Hawking: physicist, optimist, prophet of doom
Was Stephen Hawking right to predict the end of the world? The visionary physicist urged humans to colonise space to save themselves from inevitable destruction. Is this science or sci-fi?
Tomorrow, 23/09/17, the world will NOT end
Why do people believe absurd apocalypse theories? Tomorrow, according to a strange interpretation of the Bible, some think the world will end. Are these beliefs religious or psychological?
Survivalism boom as rich prepare for Doomsday
A catastrophic civilisational breakdown may sound far-fetched. But as global uncertainty grows, more people are hoarding supplies and preparing for the worst. Is this a sensible move?
Scientists practice for asteroid apocalypse
In seven years’ time, a space probe will crash into an asteroid in an attempt to change its path. It could stop us from being destroyed — but can we rely on scientists to save the world?
Computers could destroy humanity, experts say
The rise of the robots is a sci-fi staple, but a coalition of scientists and programmers has warned that artificial intelligence could also pose a real-life threat. How worried should we be?
Supervolcano discovery stirs apocalyptic fears
The giant volcano at the centre of America’s Yellowstone National Park is even bigger than previously thought. Will this be the origin of our ultimate Armageddon?
Russia denies apocalypse as 21/12 hysteria spreads
On the 21st of this month, the Mayan calendar completes a 5,125 year long cycle. Is this the end of humanity? Scholars are scornful of the idea – but hysteria is spreading all the same.
‘Hunger Games’ leads morbid trend in teen fiction
Tomorrow, fans of the book ‘The Hunger Games’ will flood cinemas for the eagerly anticipated release of the film adaptation. It tells a harrowing tale – and it’s not alone.
2012: The end of the world as we know it?
Following twelve months of unrest, 2012 may prove to be a year of full-scale global crisis. Some experts predict a historic turning point – the start of a new and dangerous era.
Thousands disappointed as world fails to end
A US preacher predicted the world would end at 6pm last Saturday. Followers were shocked and dismayed as the day passed uneventfully. But although life goes on, apocalyptic beliefs are...