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Eight ways the world might actually end
21 December 2012 10:02 AM
It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but as all Tele-evangelists and climate scientists agree, the end of the world - or at least humanity - is surely coming. The only question that remains is, how?
Daniela Hernandez at Wired magazine has complied a list of likely apocalyses (apocalypsi?) which makes enlightening, if profoundly depressing, reading.
Did you know, for instance, that "asteroid accident" and "comet collision" are two entirely distinct doomsday scenarios? While NASA predicts a non-world ending, but potentially city-destroying asteroid collision about every 110 years, comets (made of ice and dust, as opposed to rock and metals) are especially dangerous because they zoom into into our galaxy from farther away and at much higher velocities, and therefore are more difficult to detect.