water level."

Tau Ceti
09-02-2007, 16:50:21
So no fun for Mr. G. :(

Funko
09-02-2007, 16:51:00
Just one small nuke underneath it.. or a big drill.

Tau Ceti
09-02-2007, 16:52:55
I find it somewhat worrying that the article has coloured Norway and Russia on its map. What is it they know that I don't? :nervous:

Tau Ceti
09-02-2007, 16:53:36
I guess a big drill would be a prerequisite for placing a nuke underneath it.

Tau Ceti
09-02-2007, 16:54:42
Once again, it sounds like a supervillain plan. Hmm, villain vs. villain rivalry?

Lurker the Second
09-02-2007, 19:50:36
Some fucking polar rats are going to break in and there will be hell to pay. Hell to pay, I tells ya!

Lefty Scaevola
09-02-2007, 22:09:27
Originally posted by Mr. Bas
Maybe it's pointless, but it's only 5 million dollars, I've seen far greater wastes of money.
Senator D. Inoue "Its just a lousy 7 million dollars!"

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
10-02-2007, 02:22:27
Originally posted by JM^3
Anyone play Fallout?

The mutant survivors will need places to go and recover things once they leave their caves.

JM

And it's worth 25000 XP too

Provost Harrison
10-02-2007, 12:06:00
Perhaps they could send Robert Kilroy-Silk to be the full time curator there! If so, it would be worth every penny! :D

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-02-2007, 12:10:09
If God appreciates irony it'll take a direct hit from a comet.

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-02-2007, 12:11:45
I'm going to break in and replace the seeds with a few copies of "Razzle" and a Pot Noodle.

Drekkus
12-02-2007, 12:41:50
Originally posted by Debaser
While I agree it's largely pointless, I think it's quite a nice idea in a sort of hippyish way. There's something quite idealistic and sci-fi about a huge and potentially world saving seed depository built into a mountainside on a remote island. The building looks pretty stylish too.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/07/sci_nat_enl_1170943575/img/1.jpg I suddenly feel the urge to play Medal of Honour

mr_G
12-02-2007, 12:45:16
Originally posted by Venom
God, that looks like one of Mr Gs shitty bridge "drawings". :lol:

MDA
12-02-2007, 13:45:07
they banked that road to shoot you straight off into the sea

We can stick the Cloning Vats up there too, along with the Singularity Inductor, a Nano Factory, and a supply of the Pholus Mutagen