Sign up FAST! Login

Are asteroids dangerous?


Throwback Thursday Are asteroids dangerous Starts With A Bang Medium

Throwback Thursday Are asteroids dangerous Starts With A Bang Medium

Source: https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/th...

When it comes to risk assessment, there's one type that humans are notoriously bad at: the very low-frequency but high-consequence risks and rewards. It's why so many of us are so eager to play the lottery, and simultaneously why we're catastrophically afraid of ebola and plane crashes, when we're far more likely to die from something mundane, like getting hit by a truck. One of the examples where science and this type of fear-based fallacy intersect is the science of asteroid strikes. With all we know about asteroids today, here's the actual risk to humanity, and it's much lower than anyone cares to admit.

Stashed in: Risk!, Space!, Medium

To save this post, select a stash from drop-down menu or type in a new one:

tl;dr Asteroids are less dangerous than steroids. 

You May Also Like: