8 Black Swans*: It's the one-year anniversary of the financial meltdown, *a low-probability, high-impact event or "black swan" that hardly anybody thought about ahead of time. Well, we've been thinking. In the spirit of not getting caught off guard again, we uncovered a few more never-say-never scenarios. Don't say we didn't warn you.
A Tsunami Hits the Northwest
Could a 680-mile fault line running off the West Coast unleash a 2004-scale tsunami right here at home?
Drought: West Runs Dry
The American West is drying up fast. And the next megadrought may bring on the Super Dust bowl.
Megafires Ignite the Backcountry
Wildfires have become ever more unpredictable. Could big blazes turn into a common hiking hazard?
A Pandemic Traps You Overseas
Swine flu? Pffft. Epidemiologists are bracing for a far more lethal bugâone that'll stop global travel in its tracks.
Caught in Bandit Cross Fire
There's a fine line between off the beaten path and out of control. Sometimes you find it.
The GPS System Winks Out
Satellite navigation works best with 24 functioning orbiters. If several switched off, many adventurers could get lost.
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
Author Laurence Gonzales's monthly column on the psychology of survival.
These 14 survival skills will change the way you approach each and every dayâand help you survive a bad one.
Three survivors share what they did when the worst case scenario became a reality.