When Will Humanity Finally Die Out?

Homo sapiens have been around for at least a hundred thousand years, and civilisation for maybe a few thousand. These timescales are far longer than your minuscule lifespan, but given our 13-billion-year-old galaxy, they’re shorter than a cosmic heartbeat. And unlike galaxies that require a major wallop to tear apart, humans are fragile things susceptible to disease, famine, war, meteors... really, we’re quite pathetic. Read More >>

Scientist Say Tardigrades Will Be the Last Animals on Earth

Microscopic tardigrades, also known as “water bears,” are the toughest animals on the planet, capable of withstanding intense radiation, extreme temperatures, and even the vacuum of space. In a fascinating new study, researchers have shown that tardigrades are poised to survive literally anything that nature throws at them—and that of the animals alive today, they’ll be the last ones standing before the Sun annihilates the Earth billions of years from now. Read More >>

Hail President Trump? Welcome to the Giz Hub of All Things Apocalyptic

Today is a huge day for America, and the world is watching on with fear. The so-called land of the free and home of the brave is going to swear in an angry orange man into the White House, ready to lead America for the next four years. Read More >>

The ‘Mufgel’ is the Latest Foodie Abomination

If you pronounce “Mufgel” one way, with a soft 'g', it sounds like the name of a failed Kickstarter project to treat vaginal dysfunction. If you pronounce it the other way, with a hard 'g', it sounds like a rejected creature from the Harry Potter universe that J.K. Rowling woke up to and thought, “Wow, I’m never snorting bath salts again”. Read More >>

Unprecedented Flooding Leaves US City Suburb Looking Like a ‘War Zone’

Heavy flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland, this weekend left two people dead and necessitated the rescue of 100 others, in what one county executive described as the worst destruction in generations. Read More >>

Prominent Climate Scientists Say Boulder-Hurling Megawaves are Decades Away

Over the summer, pioneering climate scientist James Hansen and his colleagues penned an apocalyptic study predicting that the deadliest consequences of climate change will be felt within decades. That paper precipitated a raucous debate, but now, it’s been accepted for publication, heralding a sea shift in attitudes toward climate studies that make dire and outlandish predictions. Read More >>

Scientists Will Finally Drill Into the Dinosaur-Killing Impact Crater in Mexico

Sixty-six million years ago, planet Earth had a shit day when a six-mile-wide asteroid smashed into the Yucatán Peninsula, triggering a series of events that killed off the dinosaurs. Later this month, a scientific expedition will drill into the heart of Chicxulub crater for the very first time, seeking to learn more about the nature of that disaster. Read More >>

The Many Times Humans Have Almost Been Killed By Meteorites

On Saturday, a luckless bus driver died in a mysterious explosion in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. His death took on added significance when local officials declared that the man was killed by a meteorite. Read More >>

Man Jailed for Preparing for the END OF THE WORLD (With an Axe, Crossbow, Gun and Other Stuff)

A Welshman has been sent down for six years, as a result of his obsession with the end of the world. 37-year-old Jeffrey Paul Lloyd, from Swansea, had built up a disturbingly impressive collection of weapons, including a crossbow, a homemade pipe gun and an axe, as well as a load of knives and pepper spray (boring). Read More >>

What Wiped Out Three Quarters of Ancient Greece?

One of the great early civilisations collapsed in a mere fifty years, with 75% of the population disappeared a century later. What the hell happened to ancient Greece? Read More >>

Drones Autonomously Build a Bridge, So the Robot Army Never Has to Stop

In the future war against the machines, humans might have gained a brief respite by powering through the flowing rivers where electronic killer robots cannot tread. These bridge-building quadrotors have now closed off that avenue of escape. Read More >>

Astronomers Want to Watch Comets Slam Into Distant Planets

If a massive comet struck the Earth, the oceans would boil and the air would catch fire (don’t worry, this isn’t about to happen). But to alien astronomers studying our planet from afar, humanity’s brutal demise would look like nothing more than a faint flicker of light. If we could detect such impacts on distant worlds, we might learn a lot about their star systems. Read More >>

These Century-Old Drawings Show Humanity’s Deepest Fear: Alien Invasion

We all know the scenes of a devastating Martian invasion: gigantic alien tripods and fighting-machines destroying towns, killing helpless humans, abducting men, women, and children. But do you know the Brazilian painter who was responsible for bringing those images for the first time in the early 1900? Read More >>

Brits Don’t Fear the Apocalypse Nearly as Much as Americans

Market research company YouGov wanted to know how people in the US and the UK expected the world to end. What they found revealed a profound difference between the two countries. Read More >>