Intelligent computers that take over the world and an incurable virus that kills off the human race might sound like plots worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster – but scientists insist they are real threats. They are just two of the 12 ways the world could end, according to new research. A team from Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Challenges Foundation has come up with the first serious scientific assessment of the apocalyptic risks we face. A few of the scenarios arise from events that are out of our control – such as an asteroid hitting the Earth or the eruption of a supervolcano – but most emerge from human advancements. More . . .