5 scientific scenarios for global catastropheVika
End of the world, apocalypse, global catastrophe - these are topics that have recently become very popular in the media. Black scenarios of catastrophes that can lead to the end of life on Earth are not only invented by the scriptwriters of disaster films. Scientists from all over the world are breaking down the various theories of the end of human civilization. We present to your attention 5 scientific scenarios of a global catastrophe that will end the existence of mankind.
1. Scientific researchers from the University of British Columbia believe that an increasing population of ... jellyfish can lead to a global catastrophe.
In some parts of our planet (especially in the immediate vicinity of Hawaii and Antarctica), the number of jellyfish has increased by 62 percent. It turns out that jellyfish can be very dangerous. They have repeatedly caused damage to Japanese and American ships, as well as power plants. Moreover, a huge number of fish are dying out because of jellyfish. Later, the same fate could befall penguins and whales, said Dr. Lisa-Ann Gershwin, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia. She stressed that there is a kind of "immortal" jellyfish - Turritopsis dohrnii - which are able to regenerate their cells, so it is impossible to destroy them. (Photo: Chen Yiming / flickr.com).
2. Researchers from Harvard University managed to stop the aging process in mice. Many scientists around the world are working on the problem of aging and immortality of people, and some of them, in their bold forecasts, believe that in the next 10 years people will become immortal.
However, no one thought about the scenario of the development of events in the event that it was really possible to create a "cure for death." We will live for a very long time, and in the end, we will have to fight for survival with our own descendants, ”warns Professor Keith Jeffrey, a neurologist at University College London. She adds that certainly, not everyone will have enough food, housing, work, etc. (Photo: Scott spy / flickr.com).
3. Astronomer Dr. Seth Shostak believes that in the near future we may be discovered by aliens.
For over 60 years, we have been sending signals into space. It is possible that soon the inhabitants of some planet will become aware of our existence - says Dr. Seth Shostak. This point of view is shared by Stephen Hawking, who said that "aliens do not have to live on planets very distant from the Earth and there is a risk that in the near future they will receive signals sent by humans." And the visit of aliens to our planet may end in the same way as the arrival of Columbus ended for the indigenous inhabitants of America. (Photo: Rooners Toy Photography / flickr.com).
4. Scientists also fear that in the near future, people may develop resistance or resistance to the action of antibiotics.
In this case, any bacterial infection can become fatal. For the treatment of many diseases, pharmaceutical companies are already producing new drugs, but their development cannot continue indefinitely. Doctors are sounding the alarm: we are already "attacked" by antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases such as tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea, and diphtheria.
And remember that diseases caused by viral infections, in particular the flu, cannot be treated with antibiotics. Do not take pills just like that! (Photo: Yvonne Shearer / flickr.com).
5. All Terminator fans will love this doomsday scenario. Yes, it is robots, according to the theories of scientists, that can cause the destruction of all mankind.
And all because more and more often in wars machines are used, not controlled by a person, but by a computer. For example, drones are unmanned aerial vehicles, says Noel Sharkey, a professor of robotics. He adds that it is highly likely that "a human-launched robot will one day decide to kill him." (Photo: Tim Dennell / flickr.com).