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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Like that painful hangnail you've been eyeing for days -- except billions of times larger, made of ice not keratin, and studied by dozens of scientists worldwide -- a Delaware-sized glacier along Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is hanging by a thread, poised to break off into the ocean any day now.

In a dramatic development, the giant rift in the Larsen C ice shelf has grown an additional 17km since last week, and the leading tip of the crack is now exceptionally close to the ocean. There's now very little to prevent a complete collapse -- an event that will produce one of the largest icebergs in recorded history.