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‘Doomsday’ seed vault gets makeover as Arctic heats up

LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY: Designed to withstand a nuclear missile hit, the world's biggest seed vault, nestled deep inside an Arctic mountain, is undergoing a makeover as rising temperatures melt the permafrost meant to protect it. Dubbed the "Noah's Ark" of food crops, the Global Seed Vault is buried inside a former coal mine on Svalbard, a remote Arctic island in a Norwegian archipelago around 1,000 kilometres (650 miles) from the North Pole. Opened in 2008, the seed bank plays a key role in preserving the world's…

Snowden still has ‘doomsday’ collection of classified material

Washington/London: U.S and British intelligence officials say they are concerned about a “doomsday” collection of highly classified heavily encrypted materials they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden may have stored away. The cache supposedly contains documents with names of US and allied intelligence personnel, seven current and former US officials and other sources. The collection is shielded by elaborate encryption that requires multiple passwords to open, said two of the sources, who all…