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Google Earth image of the lakes in the Great Sandy Desert, Australia. Source: Pandotrip

Saroo Brierley was five years old when he was separated from his parents. He and his older brother, Guddu, took a train from their home to a city 70 km south. Saroo fell asleep on a bench at the station and when he woke up, his brother was gone.

The…


Astronauts describe the sight of Earth from orbit — the overview effect — as life-altering. Can we recreate this experience on the ground?

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It was my first space walk. I held onto the edge of the International Space Station and looked down at the Earth below me. It was breathtaking and beautiful. I felt an overwhelming sense of connection, and I began to cry.

This wasn’t a real trip to space — my…


Advocates and some scientists argue that the world has only years to avert catastrophic climate change — but the public reaction has largely backfired

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Every thinking person has had to ignore an apocalyptic warning at some point in their life. Whether it’s a prediction about malfunctioning computers triggering the end of civilization, or a religious-tinted prophecy about the end times, there are plenty of people trying to capture our attention with doomsday scenarios.

What…


End Times

Humanity faces existential peril as never before. But whether or not we go extinct is up to us.

Illustration: Jon Han

Asteroids, supervolcanoes, nuclear war, climate change, engineered viruses, artificial intelligence, and even aliens — the end may be closer than you think. For the next two weeks, OneZero will be featuring essays drawn from editor Bryan Walsh’s forthcoming book End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World

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