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    @@@@SPAN ="articleline">Humans must leave Earth to survive, says Hawking@@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="author">By Andrew Woodcock@@@@/SPAN>
    @@@@SPAN ="articlesummary">MANKIND will need to leave planet Earth to ensure the long-term survival of the species, theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking warned yesterday. @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN ="article">Prof Hawking said that space rockets propelled by the kind of matter/antimatter annihilation technology used in Star Trek would be needed to colonise hospitable planets orbiting other stars. @@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="article">Prof Hawking was speaking ahead of the presentation to him yesterday of Britain’s highest scientific award, the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, previously granted to Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday and Captain James Cook.@@@@/SPAN> @@@@SPAN ="article">He told BBC radio that scientists may be within 20 years of reaching his prediction that mankind would one day “know the mind of God” by understanding all the laws which govern the universe. @@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="article">And he said that this knowledge may be vital to the human race’s continued existence. @@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="article">“The long-term survival of the human race is at risk as long as it is confined to a single planet,” he said. @@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="article">“Disasters such as an asteroid collision or nuclear war could wipe us all out. But once we spread out into space and establish independent colonies, our future should be safe. @@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="article">“There isn’t anywhere like the Earth in the solar system, so we would have to go to another star. @@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="article">“Science fiction has developed the idea of warp drive, which takes you instantly to your destination. Unfortunately, this would violate the scientific law which says that nothing can travel faster than light. @@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="article">“We can still within the law, by using matter/antimatter annihilation, at least reach just below the speed of light. With that, it would be possible to reach the next star in about six years.” @@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="article">The science fiction series Star Trek has used matter/antimatter annihilation as an explanation for the warp drive which powers spaceships through vast distances in short periods of time@@@@/SPAN>
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