A gamma ray burst close to Earth could be devastating.
If we survive for another 7.59 billion years, our planet will spiral into the outer layers of the dying sun and melt away forever.
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Fear is a potent emotion that influences our decision-making. Each presidential candidate has tried to harness it during the last stretch of the campaign.
What's the worst that could happen after the US election? As ever, "preppers" are ready for the total collapse of society.
What could we do if a real-life zombie disease started to spread?
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The world is simply a much scarier and more uncertain place than it was in 1996. How does the new Independence Day film deal with this?
What it's like running away from hordes of zombies in a dilapidated London hospital.
An apocalyptic vision drives the terrorist group.
All’s well … then one day you walk out the front door and into a freshly-nuked hellscape.
Do you run wild in Fallout, or vicariously hunt zombies in The Walking Dead? Three philosophers investigate the enduring appeal of the post-apocalypse.
People in the West seem to have a bleak vision of the prospects for our way of life and even for the survival of humanity.
People rate the risks of global threats to humanity surprisingly high. We need to understand the impacts of a loss of faith in notions of material progress and scientific and technological fixes.
Dramatic, but not apocalyptic.
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A rare super blood moon visible from parts of the Earth this month will delight those people lucky enough to see it. But why has this marvel of the solar system got some people so worried?
John Hamilton Mortimer, Death on a Pale Horse, 1775.
We have reached a point where apocalyptic vocabulary litters writing – but the end of the world has always populated paintings, and betrays a lot about contemporary concerns.
Rome vs Raqqa.
What does a century-old sci-fi novel have to do with the Vatican's view of Islamic State?
Clockwatchers are getting impatient.
The second hand of the Doomsday Clock is now only three minutes to midnight. This is the closest to apocalypse we have come since 1984 – the coldest of Cold War years, just a year after Able Archer, the…
Literary critical terms and theories have been adopted by education institutions as a way to provoke thought on the relationship between humans and the environment.
How can art and literature help us imagine a climate-changed world? In 1995, ecocritic Lawrence Buell argued that apocalypse is the single most powerful master metaphor that environmentalism has at its…
Jaden Smith stars with his father Will in After Earth, yet another end of the world movie.
The last few years have begun with predictions of the Apocalypse hanging over us. The Rapture was supposed to come in 2011, with US preacher Harold Camping first saying it would come in May then readjusting…
You may want to start hoarding supplies and making your end of world plans now – before it’s too late.
If you believe the doomsayers, the human race is not long for this earth. By the end of this year, our number will be up: the four horseman of the apocalypse will be upon us, fire will rain from the skies…