Doomsday scenarios
A global catastrophic risk is a hypothetical future event with the potential to seriously damage human well-being on a global scale. Some events could destroy or cripple modern civilization. Other, ev...
Doomsday scenarios - Wikipedia
Our Simulated Universe Is Just One Piece of a Matryoshka Doll of Annihilation
Perhaps a posthuman civilization running simulations self-destructs, or a lab assistant accidentally spills coffee on computer hardware. Simulations can collapse.
The biggest explosions in the Universe
These bursts are a million times brighter than entire galaxies
Google developing kill switch for AI
Scientists from Google and Oxford University are working on first steps to ensure robots do not go rogue.
Massive, Ancient Asteroid Crater may Provide Clues to Dinosaur Extinction
Scientists digging deep into the Gulf of Mexico say they have cracked into a crater, formed some 65 million years ago after a massive asteroid struck the earth. The 33-member team of scientists from a...
After Black Holes Collide, a Puzzling Flash
A surprising flash that accompanied a black hole collision is leading physicists to rethink what black holes can do.
Zika Virus Could Be Bigger Global Health Threat Than Ebola, Say Health Experts
The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America could be a bigger threat to global health than the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Africa. That is the stark claim of several senior heal...
Will an Asteroid Threaten Earth on Christmas Eve? Not a Chance, NASA Says
There is no substance to multiple media reports that an asteroid passing by Earth will cause earthquakes on our own planet, according to asteroid experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Did 'Dark Matter' Or A Star Called Nemesis Kill The Dinosaurs?
The dinosaur extinction 66m years ago was most likely caused by a comet or big asteroid hitting the Earth. But given that asteroids don't actually hit our planet very often, could this really be the w...
‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Apparently Thronged By Comets
A star in a faraway solar system has caused quite a stir among astronomers. Its light fluctuates dramatically and in strange patterns, so scientists think something large and weird-shaped might be cir...
WHO Study Shows 3.7 Billion People Infected With Herpes Virus
More than half the world’s population is infected with the form of the herpes virus that causes cold sores, according to new numbers from the World Health Organization. In the Americas, around 39 per ...
What Do You Get When Two Neutron Stars Merge?
What remnant is formed by a neutron-star merger: another neutron star? Or a black hole? The answer determines whether or not an explosion of energy is released in the form of a gamma-ray burst. The me...
Unexpected Asteroid To Zip Past Earth On Halloween
We can expect a totally different kind of trick-or-treater this coming Halloween. A rather large asteroid—discovered less than three weeks ago—is set to to fly past the Earth at a distance not seen in...
Why Humanity's Survival May Depend On Colonizing Mars
After decades of space exploration, and countless movies on the subject, why exactly does Mars continue to inspire such high levels of fascination?Both the red planet and NASA are coasting on a wave o...
Asteroid Impact, Volcanism Were One-Two Punch For Dinosaurs
For 35 years, paleontologists and geologists have debated the role these two global events played in the last mass extinction, with one side claiming the eruptions were irrelevant, and the other side ...
Top 10 Times The World Nearly Ended
With comets hurtling towards earth, deadly GMO's and the threat of nuclear weapons dropping at any moment, it's amazing that we've managed to make it to 2015. Discover the 10 times we've come perilous...
NASA Debunks Internet Rumor of Asteroid Striking Earth Next Month
NASA was forced to speak publicly this week to settle an unfounded rumor about an imminent clash of an asteroid on Earth. Previous reports suggested that in mid to late September, it is possible that ...
Pandemic
A pandemic (from Greek πᾶν pan "all" and δῆμος demos "people") is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region; for instance multiple continents, o...
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The biggest explosions in the Universe
These bursts are a million times brighter than entire galaxies
Google developing kill switch for AI
Scientists from Google and Oxford University are working on first steps to ensure robots do not go rogue.
Massive, Ancient Asteroid Crater may Provide Clues to Dinosaur Extinction
Scientists digging deep into the Gulf of Mexico say they have cracked into a crater, formed some 65 million years ago after a massive asteroid struck the earth. The 33-member team of scientists from a...
HIV/AIDS in Yunnan
The People's Republic of China's first reported AIDS case was identified in 1985 in a dying tourist. In 1989, the first indigenous cases were reported as an outbreak in 146 infected heroin users in Yu...
HIV/AIDS in Yunnan - Wikipedia
Nuclear holocaust
Nuclear holocaust or nuclear apocalypse refers to a possible complete or nearly complete annihilation of human life by the use of a large enough quantity of nuclear weapons to produce a Doomsday devic...
Nuclear holocaust - Wikipedia
Zika Virus Could Be Bigger Global Health Threat Than Ebola, Say Health Experts
The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America could be a bigger threat to global health than the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Africa. That is the stark claim of several senior heal...
2009 flu pandemic
The 2009 flu pandemic or swine flu was an influenza pandemic, and the second of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus (the first of them being the 1918 flu pandemic), albeit in a new versio...
2009 flu pandemic - Wikipedia
Antonine Plague
The Antonine Plague of 165–180 AD—also known as the Plague of Galen, who described it—was an ancient pandemic brought back to the Roman Empire by troops returning from campaigns in the Near East. It h...
HIV/AIDS
Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Following initial...
HIV/AIDS - Wikipedia