Scientists Predict When World Will End

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  1. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    Scientists Predict When World Will End

    Monday, February 25, 2008
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    A coronal mass ejection, a huge arc of magnetic superheated plasma, shoots from the sun out into space in February 2000.

    Scientist have nailed down how and when the Earth will cease to exist.
    The sun will slowly expand into a red giant, pushing the Earth farther out into space, but not far enough.
    Our home planet will be snagged by the sun's outer atmosphere, gradually plunging to its doom inside the fiery stellar furnace.
    "The drag caused by this low-density gas is enough to cause the Earth to drift inwards, and finally to be captured and vaporized by the sun," explains astronomer Robert Smith of the University of Sussex in southern England.
    Previous projections had all figured that the Earth would avoid falling into the sun, even during our star's red-giant phase.
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    The good news: This won't happen for another 7.6 billion years.
    The bad news: Life on Earth will end long before then.
    In fact, we've only got a billion years left before the slowly expanding sun boils off the oceans and reduces our planet to an uninhabitable cinder, says Smith.
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    That may sound like a long time, but in fact life on Earth's been around a lot longer than that — a total of 3.7 billion years, according to the latest estimates.
    For those first three billion years, true, we were nothing but pond scum. Still, the new figures indicate the long story of life on our fair blue-green planet may be entering its last act.
    Is there any way our future descendants can save themselves? Why, yes, explains Smith.
    He cites a recent study emanating from the University of California, Santa Cruz. It proposes taming an asteroid to swing by the Earth every few thousand years, slowly nudging the Earth into higher solar orbit, enough to outpace the sun's own outward growth.
    "This sounds like science fiction," says Smith. "But it seems that the energy requirements are just about possible and the technology could be developed over the next few centuries."
    • Click here to read a press release from the University of Sussex.
     
  2. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    Ok...but what does this have to do with Fairtax?
     
  4. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    Yeah, I'm not conviced...
     
  5. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    Umm..., nothing.
     
  6. Symbiotic Registered

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    Only a billion years left, 'fire. Plan accordingly.
     
  7. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    Its like a scientist was just wanting Funding. I mean, who can prove him wrong?
     
  8. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    I'll get started immediately.
     
  9. The-Dark-Knight Registered

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    They can do this yet they cannot find a cure to the common cold.
     
  10. Mike_D202 Green Lantern's roommate

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    Everybody knows that the world will end in 2012 :whatever: amatures.
     
  11. E. Nygma 2007 NL East Champions

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    the world ends when the cubs win the world series....everyone knows that
     
  12. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    Then I guess we've got nothing to worry about.

    ZING!
     
  13. TNC9852002 Banned User

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    The Earth (or something like it) will eventually reform itself in a hundred thousand billion years or so..after the galaxy contracts into a black hole and explodes again...

    -TNC
     
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    So some scientists just figured out what every student who took high school astronomy already knows? Neato.
     
  15. Deep Thinkin'! show meh dem fangs

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    I'll be dead in about, what, 60-70 years? Not my problem.
     
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    OH DEAR GOD NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:wow:
     
  17. DV8 Band Loser

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    Lol!! I thought this was going to turn into a fairtax debate too :D

    the Earth will end in one billion years!!!! UNLESS . . . readmyfairtaxthreadkthxbye.
     
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    Everyone quickly dismisses every end of the world scenario but it has to end sometime. Be a man and pick the way earth will be destroyed.
     
  19. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    What if........it doesn't end :wow:
     
  20. Victarion Iron Captain

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    It's gonna take Pennwise's spawn that long to hatch?
     
  21. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    :lmao:
     
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    Now I'm worried...
     
  23. wiegeabo Omniposcient

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    A billion years should be just enough time to get it passed.
     
  24. WhatA.Tool Revolution

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    lets call Bruce Willis..he will know what to do.
     
  25. wiegeabo Omniposcient

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    We'll nuke the sun! :word:
     

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