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‘Doomsday Clock’ Moves Away From Midnight but Only by 1 Minute

Greenpeace activists put up mock “doomsday clocks” in this file photo. A group of international scientists will move the hands of the symbolic “Doomsday Clock” for the first time in two years. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)

[We know better that “Doomsday” is not going to happen but it’s nice to see some confidence in that even if it’s just a little. Tony]

Jan. 14, 2010

The world can breathe a sigh of relief today… kind of.

A group of international scientists this morning announced that they are moving the hands of the symbolic “Doomsday Clock” away from midnight — or the figurative apocalypse — but only by one minute.

The clock, which is maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, was designed to reflect how close civilization is to “catastrophic destruction.” First set at seven minutes to midnight, the clock has been moved only 18 times since its creation in 1947.

The group, which includes more than a dozen Nobel laureates, last moved the hands of the clock in 2007, from seven to five minutes before midnight to reflect the threat of a “second nuclear age” and the challenges presented by global warming.

Today, at a press conference in New York, the Bulletin announced that despite the looming threats of nuclear weapons and climate change, it would move the hands of the clock from five to six minutes before midnight.



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  1. UFOBelieve says:

    What an old, useless, fear-based and depressing system …
    I hope that not too many people fall for this.

    Has anyone seen “Watchmen”? “I think that the image of a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as a picture of oxygen to a drowning man.”

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