Now, though, a pair of physicists have taken a more literal view of the film’s central question : if a huge space object is six months away from impact, is it possible to avert a planetending catastrophe?
The answer, from a purely technical perspective, appears to be yes.
“We show that humanity has crossed a technological threshold to prevent us from ‘going the way of the dinosaurs’,” concludes a paper posted this week on the Arxiv database.
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