Tag Archives: Ends of the World


Russia Wants to Blow Up An Asteroid

March 3, 2016 Space 2 Comments

There are many ways to stop an asteroid. You could attach rockets to one, steering it away from Earth. You could shoot one, knocking it off course. You could even capture one inside an inflatable bag, redirecting it elsewhere. Seriously. And then there’s the old Armageddon standby: Nuke the asteroid to ...

Ends of the World: Nuclear War
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Ends of the World: Nuclear War

February 8, 2013 Science

We live on the brink of destruction. The above video is an artistic representation of the 2,053 nuclear explosions that occurred between 1945 and 1998. According to the Federation of American Scientists, there are 4,300 active (operational) nuclear warheads and more than 17,000 total nuclear warheads in the world as ...

The Green Goo

Ends of the World: The Green Goo

January 7, 2013 Science

The Grey Goo may be hypothetically dangerous, a potential warning for those who think unrestricted, self-replicating nanobots are, you know, a good idea. But there’s something else out there. Something worse. Something that could pose a real threat to humanity and, indeed, our entire ecosystem. The Green Goo.

Roswell Aliens?

Ends Of The World: First Contact

October 18, 2012 Science

In Carl Sagan’s novel Contact, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) gets exactly what they’ve been, well, searching for: a communication from an alien civilization. In fact, they receive a series of communications. One is a repeating signal in the “universal language” of mathematics, the first 261 prime numbers. Another is ...

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Ends Of The World: Gamma-Ray Bursts

September 3, 2012 Space

There’s something out there. Something that happens every day. If it were to happen at the right distance, and point in just the right direction, it would obliterate everything on Earth’s surface. We wouldn’t have much warning, and any preparation would be meaningless. There would be nothing we could do ...