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(Fox News)   Assuming we don't do anything stupid, like blow ourselves up, scientists have figured out Earth's expiration date: another 1.75 billion years, so get your affairs in order and smoke 'em if you got 'em   (foxnews.com) divider line 35
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2013-09-19 02:49:11 PM
Meh.  I'm more concerned about what happens when all the hydrogen in the universe burns up...
 
2013-09-19 03:24:37 PM

UberDave: Meh.  I'm more concerned about what happens when all the hydrogen in the universe burns up...


I'm more concerned about the intergalactic highway that's slated to be built through here.
 
2013-09-19 03:31:07 PM
Earth will be fine, just too hot for liquid water.

It's the organisms that live on the planet that will be in trouble.
 
2013-09-19 03:33:08 PM
So one day, we decide those Chinese sons-of-a-biatches are going down...
 
2013-09-19 03:33:42 PM
."Anatomically modern humans have only been around for the last 200,000 years so you can see it takes a really long time for intelligent life to develop."

I'm still waiting.
 
2013-09-19 03:40:34 PM
fta: Of course, conditions for complex life including humans would become untenable before the planet entered the hot zone.

You don't know that. One thing life is extremely resilient at is adapting to changes in its planet's climate or atmospheric composition. There have been anywhere from 5 to 20 mass extinction events in Earth's history (depending on how you want to define them), and we are only certain that maybe one of them was not due to the planet itself.

When the planet changes -- gets warmer, gets colder, increases oxygen, increases CO2, whatever -- it ends up killing most life, but the life that survives is the life best equipped to deal with the new environment, and we would not have the diversity of life today without such a turbulent planet pushing evolution the whole time.

With that said -- yeah, around 1.75 billion years the planet will be too hot for anything. The seas will boil and the atmosphere will evaporate into space. It'll look like a really hot Mars. Our species will most certainly not be around by then -- either annihilated or evolved into something else.
 
2013-09-19 03:40:41 PM

Inigo: So one day, we decide those Chinese sons-of-a-biatches are going down...


FIRE ZE MISSILES!
 
2013-09-19 03:49:30 PM
In 1.75 billion years, dozens of intelligent species could rise and fall.
 
2013-09-19 04:04:04 PM
This information fundamentally alters my life.
 
2013-09-19 04:19:41 PM

RedPhoenix122: UberDave: Meh.  I'm more concerned about what happens when all the hydrogen in the universe burns up...

I'm more concerned about the intergalactic highway that's slated to be built through here.


There's no point acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display in your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years, so you've had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint - and it's far too late to start making a fuss about it now.
 
2013-09-19 04:25:25 PM
If we manage not to kill ourselves before we hit that fabled technological singularity we'll probably tow the earth to a more convenient solar system after we've converted the outer planets into spacecraft and energy.
 
2013-09-19 04:34:31 PM

simplicimus: ."Anatomically modern humans have only been around for the last 200,000 years so you can see it takes a really long time for intelligent life to develop."

I'm still waiting.


And for only 50-60,000 of those years have we been behaviorally modern humans, based on our best estimates. Which means that people -- actual people, like you and me -- stood around grunting, eating grubs and shiatting themselves like beasts for a good 150,000 years before someone finally  figured out the magic of language.

20,000 years later, they were creating works of art that are genuinely inspiring.
 
2013-09-19 04:38:14 PM

Ishkur: With that said -- yeah, around 1.75 billion years the planet will be too hot for anything. The seas will boil and the atmosphere will evaporate into space.


...Assuming our descendants don't decide to move Earth further away from the sun, of course.
 
2013-09-19 04:45:54 PM

Uncle Tractor: Ishkur: With that said -- yeah, around 1.75 billion years the planet will be too hot for anything. The seas will boil and the atmosphere will evaporate into space.

...Assuming our descendants don't decide to move Earth further away from the sun, of course.


That's Plan B, only to be used if Plan A fails:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-19 04:46:29 PM

Ishkur: fta: Of course, conditions for complex life including humans would become untenable before the planet entered the hot zone.

You don't know that. One thing life is extremely resilient at is adapting to changes in its planet's climate or atmospheric composition. There have been anywhere from 5 to 20 mass extinction events in Earth's history (depending on how you want to define them), and we are only certain that maybe one of them was not due to the planet itself.

When the planet changes -- gets warmer, gets colder, increases oxygen, increases CO2, whatever -- it ends up killing most life, but the life that survives is the life best equipped to deal with the new environment, and we would not have the diversity of life today without such a turbulent planet pushing evolution the whole time.

With that said -- yeah, around 1.75 billion years the planet will be too hot for anything. The seas will boil and the atmosphere will evaporate into space. It'll look like a really hot Mars. Our species will most certainly not be around by then -- either annihilated or evolved into something else.


Or develop the tech to go into the stars to search for other habitable planets.
 
2013-09-19 04:50:52 PM

Rwa2play: Or develop the tech to go into the stars to search for other habitable planets.


That won't stop us evolving into something else,
 
2013-09-19 04:53:38 PM

Rwa2play: Ishkur: fta: Of course, conditions for complex life including humans would become untenable before the planet entered the hot zone.

You don't know that. One thing life is extremely resilient at is adapting to changes in its planet's climate or atmospheric composition. There have been anywhere from 5 to 20 mass extinction events in Earth's history (depending on how you want to define them), and we are only certain that maybe one of them was not due to the planet itself.

When the planet changes -- gets warmer, gets colder, increases oxygen, increases CO2, whatever -- it ends up killing most life, but the life that survives is the life best equipped to deal with the new environment, and we would not have the diversity of life today without such a turbulent planet pushing evolution the whole time.

With that said -- yeah, around 1.75 billion years the planet will be too hot for anything. The seas will boil and the atmosphere will evaporate into space. It'll look like a really hot Mars. Our species will most certainly not be around by then -- either annihilated or evolved into something else.

Or develop the tech to go into the stars to search for other habitable planets.


Eventually all the stars will burn out and all the matter will decay into nothingness. We're screwed no matter what (unless we invent time travel).
 
2013-09-19 04:54:45 PM

mainstreet62: FIRE ZE MISSILES!


But, I am le tired
 
2013-09-19 04:58:19 PM

Inigo: So one day, we decide those Chinese sons-of-a-biatches are going down...


But I am le tired!
 
2013-09-19 05:14:21 PM

TheRealist: mainstreet62: FIRE ZE MISSILES!

But, I am le tired


Twitch Boy: Inigo: So one day, we decide those Chinese sons-of-a-biatches are going down...

But I am le tired!


Well, have a nap THEN FIRE ZE MISSILES!
 
2013-09-19 05:20:37 PM

Ishkur: That won't stop us evolving into something else,


I think it's far more likely that we'll engineer ourselves into something else. I give our species another 500 years, tops, after which our descendants become immortals with five-digit IQs and gigantic genitals.
 
2013-09-19 05:47:52 PM
Assuming we don't do anything stupid, like blow ourselves up

Too much of a stretch.
 
2013-09-19 06:44:33 PM
If Star Trek Into Darkness is right, we can stop a volcano from erupting.  Just scale up the cold fusion bomb to a much larger size and detonate it by the Sun.  Problem solved.
Or we cause massive volcanic eruptions that send ash into the atmosphere.  This will cause massive global cooling and problem solved.
Or we melt the polar ice sheets and that will disrupt the thermohaline cycle.  This may cause the temperature to cool and cause another Ice Age.  Problem solved.
 
2013-09-19 06:51:28 PM

RedPhoenix122: UberDave: Meh.  I'm more concerned about what happens when all the hydrogen in the universe burns up...

I'm more concerned about the intergalactic highway that's slated to be built through here.


eminent domain, my ass!
 
2013-09-19 08:02:08 PM
Don't worry, towards the end i'll keep playing the song of time to give us 3 more days, until the moon crashes into earth.
 
2013-09-19 08:16:18 PM

Fano: Don't worry, towards the end i'll keep playing the song of time to give us 3 more days, until the moon crashes into earth.


Yeah, but after about the 6th time doing it, you get the feeling that the town isn't really worth saving.
 
2013-09-19 09:01:11 PM
I think about a number like that, and get sad that I won't be around to see what life will look like that far into existence. There's just so many things that could happen, and I will miss all of it.

/Le sigh
 
2013-09-19 09:35:39 PM
Seen it happen:
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2013-09-19 10:07:16 PM
Alright, who's bringing the 7 layer bean dip?
 
2013-09-19 10:40:05 PM
Fox News reported this?  I'm surprised.  I thought that they're sticking to the "Jeebus will return momentarily" party line, which means we needn't bother with things like conserving natural resources or decreasing pollution in the air and water.
 
2013-09-19 11:07:02 PM

give me doughnuts: In 1.75 billion years, dozens of intelligent species could rise and fall.


The reptiles had their day, then the dinosaurs, now the mammals. I think cetaceans are next at bat, followed by some species that doesn't exist yet. Unless the O2 level increases dramatically, then the insects get a shot.
 
2013-09-19 11:07:29 PM

simplicimus: ."Anatomically modern humans have only been around for the last 200,000 years so you can see it takes a really long time for intelligent life to develop."

I'm still waiting.


This guy is awaiting non-avian intelligent life..

ourfunnyplanet.com
 
2013-09-19 11:13:07 PM

FlashHarry: RedPhoenix122: UberDave: Meh.  I'm more concerned about what happens when all the hydrogen in the universe burns up...

I'm more concerned about the intergalactic highway that's slated to be built through here.

There's no point acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display in your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years, so you've had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint - and it's far too late to start making a fuss about it now.


Would you care to buy a raffle ticket?  The winner gets a gramophone record of Scottish bagpipe music. it's lovely.
 
2013-09-19 11:13:10 PM

Harry_Seldon: simplicimus: ."Anatomically modern humans have only been around for the last 200,000 years so you can see it takes a really long time for intelligent life to develop."

I'm still waiting.

This guy is awaiting non-avian intelligent life..

[ourfunnyplanet.com image 480x534]


That's just a dinosaur, dreaming of the good old days.
 
2013-09-20 02:36:30 AM

Ishkur: Rwa2play: Or develop the tech to go into the stars to search for other habitable planets.

That won't stop us evolving into something else,


Einstein figured out general and special relativity a hundred years ago and we've been goofing around ever since. By then we might have M-theory figured out. We might be able to turn people into beams of light for travel and time would stand still for those making the trip. This would be coach. First class would just stay here and start over at the beginning as an energy based form This might have already happened millions of times. If you ever have to flush the toilet before taking a piss, on some subconscious level you may already know you aren't alone.
 
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