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How much attrition could human civilization survive?

While a few hundred people in one area could allow the species to survive (a minimal viable population), it might take centuries or even many thousands of years for them to approximate the pre-event ...
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How much attrition could human civilization survive?

Compared to pre-industrial levels, on average people in the world are smarter, more educated, and the world would have ample resources - so very little amount of people need to survive in order to ...
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How much attrition could human civilization survive?

If the survivors were a group in a single area then 600 breeding pairs can perpetuate a culture and have enough genetic diversity to keep the species viable. If they were random people who survived in ...
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The Earth is teleported into interstellar space for 5 minutes. What happens?

One thing I can't believe no one's mentioned is the interstellar medium and its likely effects. Everyone's always happy about what the Earth's magnetic field does to protect us from solar winds—no one ...
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The Earth is teleported into interstellar space for 5 minutes. What happens?

As a supplementary answer, here is an image representation of what would happen, whole Earth at night: high resolution Composite map of the world assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP ...
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The Earth is teleported into interstellar space for 5 minutes. What happens?

One thing that is being forgotten is the effect of the solar wind on the Earth's magnetic field. The sudden loss of the pressure of the solar wind on the magnetic field of Earth, and the sudden change ...
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The Earth is teleported into interstellar space for 5 minutes. What happens?

Short term effects are pretty much covered in the other answers and are probably nothing of interest. Then again, a great deal of things to fix later: The night sky will be completely different. Most ...
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The Earth is teleported into interstellar space for 5 minutes. What happens?

Mostly agree with sentiments so far not a lot will happen, other than the likely earthquake from the loss of tidal forces on tectonic plates. The sizes of the quakes are completely up to the OP, as no ...
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The Earth is teleported into interstellar space for 5 minutes. What happens?

Stix's answer is almost correct, but doesn't take the Earth Tide into account. To summarise, the Sun and Moon cause tides in the "solid" body of the Earth. It isn't rigid - nothing is on ...
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The Earth is teleported into interstellar space for 5 minutes. What happens?

5 minutes of night during the day That's about it. There's nothing really wild about interstellar space that could cause Earth harm. There'd be a fractionally higher exposure to cosmic rays, maybe. ...
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The Earth is teleported into interstellar space for 5 minutes. What happens?

Absolutely nothing happens except that it's night for about 5 minutes everywhere on Earth. It would take several days for the tides to even out. It would take several months for the foodweb to ...
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What should an underground shelter, bunker or “regular” home look like if it’s designed to keep two people isolated for at least two years?

You are not showing any physical threat and thus no reason for a bunker. Given that, I would have no problem doing this for half your budget: Outside town somewhere buy a house. An ordinary house. ...
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What should an underground shelter, bunker or “regular” home look like if it’s designed to keep two people isolated for at least two years?

Read up on the British WWII plans for Operation Tracer. They had planned something like your requirement, with the added complication of Nazi soldiers overhead, and the big help of being able to get ...
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