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11 Ways The World Could End
Since the 1500s, there have been more than150 documented predictions of when the world is going to end. Luckily for us, none of themhave come trueâ€¦yet. However, you'll be surprised that not allof them are destructive. Here are some terrifyingly amazing ways theworld, genuinely could end. When you think of scientists working on superviruses, you probably picture Hazmat workers, deep in a mountain bunker, studying vats fullof insidious green liquid. But these labs do actually exist! Maybe notworking for some shady Bondstyle villain looking to ransom the world away to the highestbidder, but for pharmaceutical companies and
government agencies studying ways to curedangerous pathogens. But what happens when a vial full of an extremely dangerous virusbreaks out of containment, or is misplacedé Over the years, there have been numerous documentedcases of dangerous viruses escaping from laboratories around the world. One of these happened asrecently as 2009. A group of scientists based in Europe, workingwith Baxter Pharmaceuticals, were conducting lab tests on a seasonal flu strain.Without realizing it, Baxter had sent them live supplies of the H5N1 virus, better knownas â€œbird flu,â€� which has a mortality rate higher than 60%. One of the world's deadliestviruses was handled and distributed to three
other labs without any pathogen safety protocolsin place. The grave error was only realized when onelab worker in the Czech Republic inoculated a group of ferrets with samples of the â€œseasonfluâ€� batch, and was horrified when they all died.The scientists were immediately placed under quarantine and monitored for signs of thedeadly virus. Luckily, none of them were infected and all the scientists were freed with a cleanbill of health. Two years later, these same strains of avianand human flu were combined in a laboratory, successfully creating â€œthe most dangerousvirus in history.â€� The virus was highly
pathogenic, while retaining its dangerouslyhigh fatality rate. If it got loose, it could kill 60% of the world's population in afreakishly short amount of time â€“ a truly apocalyptic notion.Some say it's only a matter of time before this kind of virus escapes containment andwreaks havoc on mankind. After going through two world wars, you wouldthink that the world would have learned to get along by now. But unfortunately for thesurvival of humanity, we are constantly under threat of triggering the final war â€“ NuclearArmageddon. Mutually Assured Destruction, like its acronymsuggests, is one of the maddest doctrines
ever devised. It ensures that if a countrywere to ever use a nuclear weapon on another state with the same capability, both sideswould unleash their entire nuclear arsenal, bringing about the complete annihilation ofboth countries. With the resulting nuclear winter, and the likely participation of othercountries in the exchange, this would almost certainly lead to destruction and death onan apocalyptic scale. There are over 15,000 nuclear warheads inthe world, with more than 4000 ready to fire at any one time. That would make one hellof a firework show, but probably not one you'd want to be around to watch.There have been a few â€œclose callsâ€� since
we first developed nuclear weapons. A surprisingnumber of these were technical glitches that nearly started World War 3, on both sidesof the Cold War. The average yield of a modern nuclear weaponis around 500 kilotons of TNT, that's 25 times more powerful than the bomb droppedon Nagasaki. Each one of these 500 kiloton bombs are powerful enough to flatten hugeparts of a large modern city such as New York, or London.And there exists some truly unimaginably powerful weapons, like the Tsar Bomba, which had ayield of more than 50 megatonnes. That's two and a half THOUSAND times more powerfulthan the one dropped on Nagasaki. Thankfully
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Things have escalated once again. They just simply wanted to cause chaos. This was the second night of protests. It took a dangerous turn. These other people came in to try those people We cannot tolerate violence. We cannot tolerate the destruction of property. And we'll not tolerate the attacks towardour police officers.
People are hurting, man. People are upset. People are frustrated. We can't lose any more lives, man. In the city of Charlotte, North Carolina,a state of emergency. Governor Pat McCrory declared it Wednesdaynight, the second of violent protest. What the state of emergency means is thatthe National Guard and state highway patrol will be deployed to Charlotte, to help locallaw enforcement.
Yesterday, we reported on the police shootingof Keith Lamont Scott and the violence that followed Tuesday. Demonstrations began again Wednesday. They started out as people, but that changedovernight. Protesters looted stores, set fires and vandalizedcars and buildings. Police say 44 people were arrested and thatnine civilians and five officers were injured. The city of Charlotte said one man was shotby another civilian and was on life support as of last night.
Police used tear gas to break up some of thedemonstrations. As far as evidence goes of Scott shooting,the police chief says opened fire after Scott refused to drop his gun. Authorities say they had tutorial of the incident. But while they may allow Scott's familyto see it, they do not plan to release it to the public. The police chief says that would be inappropriate. A spokesman for the Charlotte Fraternal Orderof Police says he reviewed the footage and
does not believe police did anything wrong. But anger in Charlotte has been fueled partlyby protesters who disagree and don't think police have been open and honest about theincident. Quick update now on another police shootingwe reported yesterday. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a district attorney announcedThursday that Officer Betty Shelby would be charged with first degree manslaughter. Shelby is the policewoman who shot and killedTerence Crutcher last week, next to his car in the road.
More details on that incident are availablein our show archive. Could an element commonly found in Americans'tap water caused canceré A nonprofit environmental group is soundingthe alarm about something called chromium6. The U.S. government says high levels of itin the air can be carcinogenic, meaning they can cause cancer. But it's not known yet if or how much chromium6in drinking water could be harmful. Still, the Environmental Working Group, anorganization that says it's dedicated to protecting human health,found chromium6 in almost 90 percent of the