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Season 1 Episode 52

Last Days on Earth

Aired Unknown Dec 26, 2006 on The History Channel
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Last Days on Earth
Could the human race become suddenly extinct? Count down seven ways in which the world as we know it could meet an abrupt and untimely end, from a mammoth asteroid strike to the eruption of a super volcano. What would happen as computers literally become trillions of times smarter than we are--would they program our mass murder? Scientists, experts, and witnesses describe these and other vividly pictured disaster scenarios, from super bugs created in secret labs to black holes that could suck earth into oblivion. Using state-of-the-art computer-generated graphics and interviews with the world's top scientists will leave viewers pondering humanity's place in the universe and will reveal the most terrifying truth of all--that our greatest enemy is ourselves.moreless

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      • Narrator: Humans are just one of the many billions of life forms lucky enough to call this planet home. But sooner or later that luck will run out. In fact over 99% of the species that have ever existed on Earth are now extinct. Every one of these billions of species had one thing in common: they couldn't see it coming…until now. From the most powerful forces in the universe to creatures so tiny they are invisible to the naked eye, but for all the fury nature wields it turns out that we are our own worst enemy. A countdown, some of the world's top scientists guide us through seven of the deadliest threats to humanity. The seven deadliest threats to humanity, some can destroy civilization, other have the power to render us extinct, to bring humans face to face with their last days on Earth.

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      • Originally aired August 30, 2006 on ABC.

      • Commentators:

        Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD
        Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

        Michael Shara, PhD
        Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

        Charles David Dailyn
        Professor of Astronomy, Yale University

        Bethany Cobb
        Yale University

        Michio Kaku, PhD
        Professor of Theoretical Physics, City University of New York

        Stephen Hawking

        Kevin Warwick, PhD
        Professor of Cybernetics, University of Reading

        Hugo de Garis, PhD
        Director, International Institute of Artificial Intelligence, China

        Bill McGuire
        Professor of Geohazards, University College London

        John Grattan, PhD
        Volcanologist, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

        Michael Rampino, PhD
        Professor of Earth Sciences, New York University

        Phil Hespen
        Custer County Sheriff

        Battalion Chief Mike Roesler
        Rapid City Firefighter

        Gary Johnson
        Pastor, Dove Christian Center

        Rita Haxton
        Rapid City Regional Hospital

        Lt. John Niehaus
        Rapid City Firefighter

        Clark Chapman, PhD
        Senior Scientist, Southwest Research Institute

        Ed Lu

        Stan Love

        Brian Toon, PhD
        Atmospheric Scientist

        Robert R. Butterworth, PhD
        Trauma Psychologist

        Joseph Cirinclone
        Arms Control Analyst, Center for American Progress

        Kennette Benedict
        Executive Director, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

        Laurie Garrett
        Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

        Andrew Jakomas
        Witness to 1918 Flu

        Michael Osterholm
        Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, University of Minnesota

        Colonel Randall Larsen, USAF (Ret)
        Director, Institute for Homeland Security

        Dr. Serguei Popov
        National Center for Biodefense & Infectious Diseases, George Mason University

        Steven M. Block, PhD
        Professor of Biophysics, Stanford University

        William Karesh
        Wildlife Conservation Society

        Irwin Radiener, MD
        Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University

        Susan Joy Hassol
        Co-Author, Climate Change Impacts on the United States

        James Hansen, PhD
        Director, NASA Goddard Institute

        James Lovelock
        Atmospheric Scientist

        Al Gore

        Michael Oppenheimer, PhD
        Professor of Geosciences, Princeton University

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