Drilling advances

History is replete with examples of fear of the unknown striking panic into otherwise sensible and clear-headed individuals. We recall how the approaching new millennium spurred widespread fears that the world’s computer network would go wacko and effectively shut down life as we knew it. The anxiety over the feared Y2K bug brought back faint memories of Cold War-era air raid drills where we were instructed to duck beneath our school desks, as if that would protect us from the nuclear annihilation that we were warned was around the corner.

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