Over the last 100 years, the world has changed tremendously. For perspective, this year at Abundance 360, I gave a few fun examples of what the world looked like in 1917. This blog is a look at what the world looked like a century ago and what it looks like today. In short, in 1917, one hundred years ago, things looked a little bit different. Let’s dive in.
World Literacy Rates
1917: The world literacy rate was only 23%.
Today: Depending on estimates, the world literacy rate today is 86.1%.
With $30 million leaving the bank account over the next five years, NASA plans on setting up and supporting two institutes dedicated to extending humanity’s reach in our solar system.
These Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) will each receive $15 million in NASA funding to develop technologies in biomaterials and biomanufacturing. Universities will lead multidisciplinary research programs in hopes of obtaining credible outcomes in the next five years. While the research is focused on expanding our species into space, the STRIs look to finding applications beyond just aerospace for the work.
Hundreds of beached whales in New Zealand are about to explode.
At the beginning of February 2017, more than 400 pilot whales ended up on the beaches of New Zealand’s South Island, near the small city of Golden Bay. Local residents, as well as volunteers from many other places, fought the heroic battle for their rescue. Unfortunately, these good people were able to save only a few of the majestic animals. Most of them have died. The phenomena of whales or dolphins heading directly to the beach is well known, however, the reason why they are doing so is still hidden in mystery. According to one theory, they are disoriented because of marine traffic which generates the noise in frequencies which whales are using for communication and navigation. According to another one, they are doing it with purpose, they simply want to commit a mass suicide. If this is the case, one must ask one scary question: do they know something we don’t?
Since the dawn of man, people look for the stars with amazement and curiosity. And since we realized the real nature of those shining dots on the night sky, we started to think about traveling to them. In the last decades, we – for the first time in history – can think about the subject more or less specifically, in a certain level of technical details. However, it seems that the actual trip to the stars is hundreds of years away. But what if we will not have the luxury of the possibility of waiting until we are ready? What if the interstellar journey will be the only chance for the survival of the mankind? There are a lot of dangers which can threaten the existence of life o this planet – an asteroid on collision course with the Earth, super volcano eruption, near supernova or unsustainable climate change.
Few minutes after 7 AM in the morning of 30 June 1908, big body of either planetary or cometary origin entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over the vast, mainly uninhabited area of Siberia. The destruction it caused was stunning: 60 million trees were uprooted in the area of 2,000 square kilometers, seismic shocks were detected all around the world and the subsequent fires were visible from the distance of hundreds of kilometers. The so-called Tunguska event took place in the Russian wasteland but let´s imagine that the body entered the atmosphere a few minutes earlier… In that case, it would annihilate Moscow and change the course of history.
It would have been an incredible experience journeying through Christopher Nolan’s mind during his time co-writing, co-producing and directing the Hollywood blockbuster Interstellar, which eventually made its way to the movie screens in 2014. What could prompt such detailed imagination? Well the origins of the screenplay can be traced back to a script that Jonathan Nolan, Christopher’s brother wrote back in 2007. The script was inspired by the work of Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Kip Thorne also had a seat as the Executive Director of the movie. Interstellar, like Evacuating Earth highlights certain calamities that could bring our planet to the brink of extinction and prompt humanity’s search for a home somewhere else within our universe.
There are lots of controversies regarding the moon’s atmosphere. Several scientific researches show that the moon doesn’t have the capability to support life. However, a controversy arises when some people allege that they have managed to stay on the moon at one point in their lifetime. How true is this allegation? The following explanations give you an insight into the state of the moon and why it is not possible for us to survive on it.
As more countries shift aggressively to nuclear power despite what traditional and modern wisdom might indicate, the question of nuclear waste and how to deal with it, looms more and more greatly over us by every passing day. Waste from nuclear power plants, either substances contaminated during the nuclear process itself, or the waste product after the fissile substance is exhausted, are dangerous to all life around it, for several centuries or even millennia. And this extreme toxic waste is dealt in probably most careless manner – just by simply brushing it under the carpet!
E.L.E is the abbreviation for Extinction Level Event – it describes the apocalyptic event which leads to a rapid and significant decrease in the biodiversity of our planet. In other words, whole groups of species becoming extinct. In the history of our planet, at least five major extinction events happened with the well-known asteroid impact 60 million years ago leading to the demise of dinosaurs being the last and the most famous of them. Such events are quite rare, but it is clear that they do happen. What if we will face such an event in the future? There are some forces of nature that humankind won’t be able to defeat and the only chance would be to evacuate the Earth. But is it even possible? Can we realistically think about something like that?
If humanity survives the rise of artificial intelligence, the ravages of climate change and the threat of nuclear terrorism in the next century, it doesn’t mean we’re home free, according to Stephen Hawking.
The renowned theoretical physicist has gone as far as providing humanity with a deadline for finding another planet to colonize: We have 1,000 years.
Stephen Hawking, the name that requires no introduction, has given a gentle warning to the whole race of humanity that we probably have only 1000 more years left on earth, and setting up new colonies on some other planets in the Solar System is the only thing that could save the race. Hawking’s estimation did not even consider the devastating global climatic challenges and nuclear capabilities of ready to war nations. He believes that we soon are going to encounter our enemies, whom we’re not even close to knowing how to deal with.