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UNH Experts Available to Discuss Science Behind ABC’S “Last Days on Earth”
By David Sims
Science Writer
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
(603) 862-5369
david.sims@unh.edu

August 30, 2006

DURHAM, N.H. – ABC News will broadcast a show tonight detailing the fate of Earth should our home planet have a close encounter with a gamma ray burst, a black hole, or an asteroid. Other situations addressed in the show, “Last Days on Earth,” include global warming, plague, and bio-terror attack.

Scientists from the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS), Department of Physics, and Department of Natural Resources are available to discuss the science behind some of the scenarios.

“Last Days on Earth,” which uses Portsmouth, N.H., as the backdrop for some of the scenes, airs this evening from 9-11 p.m. on “20/20.”

Gamma and Cosmic Rays
Professor James Ryan, EOS and Physics Dept. – Office (603) 862-3510; Cell phone (603) 781-6776; james.ryan@unh.edu

High Energy Astronomy, Black Holes
Associate Professor Mark McConnell, EOS and Physics Dept. – Office (603) 862-2047; Cell phone (603) 247-3987; mark.mcconnell@unh.edu

Asteroids
Research Associate Professor Ed Tedesco, EOS – Office (603) 397-5282; Cell phone 603-767-5202; ed.tedesco@unh.edu

Global Climate Change
Professor Barrett Rock, EOS and Dept. of Natural Resources – Office (603) 862-2949; barry.rock@unh.edu