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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Doomed

Re: “This is the way the world ends

Although, having watched the Stones play last night, I am somewhat more concerned about a zombie apocalypse

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on December 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Re: “CofC professor weighs in on the never-ending end of the world

Definitely a "voice of reason," old corps. But I'm glad to see that Prof. Poole mentioned global warming & disease at the end. My own "end-of-the-world" vision foresees a slow, steady & increasingly wretched global slide into the apocalyptic abyss due to global warming & pandemics -- greased by dying (& rising) oceans, increasing natural disasters, burgeoning overpopulation, depletion of natural resources (and the inevitable wars over them), worldwide famine, etc. Maybe a more sudden Mayan-style apocalypse would be a kinder way out, putting us all out of our predestined (and self-inflicted) misery well in advance. OR, how about something else more sudden & immediate: like if North Korea or Iran ever get their nukes, and spark global conflagration? How's THAT for more realistic gloom & doom?

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Posted by Lindsay Koob on December 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Re: “This is the way the world ends

What we would see as a supernova of Betelgeuse would have actually happened 640 years ago, Seth's distance being incorrect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beetlegeuse
According to this writeup, a supernova need to be within 100 light years of Earth to effect it's biosphere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near-Earth_su…
also, a list of "nearby" supernova candidates:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_supernova_candidates

FCB Conclusion: No worries.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on December 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Re: “This is the way the world ends

But what is the radiation radius? What about the speed of light?

Posted by mat catastrophe on December 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Re: “CofC professor weighs in on the never-ending end of the world

Ah! A voice of reason. Now I'll still have to pay the piper for all those Chrismas gifts.

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Posted by old corps on December 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Re: “This is the way the world ends

Betelgeuse is 430 light years away from Earth. The impact radius of a supernova from that class of stars is 50 light years.

Posted by Seth Rubenstein on December 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Re: “CofC professor weighs in on the never-ending end of the world

The world ends everyday for about 150,000 people. Is today your day?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortality_rat…

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Posted by sdr35hw on December 12, 2012 at 8:11 AM
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