50 Ways the World Is Going to End: The Biggest Threats to by Alok Jha

By Alok Jha

Dying through Euphoria. Dysgenics. inhabitants demise Spiral. Genetic Superhumans. Geomagnetic Reversal. Galactic Collision. Strangelets. no matter if we love it or now not, everything's going to come back to a gorgeous disagreeable halt on our planet at some point soon sooner or later. What we do not understand is what shape our extinction is probably going to take. during this available and wonderful ebook, acclaimed author Alok Jha explains the head-spinning apocalyptic technology at the back of 50 frightening doomsday situations.

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Here is a secret of preparedness that is easy to forget: it is calming to prepare. Having things to do gives people a sense of control. ” Because you can be sure that a virulent pandemic will happen again one day. “Influenza was the twentieth century’s weapon of mass destruction, killing more than the Nazis, more than the atomic bomb, and more than the First World War,” says John Oxford, a virologist at the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry. “We would do well to dwell very seriously indeed on this fact.

You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. ” Back in the real world, soma does not exist. At least, not yet. We have an ever-increasing repertoire of drugs to treat the unwell, but soon there will also be drugs for the healthy, to improve mental skills and alertness, to de-stress after hellish days at work and to induce euphoria at the weekends, all without side effects. How long before we use so many drugs so willingly that we are no longer in control? Perhaps the end of society as we know it will not come with a bang, but will fade away in a self-administered medical haze.

Nature is the greatest bioterrorist of our world, and we should concentrate and expand our efforts in public health. ” The Doomsday Machine The Cold War was the closest the world ever came to a man-made Armageddon. In the decades after the Second World War, the United States and the USSR built thousands of missiles bristling with nuclear bombs, and aimed them at each other’s major cities. Letting one loose would have been a disaster; firing all of them would have destroyed the world. Both sides knew the consequences of an all-out nuclear war.

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