By Alok Jha
Loss of life by means of Euphoria. Dysgenics. inhabitants dying Spiral. Genetic Superhumans. Geomagnetic Reversal. Galactic Collision. Strangelets. no matter if we love it or no longer, everything's going to come back to disagreeable halt on our planet sooner or later sooner or later. What we do not be aware of is what shape our extinction is probably going to take. during this available and enjoyable e-book, acclaimed author Alok Jha explains the head-spinning apocalyptic technological know-how in the back of 50 frightening doomsday situations.
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50 Ways the World Is Going to End: The Biggest Threats to the Planet by Alok Jha