This weekend is Ragnarok. But it isn't the end of the world.

You may have read that this weekend is supposed to mark the coming of Ragnarok, the violent "Viking Apocalypse" prophesied in Old Norse poetry. But the mythical apocalypse that inspired Game of Thrones' long winter isn't actually on the books—and may refer to events that happened centuries ago. » 2/21/14 11:00am 2/21/14 11:00am

We might be destroying the universe just by looking at it

It's not often that astronomy goes well with the book of Genesis. But this is a theory that evokes the line, "But of the tree of the knowledge, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." In this theory, knowledge doesn't just kill you — it kills the entire universe. Indeed,… » 2/03/14 11:19am 2/03/14 11:19am

Yes, One Person Could Actually Destroy the World

Apocalyptic weapons are currently the domain of world powers. But this is set to change. Within a few decades, small groups — and even single individuals — will be able to get their hands on any number of extinction-inducing technologies. As shocking as it sounds, the world could be destroyed by a small team or a… » 11/25/13 11:27am 11/25/13 11:27am

It's doubtful this survival jacket will get you through the apocalypse

For preppers who think they have it all, check out this sweet jacket designed by Marie-Elsa Batteux Flahault. For a single item of survival clothing, it's got pretty much everything you'll need for when shit hits the fan. Just don't expect it to be effective. » 10/30/13 10:40am 10/30/13 10:40am

Margaret Atwood's apocalypse trilogy dares to imagine GMO Utopia

We've had time to digest the final book in Margaret Atwood's end-of-the-world trilogy, MaddAddam. Now it's time to look at all three novels, starting with Oryx and Crake, and consider what Atwood is trying to do with this techno-magic realist tale of humanity's destruction and redemption through synthetic biology. » 10/03/13 4:42pm 10/03/13 4:42pm

You can survive the end of the world in these doomsday timeshares

A company called Terra Vivos is building underground timeshare communities "built to withstand a 50-megaton nuclear blast 10 miles away, 450mph winds, a magnitude-10 earthquake, 10 days of 1,250°F surface fires, and three weeks beneath any flood." Asteroids, nuclear war or angels with trumpets—you'll survive them all… » 9/16/13 5:18pm 9/16/13 5:18pm

Two frightened dogs search for their home at the end of the world

During a thunderstorm, a lot of dogs may think the world is ending, but in Jen Lee's webcomic Thunderpaw, two dogs are faced with a bona fide cataclysm. After being left in a car by their owners, they must gather all of their strength to survive the trippy horrors of the crumbling world and find their way home. » 9/14/13 8:30am 9/14/13 8:30am

Tiny, enclosed pod offices for the post-apocalyptic web worker

You work on the internet, so why walk much further than three feet from your desk? As long as you have a network connection, there's no need to venture out into the apocalyptic outside world. These modular offices try to make isolated, cubical life seem glamorous — and the scary part is, they totally succeed. » 9/12/13 4:33pm 9/12/13 4:33pm