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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Doomsday Clock ticks one minute closer to to Armageddon

The nuclear watchdogs at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists reset the hands of the symbolic Doomsday Clock to five minutes to midnight.

The Bulletin, which is self-tasked with keeping the public cognisant of the world's nuclear peril, as well as other global threats such climate change, reset of the atomic clock in response to what it see as the world's peril.

"It is now five minutes to midnight," said Allison Macfarlan, a senior scientists at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 – two years after the US dropped the first atom bombs on Japan in World War II – it was first set at seven minutes to midnight.

Since then the Bulletin's scientific board, which includes Professor Stephen Hawking and 18 other Nobel laureates, has been changed 18 times.

The latest recorded time was two minutes to midnight in 1953 as the Cold War between the US and Soviet Union escalated. In 2007 it was wound on to five minutes to midnight, to reflect the failure to solve problems posed by nuclear weapons. Read More