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What Are The Odds We Destroy The World?

How should science deal with existential risks?

Credit to hipydeus. Shared under CC BY 2.0.

At first the terrifying prospect seemed plausible. Detonate an atom bomb in water, scientists had already realised, and you can trigger an even bigger explosion — a technique would later become the hydrogen bomb. But why, Edward Teller wondered, would water be needed? What would happen if you used air instead?

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