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(Some Guy)   Cambridge professor claims 50/50 chance all life on Earth will end in next century, names top eight PANIC-inducing scenarios   (adventurebooks.newsvine.com) divider line 253
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2007-07-06 07:13:52 PM
Time to buy Old Glory robot insurance.

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2007-07-06 07:18:23 PM
flucto just made me smile.
 
2007-07-06 07:29:10 PM
50 50... more like 20 12

/lol
 
2007-07-06 07:32:35 PM
flucto: Time to buy Old Glory robot insurance.

Win. Thread over.

/Came in to say that.
//*shakes fist*
 
2007-07-06 07:37:24 PM
All like? That's a pretty steep order.

Chances are life will survive, somewhere. With the possible exception of a black hole or the sun going nova (in other words, the physical destruction of the planet/solar system), life will survive. It's good at it.
 
2007-07-06 07:38:05 PM
Nevermind. TFA says "human life", not "all life" like Submitter wrote.
 
2007-07-06 07:52:43 PM
flucto: The pie doesn't lie.

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2007-07-06 07:57:50 PM
6) Gamma Ray Burst...

Wouldn't we all just turn into a bunch of Hulks?
 
2007-07-06 07:59:07 PM
www.imghut.net
 
2007-07-06 08:04:16 PM
He's got it all wrong. The world will end in 2012:

GW will be elected for the fourth time after scrapping the term limits part of the constitution next year.

The second coming of Jesus is due to occur at some time around then. (Actually he's here already but he is trying to properly construct a headline for Fark to announce it)

But on the bright side, Fenway Park will get the all-star game for their 100 year anniversary.
 
2007-07-06 08:10:46 PM
I'm sure half of all things living today will be dead by 2100.
 
2007-07-06 08:12:59 PM
The list is bullshiat--where are "Giant Hedgehogs from Mars"?
 
2007-07-06 08:16:43 PM
Wlt's see, this is how I remember things.

70s we all gonza die
80s we ain got no jorb
90s dey done stolz my bebez
00s we's not relevent but we won' die
10s (prediction): brainsssssssss
 
2007-07-06 08:23:53 PM
An insurance policy with a robot plan? Certainly, I'm too old.
 
2007-07-06 08:25:35 PM
If we are gonna go, I vote for the man made blackhole. That would be the coolest.


/Hey it could happen
//After all million to one chances occur 9 times out of 10.
 
2007-07-06 08:25:52 PM
For when the metal ones decide to come for you.


And they will.
 
2007-07-06 08:26:07 PM
50/50 huh? So it will either happen or it won't. That one hell of a prediction you got there!

/useless
 
2007-07-06 08:26:57 PM
they eat old peoples' medicine for fuel
 
2007-07-06 08:27:34 PM
Whatever happened to good old-fashion enslaved by penguins?..

frozenstar.com
 
2007-07-06 08:27:52 PM
Why would you even make a prediction like that, who the hell is gonna be around to tell you you're right?
 
2007-07-06 08:28:15 PM
unit1137: If we are gonna go, I vote for the man made blackhole. That would be the coolest.


Come on what about total existence failure. It's when all the individual atoms that make up the Earth cease to exist at the same instant. I mean, yeah, the chances are 20 six google billionteen to 1 but that would be a sweet way to go.

/read about it a while ago online
//science magazine?
 
2007-07-06 08:29:05 PM
simdan42: 50/50 huh? So it will either happen or it won't. That one hell of a prediction you got there!

Um...statistics much?
 
2007-07-06 08:29:54 PM
Reason #1 why space exploration and colonization should be the human race's single overriding priority. To have pulled ourselves up from the muck over millions of years, surviving numerous massive asteroid strikes and calamities, only to fail this close to reaching the stars would be totally pathetic. Our ancestors would mock us for eternity. Yes, the likelihood of a life-ending disaster are slim, but given what's at stake, should we really be so cavalier about it? All our eggs are in one basket...
 
2007-07-06 08:30:47 PM
Ha......I laugh at his 8...

Anyone been keeping up with the squirrels?
 
2007-07-06 08:30:59 PM
I should have stayed in school and got the PHD so I could get any random collection of thoughts published.
 
2007-07-06 08:31:14 PM
attackingpencil: Come on what about total existence failure.

Gotta admit that would be cool too. Insta gone!
 
2007-07-06 08:31:32 PM
I didn't see Zombie Infestation on that list.
 
2007-07-06 08:31:41 PM
Serious question: the article says that despite the danger of the GRB, we would have several years to prepare for it. Dont gamma rays travel the speed of light? How would we be able to prepare for it when our first glimpse of the GRB would be (nearly) simultaneous with our getting fried? Or do these GRBs come from some other celestial body that we know of and would be able to predict them?
 
2007-07-06 08:33:03 PM
Subby and article headline refer to all life ending, actual article discusses end of human life, with or without end of other life.

My favorite line from the article:

The good news is that even if a nearby star emitted a GRB, we would have a few years to prepare before it reached us.

Since the gamma rays travel at the speed of light, we would have no advance notice.

The only way we could have advance notice is if we observed pre-emission changes that we recognized as such.
 
2007-07-06 08:33:34 PM
What about my Sphere of Annihilation?

/void power!!
//ueber geek
 
2007-07-06 08:34:12 PM
9. Lesbian Gangs with Pink Pistols.
 
2007-07-06 08:34:53 PM
Baron Krelve: Or do these GRBs come from some other celestial body that we know of and would be able to predict them?

I don't know but at least we'd all be a race of Incredible Hulks. I don't know if that will make sporting events more or less interesting.
 
2007-07-06 08:35:02 PM
I remember reading an article about an astronomer who watched a massive gamma radiation burst in some galaxy that lasted like an entire day. He thought it was really cool because he had all day to observe, measure it, etc. It was really rare because they normally last 5-20 minutes and they have to be looking in the right spot at the right time.

He then realized that the burst was so strong and lasted so long that it probably eradicated all life in that entire galaxy.
 
2007-07-06 08:35:21 PM
it will be either religion or an asteroid but it will happen.
 
2007-07-06 08:35:26 PM
Ah, Baron Krelve you scooped me by 82 seconds!
 
2007-07-06 08:35:32 PM
Pandemic and over population could very well cancel each other out and probably relieve a lot of political pressure over resources.

Something that could wipe out 90% of the human population could be a pretty big blessing. Of course it'll such if you're in the 90% rather than the 10%. And it'll suck for awhile if you're in the 10% because you'll be spending a lot of time digging mass graves.
 
2007-07-06 08:36:05 PM
Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Reason #1 why space exploration and colonization should be the human race's single overriding priority. To have pulled ourselves up from the muck over millions of years, surviving numerous massive asteroid strikes and calamities, only to fail this close to reaching the stars would be totally pathetic. Our ancestors would mock us for eternity. Yes, the likelihood of a life-ending disaster are slim, but given what's at stake, should we really be so cavalier about it? All our eggs are in one basket...

QFT

"b...b...b...but Social Welfare Programs would be cut!"

I never understood that all or nothing mentality. it IS possible to have funds for both social programs, national defense, AND space exploration.

it's not Cake or Death for christ's sake.
 
2007-07-06 08:36:37 PM
Also his #3 is total crap as inside the last million years the temperature has varied as much as +10 degrees F on average, and with a variance of +/- 27 degrees F.
 
2007-07-06 08:36:41 PM
Huh? The Fark redesign didn't even make the list?
 
2007-07-06 08:37:31 PM
How would we "prepare" for a gamma ray burst anyway? I watched a thing on the History channel, and it said many GRBs contain more energy than our sun releases in its ENTIRE 10 billion year life. It would basically cook everything with 100 times the survivable amount of radiation. I don't see anyway to stop that!
 
2007-07-06 08:39:26 PM
9. Lesbian Gangs with Pink Pistols.

We have a winner.
 
2007-07-06 08:39:50 PM
5) Robots Take Over The World

www.englisch.schule.de

Approves.
 
2007-07-06 08:40:37 PM
Our most impending disaster is climate change. We don't even know how fast things will happen. We only know that climates are changing now, and people are dieing now. We have projections and predictions, but we still don't know. The planet seems to be resourceful, just as life seems to be. The planet is a living entity and seems to be trying to protect itself from it's biggest pest, humans. Earth doesn't care if humans survive as long as she does.
 
2007-07-06 08:42:29 PM
I work for Hugo Drax and I am getting a kick out of these replies.


Death by Bond villian did not make the list. This makes it worthless. One day Bond will fail and the Earth will be destroyed.
 
2007-07-06 08:43:12 PM
TownDrunk: It would basically cook everything with 100 times the survivable amount of radiation. I don't see anyway to stop that!

Easy. Kill 120 people (safety margin!), stack the bodies on top of you, done. Next catastrophe, please
 
2007-07-06 08:44:07 PM
grotto_man
Since the gamma rays travel at the speed of light, we would have no advance notice.

Traveling at the speed of light does not mean they get here instantaneously. The light from the stars you see in the sky took quite a long time to reach your eyes.
 
2007-07-06 08:45:24 PM
I remember reading an article about an astronomer who watched a massive gamma radiation burst in some galaxy that lasted like an entire day. He thought it was really cool because he had all day to observe, measure it, etc. It was really rare because they normally last 5-20 minutes and they have to be looking in the right spot at the right time.

He then realized that the burst was so strong and lasted so long that it probably eradicated all life in that entire galaxy.


OK, that creeped me out. Thanks, madcat

/was hoping to sleep tonight...
 
2007-07-06 08:45:24 PM
I've come to warn you that in 3 million years you'll be dead!

Will I really?!
 
2007-07-06 08:46:49 PM
8) Overpopulation

Anyone who doesn't want children can use this as justification.

"I'm not being selfish. I'm looking out for the human race."

Sweet.
 
2007-07-06 08:47:51 PM
To you gamma ray questioneers:

Current theory states that gamma ray burst events are caused by the superheating of gases around the event horizon of black holes. So, you see a nearby star going nova, and can predict that it will collapse in the manner that produces the correct sort of black hole that will fire a gamma ray burst in your direction. Ergo, you have a few years warning.
 
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