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Mar 20, 2022

Russia May Hold Nuclear Evacuation Drill l After Hypersonic Weapons, Putin To Use Nukes In Ukraine?

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military

Is he planning to burn everything down if he can’t win?


Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly ordered a nuclear war evacuation drill amid the war in Ukraine. A nuclear war evacuation drill is the process in which people are taken to safe places to prepare for the eventuality of nuclear war. The purported directive comes amid fears of President Putin resorting to extreme measures to force a decisive victory in the Ukraine war.
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Mar 17, 2022

Can We Resurrect Extinct Species? Scientists Put Jurassic Park to the Test

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, existential risks, genetics

De-extinction grabbed our imagination in the 90s with Jurassic Park. Scientists have since asked: how possible is it?

According to a new study, nearly impossible. But wait—it’s not all bad news. While bringing back a faithful copy of an extinct species may be impossible, we could bring back a hybrid species that’s a genetic mix between an extinct species and its modern descendant.

Published in Current Biology, the study eschews the grandiose mammoth, instead focusing on a tiny test case: the Christmas Island rat. Hefty in size and loudly vocal when invading docked ships and their cargo, the rodents were last seen in the 1900s. With a stroke of luck, the team recovered DNA from two well-preserved museum samples and compared them against a close relative: the Norway brown rat, a popular lab model for genetic studies today.

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Mar 13, 2022

Look Up: NASA’s Asteroid Tracker Now Searches the Entire Sky Every 24 Hours

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

ATLAS has already spotted more than 66 comets and 700 near-Earth asteroids (two of which actually hit Earth’s atmosphere!).

Mar 11, 2022

Russia’s Crazy Nuclear War Strategy: Escalation…to De-escalate?

Posted by in categories: existential risks, policy

What does this actually mean in concrete terms? And is it an accurate description of Russia’s nuclear doctrine?

By Mark Episkopos

The recent round of tensions in the consistently difficult relationship between Russia and the U.S. has prompted a renewed focus on the Kremlin’s nuclear posture. For years, Western analysts have posited that Moscow adheres to what is often called an “escalate to de-escalate” approach. But what does this mean in concrete policy terms, and is it an accurate description of Russia’s nuclear doctrine?

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Mar 11, 2022

After a Nuclear War

Posted by in categories: biological, existential risks

What would come after a nuclear war and what would be the consequences for Earth´s biosphere. And would some other intelligent species eventually evolve?


Meet the Species That May Come After Humans.

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Mar 11, 2022

The War in Ukraine Could Change Everything | Yuval Noah Harari | TED

Posted by in categories: business, existential risks, military, policy

Concerned about the war Ukraine? You’re not alone. Historian Yuval Noah Harari provides important context on the Russian invasion, including Ukraine’s long history of resistance, the specter of nuclear war and his view of why, even if Putin wins all the military battles, he’s already lost the war. (This talk and conversation, hosted by TED global curator Bruno Giussani, was part of a TED Membership event on March 1, 2022. Visit http://ted.com/membership to become a TED Member.)

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Mar 11, 2022

Future Evolution: How Will Humans Change in the Next 10,000 Years?

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, climatology, evolution, existential risks

READER QUESTION: If humans don’t die out in a climate apocalypse or asteroid impact in the next 10,000 years, are we likely to evolve further into a more advanced species than what we are at the moment? Harry Bonas, 57, Nigeria

Humanity is the unlikely result of four billion years of evolution.

From self-replicating molecules in Archean seas, to eyeless fish in the Cambrian deep, to mammals scurrying from dinosaurs in the dark, and then, finally, improbably, ourselves—evolution shaped us.

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Mar 4, 2022

When did the first humans arise on planet Earth?

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks, genetics

By the time our planet was four billion years old, the rise of large plants and animals was just beginning. Complexity exploded around that time, as the combination of multicellularity, sexual reproduction, and other genetic advances brought about the Cambrian explosion. Many evolutionary changes occurred over the next 500 million years, with extinction events and selection pressures paving the way for new forms of life to arise and develop.

65 million years ago, a catastrophic asteroid strike wiped out not only the dinosaurs, but practically every animal weighing over 25 kg (excepting leatherback sea turtles and some crocodiles). This was Earth’s most recent great mass extinction, and it left a large number of niches unfilled in its wake. Mammals rose to prominence in the aftermath, with the first humans arising less than 1 million years ago. Here’s our story.

Mar 3, 2022

Pulverizing Asteroids Could Be Humanity’s Only Chance to Survive an Incoming Space Rock on Short Notice

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

A planetary scientist is working on a pulverizing system to destroy asteroids before they hit Earth. Learn more about his technology through this article.

Mar 3, 2022

The Rise and Fall of the Riskiest Asteroid in a Decade — “I’ve Never Seen Such a Risky Object”

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

For a few tense days this January, a roughly 70-meter asteroid became the riskiest observed in over a decade. Despite the Moon’s attempt to scupper observations, the asteroid is now known to be entirely safe.

Initial observations of an asteroid dubbed ‘2022 AE1’ showed a potential Earth impact on July 4, 2023 – not enough time to attempt deflection and large enough to do real damage to a local area should it strike.

Worryingly, the chance of impact appeared to increase based on the first seven days of observations, followed by a dramatic week ‘in the dark’ as the full Moon outshone the potential impactor, ruling out further observations. As the Moon moved aside, the skies dimmed and ESA’s Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre (NEOCC) took another look, only to find the chance of impact was dramatically falling.

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