By Alok Jha
Demise through Euphoria. Dysgenics. inhabitants demise Spiral. Genetic Superhumans. Geomagnetic Reversal. Galactic Collision. Strangelets. no matter if we adore it or no longer, everything's going to return to a gorgeous disagreeable halt on our planet sooner or later sooner or later. What we do not understand is what shape our extinction is probably going to take. during this available and enjoyable ebook, acclaimed author Alok Jha explains the head-spinning apocalyptic technology at the back of 50 frightening doomsday eventualities.
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By the 1960s, both superpowers had demonstrated space rockets, ostensibly the start of the race to get satellites and people into orbit for exploration but with the ulterior motive of showing that they could now send warheads wherever they wished in the world. By 1982, the US had built 11,000 nuclear warheads and the USSR had built 8,000. Both could deliver the bombs via ICBMs and from submarines, which acted as a backup in case command centers were destroyed in an initial attack. By 1982, the US had built 11,000 nuclear warheads and the USSR had built 8,000.
This Ordovician-Silurian event lasted around 10 million years and caused the death of a quarter of marine families and 60 percent of water-based genera. The hardest-hit species included brachiopods, eel-like conodonts, and trilobites. The late Devonian mass extinction came next, a 25-million-year-long event that started around 375 million years ago, and in which around 19 percent of all families, 50 percent of all genera and 70 percent of all species died out. During this time, insects and plants and the first early versions of amphibians were living on land—the extinction gave them all a setback.
A sacrifice is made for the good of a greater goal. Not so with mutually assured destruction, however, a term devised during the Cold War to describe what would happen if the two superpowers, the US and the USSR, did what they were always threatening to do and launched their thousands of nuclear warheads at each other. Both sides knew that the act would be catastrophic not just for themselves, but for the planet too. The phrase says it all: if two sides go to war, both can be assured of the complete destruction of the other.