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Cerebral Stasis

First, antimatter does not occur naturally and thus would have to be produced in quantities that would nearly equal the mass of the Earth in order to destroy it. According to this article, one would need 2,500,000,000,000 tons of antimatter 2,500,000,000,000 tons of antimatter and 224,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Joules of energy, which is about what the sun produces in a week. Unless one discovers a dimension (as the article suggests) in which one can transport matter to instantly convert it to antimatter, such production would take quite a few centuries (and assuming that it would all be collected for an Earth-destroying bomb is silly - no leader is foolish enough to consider destroying an entire planet [and no, nuking enemies is not the same as destroying the planet]).

Blown up by matter/antimatter reactionFeasibility rating: 5/10



You will need: 2,500,000,000,000 tons of antimatter

Antimatter - the most explosive substance possible - can be manufactured in small quantities using any large particle accelerator, but this will take some considerable time to produce the required amounts. If you can create the appropriate machinery, it may be possible - and much easier - simply to "flip" 2.5 trillion tons of matter through a fourth dimension, turning it all to antimatter at once.

Method: This method involves detonating a bomb so big that it blasts the Earth to pieces.

How hard is that?

The gravitational binding energy of a planet of mass M and radius R is - if you do the lengthy calculations - given by the formula E=(3/5)GM^2/R. For Earth, that works out to roughly 224,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Joules. The Sun takes nearly a WEEK to output that much energy. Think about THAT.

To liberate that much energy requires the complete annihilation of around 2,500,000,000,000 tonnes of antimatter. That's assuming zero energy loss to heat and radiation, which is unlikely to be the case in reality: You'll probably need to up the dose by at least a factor of ten. Once you've generated your antimatter, probably in space, just launch it en masse towards Earth. The resulting release of energy (obeying Einstein's famous mass-energy equation, E=mc^2) should be sufficient to split the Earth into a thousand pieces.

Earth's final resting place: A second asteroid belt around the Sun.

Earliest feasible completion date: AD 2500. Of course, if it does prove possible to manufacture antimatter in the sufficiently large quantities you require - which is not necessarily the case - then smaller antimatter bombs will be around long before then.

It's not exactly an impending doom. 500 years is a long time.

Second, it doesn't matter how many people are drinking the water, it's still coming back. Ocean water will evaporate and rain as freshwater, be consumed, and then evaporate again from the body or feces/urine of creatures and return to the cycle of fresh water. Besides, saltwater can be filtered. It's difficult and expensive, but it's possible.

Ao)K-General

I never said how long it would take. And I did state that it will be gone and that it isn't coming back as fast as it is being used. But you forget the Nuclear War part. Must I explain it again?


Cerebral Stasis

I didn't forget it, I just didn't reply concerning it.


gaea

(My appologizies...I don't have time to read all the previous posts).One argument is that the rise in problems could be attributed to global "population control." Much in the same way that forest fires, droughts, and famines are part of the cycle of life. Though putting subjective human choices (e.g. the war in iraq) into that equation seems sketchy at best.Another possibility is that we just have a much wider scope of communication/access of information than we ever did before. As such, the same ammount of problems could have always been occouring--we just wouldn't have been aware of it previously.As far as the apocolyptic/end of the world senarioes go...I personally think that is just a load of horse-*bleep*, and that those professing those specific idealiogies are religious wackjobs...then again, that's just my opinion.


True2Earn

Actually, water can disappear from the planet and never be replenished. Take a look at Mars as many of the surface features were created by large amounts of water (canyons, gullies, valleys, etc). Also, if the sun becomes so active that the average temperature of the earth rises to near boiling, the water will eventually cease to exist here. First, thick clouds will be produced insulating the earth and cause an acceleration of the "greenhouse" effect. This, in turn, will cause the temerature to rise even faster. As the sun expands and grows hotter, eventually the water will be burned off the planet (including all life). The earth will just be like venus... very hot and dead.Also, there are those predicting the end of this age in December, 2012. Not really the end of the world but the end of an age and the beginning of a new one. We'll just have to sit back and watch to see if it actually happens or not. You might want to keep an eye on the activity of the sun, too. Massive solar flares are going to erupt and collide with the earth and cause massive destruction (such flares have occurred in the recent past, Aug-Sep, 2005, and have knocked out satellites and power-grids here on earth, being the most powerful ever recorded). The next high point of the sunspot cycle occurs in 2012. It's interesting that the most powerful solar flare (which completely went off the scale) occurred about a year ago and it's during the inactive or low-point in the sunspot cycle.NASA has also announced that the massive tsunami caused by an earthquake in south east asia actually caused the whole planet to slightly shift on its axis as well as cause the day to be slighty longer by causing the earth to slow down a bit. Such destruction is going to escalate. Even last winter was found to be the warmest ever recorded since weather began being recorded in the late 19th century. I believe that, at the rate things are occuring, I will be around to witness the end of the current age (which is not the same as the end of the world). I see the collapse of many countries, including the United States. It's inevitable as there is not one nation that has never collapsed in the history of the world. If it has a beginning, it has an end...


Cerebral Stasis

I heard about that slowing down due to the tsunami. As for water leaving a planet, sure it can evaporate off the planet, but that isn't the case when the planet has an atmosphere as thick as Earth's. The pressure of the atmosphere and the pull of gravity keep Earth's atmosphere from boiling off, so as a result, we aren't losing any water.


True2Earn

Granted, the water from earth escaping into space is currently so negligible that it can be written off and ignored. But suppose that the temperature of earth was about equal to that of Venus... what would happen to the water if the temperature always hovered around 600-900 degrees Fahrenheit? Can such a senario actually occur? There are scientists that believe, in time, the sun will expand until it engulfs the earth, among other planets. Hmmm... I wonder if the earth will hold onto its water when the surface temperature increases to 1500 degrees F as the sun greatly expands X number of centuries from now... Will the gravity be sufficient to hold onto the water?


Cerebral Stasis

If the temperature of the Earth was 600-900 degrees, water boiling off the planet would be the least of our worries.


Goth_Punk

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! THE WORLDS GOING TO EXPLODE :)


kayzad

I feel the world is what me make it because we are the one who dare to change it, almost to the extent of questioning nature many times. The main culprit of the increase of confusion is 'increase in population'. Its because of increasing population that we face lot of competition and lot of poverty. Although in todays world education is probably not as a big problem as population as most of the people have realized that education is the key to success. But they have yet to realize that as education is the key to success, the same way over-population is the key to destruction and chaos. What do you think bird-flu and SARS will propagate if there is distributed population? No. Its just because the density of people is very high. The North Korea-US tension is another example of competition arised due to inflation of population and the fight fo rnuclear power. I guess nature handles the chaos on its own and there is natural selection by struggle for existence and survival of the fittest. It is the rule that entropy increases but it is nature that handles the entropy and distributes it. Finally I don't feel God is the culprit but it is only we who can do something to make the world a better place to live in! All the best.I feel the world is what me make it because we are the one who dare to change it, almost to the extent of questioning nature many times. The main culprit of the increase of confusion is 'increase in population'. Its because of increasing population that we face lot of competition and lot of poverty. Although in todays world education is probably not as a big problem as population as most of the people have realized that education is the key to success. But they have yet to realize that as education is the key to success, the same way over-population is the key to destruction and chaos. What do you think bird-flu and SARS will propagate if there is distributed population? No. Its just because the density of people is very high. The North Korea-US tension is another example of competition arised due to inflation of population and the fight fo rnuclear power. I guess nature handles the chaos on its own and there is natural selection by struggle for existence and survival of the fittest. It is the rule that entropy increases but it is nature that handles the entropy and distributes it. Finally I don't feel God is the culprit but it is only we who can do something to make the world a better place to live in! All the best.


darran

it seems like somone will always be saying the world is going to end. I don't know what all the fighting and natural disaters have to do with the world ending but if you have the time to think about stuff like that good for you but please don't put all these stupid theories up here. I mean to be quite honest all it shows is how *BLEEP* your life is if you have nothing better to do than think about this!!
But honestly the world has not ended for the last how ever many years when it has been 01 01 01 and 02 02 02 ( you get my drift) you see where i'm going with this and it will not end when the nexted 07 07 07 comes up and so on so please stop trying to predict that it will and just live your life. it is short enough as it is without wasting time on dumb things. Well that is just my opinion. If you wake up every morning and say " the world will end because two cars i drove past today where the same color" or what ever else comes up good luck to you.

But really think about it just say the happened to end on one of these things they predicted it means you would have spent your last days predicting when the world was going to end and not enjoying life like you should be. And anyway even if you do predict it right what can you do about it ?? you see the irony ?


I was reading this topic and I really would like to commend you on this wonderful post. I feel this is the right way of thinking, how do you enjoy life if every moment of your life is spent on ideas like 'Oh the world is ending', 'What is the point? We are all going to die' If your life is spent in this manner, what happiness can you achieve? Enjoy the world and cherish the ones around you. Of course life is unpredictable and there is no certainty that the world will last forever but thinking of its destruction is not the way to go. You should cherish what you have now, and life will be over before you know it.

Zero Ziat

Everytime I've seen reports, news, articles and stuff about world dying made me go sad, the first time I got depressed thinking I would die without even getting married, but then I noticed it wouldn't happen until a lot of years.

 

Then I've seen something on TV about a meteor passing by 2012 with a high chance of doing something bad and whatever else...

 

I don't wanna die, but I will die one day. There is nothing I can do about it. I wish myself a life full of fruits and happiness the long I can survive it.

 

Because life gives you different emotions and experiences. That is *darned* beautiful.


Teri Luketic

To the original question. . . .I don't believe that God causes bad things to happen. I believe He's there for us through it all. The poem Footprints is a good concept that I see as being the case.What I do think, is that it's Satan's hand moving us, and our allowing it, to do such things. Also, I believe that things happening that coincide with what the Bible says are only what is says because God knows the beginning and the end and all the possibilities in between. God steps in when He knows the best outcome would take place, but he doesn't cause bad things to happen.To the original question. . . .I don't believe that God causes bad things to happen. I believe He's there for us through it all. The poem Footprints is a good concept that I see as being the case.What I do think, is that it's Satan's hand moving us, and our allowing it, to do such things. Also, I believe that things happening that coincide with what the Bible says are only what is says because God knows the beginning and the end and all the possibilities in between. God steps in when He knows the best outcome would take place, but he doesn't cause bad things to happen.


berakd

I think like Teri too, I don't think God is making things not going well, we, people do!!! I think we do that becouse of using nuclear missles, and poison missless, and stuff like that, and only goal in that is to harm to a diferent nation, or whatever.... And we are not just hurting them, we are hurting all other living creatures, like animals or plants... It will be our fault if the end of the World come... And WWIII(World War 3) is on repertory, belive me... It will happen to us, the number of people in the world is constantly rising up, and there is less and less food and water... Then peoples instead of trying to solve a problem on a peaceful way, they are making wars, and killing people...That is not only reason for a war at Earth... We fight becouse of a stupid reasons, like for example in my country... I live in Serbia. Here, our and Albanian government are fighting about Kosovo and Metohija. And why is that? I can't belive that. Our government is watching that part of teritory like there they have something big, but there is not... There are only soliders, and conflicts between our and Albanian population... But, if they give that part of teritory to Albanians, there would not be any more incidents, but no, they do not want to give a Kosovo....I hear here on streats, people are talking that there on Kosovo is cooking the WW3 becouse, we are christians and they are mussulmans... And that is a holy war, that is written in a bible. Maybe this is a start, maybe not, but if it is, that is a start of the end of the world too!!!!!


beeseven

Is the world coming to an end? Is there more pandemonium today than ever before in history?

No, and no.

The Iraq war, the Timor Leste insurgency, the Congo civil war, the Thailand political crisis, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the Japan-NorthKorea-US tension, the Bird Flu, the SARS, the Hurricane Katrina, and, they all seem to point the world in one direction: self-destruction.

Crusades, Hundred Years' War, Wars of the Roses, American Revolution, American Civil War, War of 1812, WWI, WWII, Cold War, 1918 Flu, Bubonic Plague, Pompeii, etc. War and death are nothing new.

Why is there so much more fighting in a modern world that champions globalisation, peace and diplomacy? Why is there so much more diseases and natural disasters? Is it God, or is it us?

In recorded history there are about 130 years total of peace. War is a constant. But we're curing all kinds of diseases and making life easier for people who never would have made it 100 years ago. Natural disasters haven't changed much either. Actually, the worst known earthquake happened 450 years ago. They're no worse now, there are just more people.

The only thing that's really changed is the media. Because of TV and the internet we get more exposure to war, disease, and disaster. How many people do you think knew about the Shaanxi earthquake in 1556? If an earthquake killed 830,000 people today how many people do you think would hear about it? Two billion? Three? More? Probably.

heymish

it is definetly us that is causing the problem with the worldi meanif us humans wherent so intelligent (and growing more so everyday) no unfortunate happenings would have occured i mean we did bring it on to ourselves wars and all that.heavensounds has made a great little peice saying that we should live by natures rules and not cut her down and push her to the side we need to live in harmony with animals not killing them and butchering them i for one am a vegan.althrough i have nothing against humans eating meat(its the food chain) its the mcdonalds chains food chains and the such that drive me mad they seem to be trying to hurt nature in every way possible.And we bought all of this unto ourselves so who is to blame not george bush (dont know why i said him just he always springs to mind when im talking about destruction and hes a twat) but everyone in the world for their daily lifestyles of poluting and factory made products (dont know what this has to do with war but its normally something to do with greed)Oil is another of natures properties that humans are taking and fighting over.its a disgrace this world come to think of it :)


triple6fistdestructionsoulhammer

One has to keep in mind that the world has always seen conflict. We just seem to be a little more aware. Now if the world is to end soon, I haven't a clue. Maybe something does in fact need to happen.


berakd

DON'T TRY TO SAVE THE NATURE, TRY TO LIVE BY HER RULES, BECAUSE EVERYTHING BUT US IN NATURE IS WORKING PERFECTLY!


You think same as I do!!! We are error in nature... We are something that was not suposed to happend... It is not I do not like people, but look at the facts.... You cant say we are good for nature... We will once destroy everything because we are playing with big stuff... And we shouldn't... For example... We dig a hole, and find something, we use it, for example old trees, and we burn it, it then become into smoke smoke goes up and fall on surface, but that should not be on surface, it should be somwhere under ground, and it is just one thing we do unknowingly... And we should not move things like that... Nature is working prefectly without us or our help!!!

coolduck123456

Pure Speculation. There is always trouble in the world. So it isnt for us to say that the world is ending because society is never going to be perfect. But, I understand where your coming from!


changeyourmind

Well we today have all means to end the world nuclear technologies,hole in the sky ultraviolet rays, so when has the means they tend to use it so we always have the fear of end of the world.Well we are almost to the point of it.only disarmamation may cause it to stop the world from ending and nowadays we are more dependend on computers rather than our own memory. well every thing that has a beginning has an end to it.