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

By Alok Jha

Dying by way of Euphoria. Dysgenics. inhabitants loss of life Spiral. Genetic Superhumans. Geomagnetic Reversal. Galactic Collision. Strangelets. even if we adore it or now not, everything's going to return to an exquisite disagreeable halt on our planet at some point soon sooner or later. What we do not be aware of is what shape our extinction is probably going to take. during this obtainable and exciting publication, acclaimed author Alok Jha explains the head-spinning apocalyptic technological know-how at the back of 50 scary doomsday eventualities.

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The phrase says it all: if two sides go to war, both can be assured of the complete destruction of the other. In a nuclear strike, millions of people would die in the initial blasts and firestorms where the bombs detonated. Further afield, billions more would perish from sickness and starvation in the months and years that followed, a consequence of the Earth’s sudden transformation into a barren wasteland where no plant or animal could survive. And if you thought it was something consigned to history, think again.

A dirty bomb is disproportionately deadly. These are weapons whose dangerous repercussions continue long beyond any initial blast, sowing fear and uncertainty for weeks, months, possibly years afterward. Radioactive dust, such as plutonium or americium particles, can become embedded in people’s lungs, emitting harmful alpha radiation (the energetic nuclei of helium atoms) for years after the initial exposure. “Dust from a radiological weapon would remain trapped for extended periods in cracks and crevices on the surfaces of buildings, sidewalks and streets, and some would have been swept into the interiors of buildings,” said Levi and Kelly.

Our species has the unique ability in the history of life on Earth as the first that can remake our world. But we can also destroy it. All too real are the humancaused threats borne of climate change, excess pollution, depletion of natural resources and the madness of nuclear weapons. We tinker with our genes and atoms at our own peril—nanotechnology, synthetic biology and genetic modification offer much potential in giving us better food to eat, safer drugs and a cleaner world. But they could also go wrong if misused.

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