Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ten Ways Our World Ends

UST-GS Research assignment: Discuss each items as presented here in reverse order.   
Dr Abe V Rotor
Based on the lecture of Stephen Petranek
TED Talks



 Big Bang in acrylic by the author

10. We lose the will to survive
Remember Never Ending Story? Duel between the boy hero and the devil wolf ended with the triumph of the human spirit.  

9. Aliens invade the Earth 

Fiction yesterday, fact today. Do you believe in other intelligent beings outside our own planet?

8. The collapse of the ecosystems
So with the biomes (grouping of similar or related ecosystems, e.g. Rainforest) as a result of shrinking wildlife.

7. Particle Accelerator mishap

Similar, if not worse, than nuclear reactor meltdown. Unleashing sub-atomic particles capable of igniting chain reaction. 

6. Biocide disaster 
Biological agents in warfare causing pandemic to humans, animals and crops. 

5. Reversal of the Earth's magnetic field.
Earth's magnetic field acts like a shield to protect Earth from damaging solar particles. The Sun releases a flow of charged particles into space that can affect life on Earth. Reversal has global impact to our communication systems network. 

4. Giant solar flares
Tongues of fire arising from the sun's surface exacerbate global warming and El Nino phenomenon.   

3. New Global Epidemic

H1N1, Ebola, HIV-AIDS, virulent flu virus top the pathogenic epidemic diseases; while obesity, cell radiation, fatal stress are the recent global causes of death. 
  
2. We meet a rogue Black Hole
Theoretical physicists reveal the presence of black holes in our galaxy, giant whirlpools that swallow up stars into anti-matter - including our sun and its solar system. 

1. Collision with an Asteroid

Scientists coined impact technology as a new science in dealing with meteors and asteroids that fall to earth.  One impact caused the extinction of dinosaurs some 25 million years ago. 

NOTE: Actually, it is loss of will to live and hope to survive that is the greatest predisposing factor to the end of mankind, and our world.

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