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Stephen Petranek:
10 ways the world could end

TED2002 · 29:42 · Filmed Feb 2002
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Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end
29:42 · Filmed February 2002 at TED2002 · Subtitles available in 18 languages

How might the human race end? Stephen Petranek lays out 10 terrible options and the science behind them. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle collider gone wild?

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When he was editor-in-chief of Discover magazine, Stephen Petranek tangled with questions as big as the universe. Here he confronts the biggest question on the planet: What are the 10 most likely ways that life on the Earth could end? Full bio
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