The Green Goo

Ends of the World: The Green Goo

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.

See The Future

Ends Of The World: Time Traveling Tourists

There’s always a lot of speculation about what will happen when the first time machine is switched on. Most physicists, if they believe time travel is possible, suggest that its user will only be able to travel as far back in time as when the machine was first created and initialized. Like wormholes, or Kerr …

Roswell Aliens?

Ends Of The World: First Contact

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 a retransmitted broadcast of Adolf …

Ends Of The World: Gamma-Ray Bursts

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 to stop our impending annihilation. …

1 In 7 Believe The Apocalypse Will Occur In Their Lifetime

A new Ipsos Public Affairs poll has found that a good chunk of the world’s population believes the end is coming. And soon. 15 percent believe the apocalypse will happen “during their lifetime,” while 10 percent believe the Mayan doomsday prophecies are correct, and that something will occur at the end of this year. The …