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12 ways the world could actually end

Doomsday scenarios seem to be all the rage these days. Last year we had not one, but two incorrect predictions of the apocalypse from the same guy. This year a small but fervent group of people believe that the Mayan calendar predicts a December apocalypse (just in time for the holidays!). I, for one, am in agreement with my blogmate Jordan, who on our most recent podcast said he was looking forward to another slew of failed doomsday predictions. However, as a scientist, I must always acknowledge the possibility of improbable events from the success of Tim Tebow to the destruction of the planet. That is why I was very happy to see that Wired took a close look at 12 specific ways the world could end that are backed by science.

The good news is...they're all pretty unlikely.

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