When you think of doomsday preppers, you probably think of folks with a basement full of canned food, hand-crank radios, and batteries. In Norway, though, the government has taken a different kind of doomsday precaution by saving seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault . The world’s largest secure seed storage has been in operation since 2008, accepting deposits from around the world to resupply agricultural fields in the event of a major crop-devastating natural disaster. Now scientists are making a major withdrawal from the seed bank for the first time, but not for reasons they anticipated. The war in Syria has interrupted the work of scientists in Aleppo, making it necessary to recover wheat seeds from the so-called ‘Doomsday Vault’ for planting.