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

ISBN-10: 0385535910
ISBN-13: 9780385535915
Edition: N/A
Authors: Annalee Newitz
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Description: Climate change. Pandemics. Catastrophic volcanoes. Should we just give up and accept our doom? Absolutely not. Homo sapiens will survive the next mass extinction.Annalee Newitz's brilliantly speculative and hopeful work of popular science focuses  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Climate change. Pandemics. Catastrophic volcanoes. Should we just give up and accept our doom? Absolutely not. Homo sapiens will survive the next mass extinction.Annalee Newitz's brilliantly speculative and hopeful work of popular science focuses our attention on humanity's long history of dodging the bullet of extinction—and suggests practical ways to keep doing it. From bacteria labs in St. Louis to ancient underground cities in central Turkey, we discover the keys to long-term survival. This book leads us away from apocalyptic thinking, into a future where we live to build a better world.

Introduction: Are We All Going to Die?
A History of Mass Extinctions
The Apocalypse That Brought Us to Life
Two Ways to Go Extinct
The Great Dying
What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs
Is a Mass Extinction Going On Right Now?
We Almost Didn't Make It
The African Bottleneck
Meeting the Neanderthals
Great Plagues
The Hungry Generations
Lessons from Survivors
Scatter: Footprints of the Diaspora
Adapt: Meet the Toughest Microbes in the World
Remember: Swim South
Pragmatic Optimism, or Stories of Survival
How to Build a Death-Proof City
The Mutating Metropolis
Disaster Science
Using Math to Stop a Pandemic
Cities That Hide
Every Surface a Farm
The Million-Year View
Terraforming Earth
Not in Our Planetary Backyard
Take a Ride on the Space Elevator
Your Body Is Optional
On Titan's Beach
Acknowledgments
Notes
Illustration Credits
Index

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