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.
As the world progresses further into the realm of artificial intelligence, it is clear that out of our innate desire for innovation will be the beginning of our extinction. Mankind has always been a creator, finding easier ways to accomplish diverse tasks, from ridiculously simple to astoundingly complex activities. The effect of artificial intelligence is already beginning to be felt. By 2030, according to Futurist, over 128 jobs are going to be destroyed by mankind’s ‘greatest accomplishment’ of the 21st century, autonomous cars.
Sea level rise literally means a rise in the sea level. Sea level rise serves as an indicator that the Earth is warming up. There are a lot of factors that contribute to rising sea levels. However, basically, this is the resultant effect of two contributory mechanisms. The first of these mechanisms is thermal expansion and the other is the melting of land ice. Thermal expansion is the ability of matter to alter its area, shape and volume in response to changes in temperature, through heat transfer. As the Ocean Heat Content (OHC) increases, the sea level rises due to thermal expansion. Ocean water expands as it becomes warm. The second explanation for the rising sea level is the melting of major land shores of ice such as ice sheets and glaciers.
Nuclear power, wherever it might be present, is a sure ticking time bomb, sooner or later, whether it is the actual functioning of the plant, or the management of the fuel. Nuclear power allures with its high energy yield- but before we whip ourselves into a frenzy of pursuing it, we must ask ourselves at what cost would we avail this energy, and whether it is worth paying the price.
The temperature of the planet has risen to unprecedented levels in the last 1,000 years. This makes it very likely that some parts of the globe will have limited chances of survival for humans. It is further unlikely that the agreed temperature by the league of nations will be reached as per report by a renowned NASA scientist. 2016 experienced the highest scorching heat of the sun with global temperature going above the levels that were experienced in the 19th century. A new mark of heat was attained in the month of July for the first time since year 1880. The existence of humans and other wild animals under the sun is facing a perilous uncertainty from the rising temperatures.
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!
We are all aware of the buzz about robotic building technology. Most companies and individuals are now eager to explore the use of robots due to the benefits associated with them. Robots are slowly taking over the current market, and soon, there might be no place for human labor. However, shall we always expect the robotic machines to be more competitive to humans in every field? In our discussion, we shall give you an insight of what might transpire in the event we give these machines a chance to dominate our job market.
Autonomous cars are now becoming the topic of discussion with the current technological trends. Every country is now eager to try a new way of improving their transport sector. Will autonomous cars succeed in convincing us regarding their efficiency? Here are some of the challenges we might encounter while operating these vehicles: