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|Hawking: Escape to Space to Save the Human Race
- Stars hold key in avoiding anthrax-style anhilation, says top scientist
TOP SCIENTIST Stephen Hawking has come up with a novel solution to the problem of biological and chemical warfare that has gripped attention worldwide following anthrax attacks on various US media organisations.
"I think humans will have to learn to live in space," Hawking said. "You can't regulate every lab in the world. The danger is that either by accident or design, we create a virus that destroys us. I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space."
Hawking, famous as the author of bestselling popular science book A Brief History of Time, believes humans will one day develop space ships able to travel at speeds far in excess of current craft, making space exploration and the coloniation of other planets feasible.
"I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars," Hawking said.