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What would happen if every human suddenly disappeared? – Dan Kwartler

What would happen if every human suddenly disappeared? – Dan Kwartler

Human beings are everywhere. With settlements on every continent, we can be found in the most isolated corners of Earth’s jungles, oceans, and tundras. Our impact is so profound, most scientists believe humanity has left a permanent mark on Earth’s geological record. So what would happen if suddenly, every human on Earth disappeared? With no …

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Inside the killer whale matriarchy – Darren Croft

Inside the killer whale matriarchy – Darren Croft

Off the rugged coast of the pacific northwest, pods of killer whales inhabit the frigid waters. Each family is able to survive here thanks mainly to one member, its most knowledgeable hunter: the grandmother. These matriarchs can live eighty years or more, while most males die off in their thirties. Though killer whales inhabit every …

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Could we survive prolonged space travel? – Lisa Nip

Could we survive prolonged space travel? – Lisa Nip

Prolonged space travel takes a severe toll on the human body. Microgravity impairs muscle and bone growth, and high doses of radiation cause irreversible mutations. As we seriously consider the human species becoming space-faring, a big question stands. Even if we break free from Earth’s orbit and embark on long-duration journeys among the stars, can …

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Can you survive nuclear fallout? – Brooke Buddemeier and Jessica S. Wieder

The full scope of a nuclear detonation is almost unimaginable. Hopefully, no one will ever experience another of these catastrophic incidents. But there is a scientifically supported plan of action that could save hundreds of thousands of lives in the area surrounding a nuclear explosion. So what is this plan, and what exactly would it …