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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember - How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction

Annalee Newitz

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In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How? As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. Study of our planet's turbulent past suggests that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or by human interference. It's a frightening prospect, as each of the Earth's past major disasters-from meteor strikes to bombardment by cosmic radiation-resulted in a mass extinction, where more than 75 percent of the planet's species died out. But in Scatter, Adapt, and Remember, Annalee Newitz, science journalist and editor of the science Web site io9.com explains that although global disaster is all but inevitable, our chances of long-term species survival are better than ever. Life on Earth has come close to annihilation-humans have, more than once, narrowly avoided extinction just during the last million years-but every single time a few creatures survived, evolving to adapt to the harshest of conditions. This brilliantly speculative work of popular science focuses on humanity's long history of dodging the bullet, as well as on new threats that we may face in years to come. Most important, it explores how scientific breakthroughs today will help us avoid disasters tomorrow. From simulating tsunamis to studying central Turkey's ancient underground cities; from cultivating cyanobacteria for "living cities" to designing space elevators to make space colonies cost-effective; from using math to stop pandemics to studying the remarkable survival strategies of gray whales, scientists and researchers the world over are discovering the keys to long-term resilience and learning how humans can choose life over death. Newitz's remarkable and fascinating journey through the science of mass extinctions is a powerful argument about human in

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

10h 21m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:51


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:10


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:09


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:44


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:47


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:07


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:11


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:14


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:04


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:10


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:03


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:37


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:08


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:10


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:41


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:12


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:46


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:28


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:50


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:12


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:33


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:30


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:12


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:09


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:12


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:05


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:08


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:31


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:35


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:13


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:46


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:41


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:04


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:02


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:57


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:52


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:56


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:07


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:06


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:22


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:56


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:03


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:15


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:03


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:12


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:34


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:54


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:42


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:52


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:48


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:32


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:11


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:39


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:27


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:14


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:20


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:48


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:52


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:51


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:24


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:14


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

00:31