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What If Mount Everest Were an Active Volcano?



We all know how dangerous climbing Mount Everest can be. Just in this past year, it claimed the lives of 11 people. Yet despite the risk, its sheer magnitude and beauty inspires around 800 climbers a year to flock to the mountain. But what if we stepped it up a notch and made Everest even more dangerous? Imagine this peaceful giant was an angry volcano waiting to burst. How’s that for an adrenaline rush! What would happen if Everest erupted? How would it affect the rest of the world? Could we prevent it and others like it?

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What If There Were Only 1,000 People Left on Earth?

What If There Were Only 1,000 People Left on Earth?

With so many amazing things happening in the world today, what could possibly go wrong? Well…A giant asteroid is barrelling on a collision course with Earth, and life as we know it is on the brink. After the smoke clears…
How do we start over? Where would we live? What might we do differently?

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What If It Rained Diamonds?

What If It Rained Diamonds?

Some places in the Solar System have some pretty expensive rain falling on their surface. Let’s see if we could bring those home. What would it take for Earth to have million-dollar hail dropping from the sky? How rich would it make you? And why would you need medieval armor to survive?

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What If We Filled Our Oceans Up With Lava?

What If We Filled Our Oceans Up With Lava?

This is what happens when lava mixes with water. But luckily, this only happens in a small portion of our world. But what if that wasn’t the case? And lava filled up our oceans? What might happen then?” How long would something like this take? Why would this change the weather? And how hot would Earth get?

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What If Antarctica’s Dormant Volcanoes Woke Up?

What If Antarctica’s Dormant Volcanoes Woke Up?

Deep beneath the thick layer of million-year-old ice, something is lurking quietly, waiting to rip through the rigid ice sheets.This enormous icy wasteland is sitting on top of a volcanic ridge. And in our hypothetical world, these volcanoes are about to wake up. Could their scorching lava wipe out the surface of Earth? Or would the thick Antarctic ice stop the lava before it makes our planet uninhabitable?

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What If a Massive Gravitational Wave Hit Earth?

What If a Massive Gravitational Wave Hit Earth?

1.3 billion years ago, two orbiting massive black holes, circling each other at 250 times a second, collided in a violent, universe-rippling explosion that sent waves of energy throughout the cosmos. In its wake, a new supermassive black hole formed over 60 times bigger than our Sun. Fast forward to September 2015, gravitational waves from this ancient cosmic event finally struck Earth. Luckily, the gravitational waves weakened over such a great distance. But what if we weren’t so lucky? If a couple of black holes in our solar system collided, could we survive? What would happen to Earth if we got hit by massive gravitational waves? What causes these waves? How can we detect them?

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What If You Were Infected by the Cordyceps Fungus?

What If You Were Infected by the Cordyceps Fungus?

Deep in the jungle, there’s a fungus that infects creatures, and turns them into zombies. This deadly fungus, known as Cordyceps, has the ability to take out entire species. What if this fungus infected you, by touching your skin, or just by breathing it in? Could the Cordyceps fungus turn you into a zombie? What would it do to your body? And how likely is it that this will happen to you?

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What If Earth's Core Were a Geo-Reactor?

What If Earth’s Core Were a Geo-Reactor?

Deep beneath the Earth lies a mysterious and powerful force. A wellspring of nuclear energy which could one day rip us apart. Many scientists have found clues that natural nuclear reactions have occurred in the past. But should we be worried? Could the Earth’s core explode anytime soon?
What would happen if it did? How could we prevent it?

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What If We Lost Gravity for 5 Seconds?

What If We Lost Gravity for 5 Seconds?

Unless you’re an astronaut, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about gravity. We all take gravity for granted, and it would be hard not to!
Aside from a tiny sliver of the world’s population, most humans don’t know a life without gravity. From the Universe to our Solar System, to each planet, all the way down to our own bodies, gravity holds everything together. But since we tend to see gravity as a given, it’s hard for us to imagine just how helpless we’d be without it… until it’s actually gone.

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What If the Big Rip Happened Tomorrow?

What If the Big Rip Happened Tomorrow?

So we all know about the Big Bang, right? The cosmic explosion that created our Universe. Well, as with everything, there is a beginning … and an end.This is the Big Rip, the ultimate fate of our Universe. It will be a cosmic event that will tear apart galaxies, one by one. Stars, planets, you, everything will be eviscerated. Luckily, it’s not going to happen for another 20-30 billion years. But what if we weren’t so lucky? What if the Big Rip happened tomorrow? What would happen to our planet? And would this really be the end of everything we know?

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