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What If a Blazar Entered Our Solar System?



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We’ve thrown a lot of disasters at Earth over the years: from asteroids and aliens, to the Sun’s death. But hey, the Universe is a dangerous place, and we’re not done yet. Now we’re going to throw a black hole into the mix, and not just any black hole, but a blazar. Black holes are usually found at the center of the galaxy. The Milky Way has a black hole that is four million times the mass of the Sun. But that’s small compared to other black holes out there. How old is the oldest blazar? Why can we see some blazars, but not others? What is the Doppler effect and how would it let us know that a blazar is on its way? What are active galactic nuclei? Do radiation and gamma rays from blazars affect the Earth? How far is Markarian 421 from us?

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What If You Traveled One Billion Years Into the Future?



If you traveled 10,000 years into the future, what would planet Earth look like? Would most of its surface be covered in volcanoes? Or would it be frozen in ice? What if you traveled even further, to one million years in the future? Would all of the oceans have evaporated? Or would it have become one giant water world? Now, what about one billion years? Would there be any humans left? Or would they have settled in other parts of the galaxy?

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What If You Lit a Match on Jupiter?



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Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System. It’s 300 times more massive than Earth. But it’s less dense than our home. Uh-oh. Looks like somebody left the gas running on Jupiter. Don’t do anything stupid, like lighting a humongous match. What would a match need to be made of to ignite the gas giant? How big would it have to be? And how much damage would this explosion do to our Solar System? Would phosphorous be enough to cause an explosion on Jupiter?

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What If You Drank Snake Venom?



When a venomous snake sinks its fangs, a complex mixture of toxic proteins, enzymes and other molecular substances is injected straight into your bloodstream. This is to disable you and break down your cells and tissues so you are easier to digest. So would one sip of snake venom be your last? What does snake venom consist of? How would swallowing it be different than being bitten? What is coagulopathy?

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What If Mullaperiyar Dam Suddenly Collapsed?



This is the Mullaperiyar Dam. It has been around since well before your grandparents were born. And it could fail at any moment now. What could cause the dam to collapse? How quickly would this lead to a disaster? In what ways could this devastate the lives of people living close by? How big would the damage be from the dam breach? And how can a small earthquake cause a big disaster?

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00:00 The Mullaperiyar dam starting to crack.
00:39 Providing vital power and irrigation to Kerala.
02:46 Catastrophic breach in the dam.
04:37 All dams interconnected to the Arabian sea destroyed.

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What If a New Continent Formed Tomorrow?



A brand new continent has emerged in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A process that would typically take millions of years happened overnight. How would this disrupt the Earth’s fragile geography? How would global superpowers deal with a new strategic territory up for grabs? And would this new landmass be good for humanity? Or would it have terrible consequences?

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What If Ticks Were the Size of Humans?



Ticks. They drink your blood and infect you with disease. But they’re about to get much worse. They’re growing into huge monstrosities. And they’re coming for you. How would ticks behave if they were human-sized? How much of your blood would they need for each meal? And why should you just let them eat you? What can lyme disease and powassan virus do to your body?

00:00 Ticks the Size of a Human
00:46 Lyme Disease, Powassan Virus and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
02:19 What would these ticks do to you?
04:29 How much blood would they drink?

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What If You Cut the Moon in Half?



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Something weird is going on. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting worse, and a lot of surfers look sad. Chin up, guys. Maybe the waves will show up tomorrow? While it may look like we have a full Moon up there, what if the other half broke off? Are we doomed? What causes moonquakes? What would happen if half of our Moon drifted away? Has the Moon already split in half? What is a tidally locked planet? Could this cause an axial tilt of Earth?

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What If We Killed All Spiders?



They’re in your yard, on your walls, in your attic, and there’s probably one near you right now. The thought of these creepy crawlers might make you want to go on an immediate spider crusade. With global numbers in the quadrillions, it would be 2.8 million spiders versus every human. My bet is on the spiders. Maybe with a large-scale international effort, spiders could be eradicated. Just imagine a spider free world! What would happen to other bugs? Would we see an increase in disease? How would it change the future of medicine?

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What If You Could Walk Through Walls?



The owners of this store couldn’t believe their eyes when they checked their security footage in the morning. This man walked right through their glass doors, without slowing down or breaking them, as if he were a ghost. Then, moments later, he did it again, and acted like it’s completely normal. How could this be possible? What would you do with this power? And what scientific theory says that we could all be capable of doing this?

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