(London Daily Mail) They are an improbable group of superheroes. But some of Britain’s greatest minds have got together to focus their powers on saving humanity from itself.

Led by the Astronomer Royal and Cambridge don Martin Rees, famous thinkers such as physicist Stephen Hawking and former Government chief scientist Robert May have formed a society to draw up a doomsday list of risks that could wipe out mankind.

From crippling cyber-attacks by terrorists using the Internet to cause havoc, to the release of engineered diseases and killer computers, they warn the future is far from rosy.

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