Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction
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An exploration of the terrifying threats to our world that fill today's headlines: from global warming epidemic to the threat of nuclear weapons and the risk posed by the leading edge devices like the Large Hadron Collider. Armageddon Science by Brian Clegg is everything you want to know about potential man-made disaster.
Climate change. Nuclear devastation. Bio-hazards. The Large Hadron Collider. What do these things have in common? They all have the potential to end our world. Every great scientific creation of man is balanced by an equal amount of danger―as there's no progress without risk. Armageddon Science is an authoritative look at the real "mad science" at work today, that recklessly puts life on Earth at risk for the pursuit of knowledge and personal gain. This book explores the reality of the dangers that science poses to the human race, from the classic fear of nuclear destruction to the latest possibilities for annihilation. Combining the science behind those threats with an understanding of the real people responsible as well as providing an assessment of the likelihood of the end of the world, this isn't a disaster movie, it's Armageddon Science.
dirty bomb. Although originally working on a make-do basis, NEST operatives now have access to a wide range of detectors, built into everything from attaché cases to vans, and airborne detectors in helicopters and planes. All these devices are designed to pick up the almost inevitable stray radiation that is emitted in different forms from a nuclear device. These detection devices are accompanied by bomb-disposal equipment, including conventional tools, be they simple wire cutters or supercold
early human beings could do. It all started with the ability to think outside the here and now, to consider what might be. Once we were asking “What if?” it was inevitable that we would begin to look for ways to enhance the basic capabilities of the human body. There were at least five separate drivers for making these changes. Just like us, the early humans wanted to become more attractive to the opposite sex, to put off death, to enhance their strength to defend themselves more effectively
coverage, but for the moment it is entirely possible that an asteroid strike will occur without warning. The nightmare scenario for Armageddon is that such a strike will be interpreted as a human attack and will result in retaliatory launches of missiles leading to a nuclear holocaust before it can be established what caused the first impact. Some movies would have us believe that collisions with asteroids don’t really present a problem. All we need to do, they suggest, is to blast any incoming
feet) high, covering over 20 percent of the country’s land area during the night, catching many people unawares. With no way to spread a warning and little opportunity to escape, nearly half a million people perished. Hurricanes are easy enough to spot, especially with modern weather radar and satellite monitoring. The difficulty is being sure of their route, getting a warning out in time, and enabling people to reach safety. Much of the time a hurricane’s path is predictable, but because of the
outbreak of tularemia among German soldiers attacking Russia was caused by an early biological weapon is made in Ken Alibek and Stephen Handelman, Biohazard (London: Arrow Books, 2000). Examples of terrorist groups using or intending to use biological weapons are from Frank Barnaby, How to Build a Nuclear Bomb (London: Granta, 2004). Methods for spreading biological weapons are discussed in Frank Barnaby, How to Build a Nuclear Bomb (London: Granta, 2004). Ken Alibek’s comment that the