Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu 1

Contrary to how it may seem by the number of posts in the last few weeks, none of your EIGN writers have died of swine flu yet.

But I would just like to point out that we told you so. I could link to individual EIGN posts about the coming end of the world but that's exactly what this entire blog is about. We haven't written about it because EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD already is. But...

We Told You So. (WTYS)

“It is really all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic,” Dr. Chan said. “We do not have all the answers right now. But we will get them.” (nytimes)

We have all the answers: Half the world will be dead. There will be no more bees and "Generation A" will repopulate the world.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Goodbye Twitter! Good News Wednesday XX...Something.

For all of you that think twitter's, and their stupid bird logo, 140 character limit causes "tweets" to be a bit too long of a read.. here comes flutter. 26 characters to say what you need to say. Who needs more than 26 characters anyway.

If this EIGN post were on flutter it would read like this: "fuck twitter. flutter!"

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We'll Never See It Coming - Good News Wednesday XXXIX

Continuing yesterday's theme of stars out to destroy us, some Australian astronomers believe there is a star out there that may be poised to destroy all life on this planet. Wolf-Rayet 104, a star that's in the process of going SUPERNOVA, is at a right angle with the Earth. Okay, I know everyone hates math and astronomy, but bare with me. The right angle means that when the star finally implodes in on itself all the radiation shoots right at us. At the speed of light.

So keep those eyes peeled for gamma rays and, by all means, stay out of their way... oh, right, we'll never see them coming. That's the good news. That and the fact that it may not happen for hundreds of thousands of years.

The writes: "The EM-burst travels the speed of light so the only warning we'd have is dying - which most people will accept is a little too late." Only a little?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

2012 Comes Early

2011, according to the Washington Post, may be the year society as we know it changes completely.
"Electric power grids, communications and navigation systems (including GPS), and satellites (including weather) could be damaged beyond repair for many years. The consequences could be devastating for commerce, transportation, agriculture and food stocks, fuel and water supplies, human health and medical facilities, national security, and daily life in general." (wapo)

Thanks to Solar storms, we could be in for an immediate and drastic change. "...millions of Americans are dead and the nation's infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation..." And 2012 comes a bit early. Maybe it won't be the LHC that kills us after all. (new scientist via wapo)

Happy tuesday!

[image via nasa]

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

You're IN! - Good News Wednesday XXXVIII


If you applied to the University of California San Diego this year, you got in. The university apparently sent out an acceptance e-mail welcoming all 48,000 applicants to the school. Turns out they meant to send it out only to the 17,000+ that were actually accepted. Oops.

UPDATE 3:49pm
Private schools are admitting more people--good news for you idiots out there but bad news for you actual ivy-leaguers--due to the recession.