50 Ways the World Is Going to End: The Biggest Threats to by Alok Jha

By Alok Jha

Dying by way of Euphoria. Dysgenics. inhabitants loss of life Spiral. Genetic Superhumans. Geomagnetic Reversal. Galactic Collision. Strangelets. even if we love it or now not, everything's going to come back to a fine looking 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 pleasing ebook, acclaimed author Alok Jha explains the head-spinning apocalyptic technological know-how at the back of 50 frightening doomsday eventualities.

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According to the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR), a non-partisan American think tank, the Bush administration was convinced back in 2002 that al-Qaeda had radioactive materials, such as strontium-90 and caesium-137, with which they could build bombs. “In January 2003, British officials found documents in the Afghan city of Herat indicating that al-Qaeda had successfully built a small dirty bomb. In late December 2003, homeland security officials worried that al-Qaeda would detonate a dirty bomb during New Year’s Eve celebrations or college football bowl games, according to The Washington Post,” the CFR said on its website.

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