CNN has taken down an article describing a false doomsday scenario in which a 10-mile-wide asteroid was said to be on a collision course with Earth within 30 years, alarming readers and scientists. According to the unvetted story by a user named Marcus575, which ran on iReport, the network's citizen journalism section, NASA scientists put the odds of an impact at 1 in 2.04.
But that scenario is false, according to a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory spokeswoman. The article's inaccuracy was also noted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Knight Science Journalism site, which stated that the only plausible item in the story was the recent discovery of the asteroid by...
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