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Timeline of the far future

Timeline of the far future
As it is the beginning of the year we at BBC Future think it’s the perfect time to look ahead. First, we brought you a prediction of the forthcoming year. Then we brought you a timeline of the near future, revealing what could happen up to around 100 years time. But here’s our most ambitious set of predictions yet – from what could happen in one thousand years time to one hundred quintillion years (that’s 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 years). As the song says, there may be trouble ahead... To see more of our infographics, click here.

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What Did the Continents Look Like Millions of Years Ago? - Geoff Manaugh & Nicola Twilley The paleo-tectonic maps of retired geologist Ronald Blakey are mesmerizing and impossible to forget once you've seen them. Catalogued on his website Colorado Plateau Geosystems, these maps show the world adrift, its landscapes breaking apart and reconnecting again in entirely new forms, where continents are as temporary as the island chains that regularly smash together to create them, on a timescale where even oceans that exist for tens of millions of years can disappear leaving only the subtlest of geological traces. With a particular emphasis on North America and the U.S. southwest—where Blakey still lives, in Flagstaff, Arizona—these visually engaging reconstructions of the Earth's distant past show how dynamic a planet we live on, and imply yet more, unrecognizable changes ahead. These images come from Ron Blakey's maps of the paleotectonic evolution of North America. But I was late getting into the computer. Basically, during my graduate work I never used a computer for anything.

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s 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps the Journey to Digital Business STAMFORD, Conn., August 11, 2014 View All Press Releases 2014 Hype Cycle Special Report Evaluates the Maturity of More Than 2,000 Technologies 2014 Marks 20th Anniversary of the Gartner Hype Cycle Deep oceans warming at an alarming rate Two newly published studies are helping scientists trace millions of years of Antarctica's climate history, including an age when parts of the continent were as warm as the California coast is today. One of the studies focuses on an ice core taken from Antarctica's Taylor Glacier, and uses readings of radioactive krypton to confirm that the sample goes back 120,000 years. The researchers behind that study, appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, say the same technique could provide more accurate dates for ice samples going back as far as 1.5 million years. "That is very exciting, because a lot of interesting things happened with the earth's climate prior to 800,000 years ago that we currently cannot study in the ice-core record," Christo Buizert, a researcher at Oregon State University who is the study's lead author, said in a news release. Xavier Fain / NSF Now researchers plan to go after Antarctica's oldest ice.

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Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere March 22, 2012: A recent flurry of eruptions on the sun did more than spark pretty auroras around the poles. NASA-funded researchers say the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth’s upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years. “This was the biggest dose of heat we’ve received from a solar storm since 2005,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA Langley Research Center. Teachers Claim Overexposure to Tablets Stunt Motor Skill Development and Memory Infants raised on iPads have trouble using building blocks, teachers say Maybe parents should rethink giving their children a tablet this holiday shopping season, especially if their lifestyle makes it difficult to limit use to such devices. Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers are speaking out against overexposure to tablets, warning that a growing number of infants aren't developing the proper motor skills to play with building blocks due to their "addiction" to tablet PCs and smartphones. According to a report in the U.K.'

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