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Doomsday Clock moves forward 30 seconds


Posted on Thursday, 25 January, 2018 | Comment icon 19 comments

One step closer to the apocalypse. Image Credit: US Department of Energy
The possibility of nuclear war has pushed the Doomsday Clock one more step closer to midnight.
The symbolic clock, which has been maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1947, is a visual representation of how close the world is to disaster based on political, environmental and technological threats such as nuclear annihilation and climate change.

Last year the hands were moved to show two-and-a-half minutes to midnight - the most precarious position the clock had been in since the risk of a nuclear conflict during the Cold War.

Now the hands have been moved yet again - leaving the time on the clock at two minutes to midnight.

"The danger of nuclear conflagration is not the only reason the clock has been moved forward," said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss.

"This danger looms at a time when there's been a loss of trust in political institutions, in the media, in science and in facts themselves - all of which exacerbate the difficulty of dealing with the real problems the world faces."



Source: Phys.org | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker on 26 January, 2018, 9:59
I'd recognize the value of the Doomsday Clock more if it wasn't used as a blunt instrument to push political bias points of view. The clock started at 7 minutes to Midnight in 1947, and have never been more the 17 minutes. It is not like it started with 24 hours and we are in the final seconds. Complete political stunt with several fallacy statements thrown on top.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Calibeliever on 26 January, 2018, 15:04
Self fulfilling prophecy is a powerful psychological factor in today's societal perception. If we keep shouting "The World Is Ending" we will find a way to make it happen. We keep flashing strobes and blaring loud music at the monkeys and we wonder why they're so stressed out and fighting with each other all the time.
Comment icon #12 Posted by UFOwatcher on 26 January, 2018, 15:59
Political puffery. My clock has several hours to go.... This is right up there with the DEFCON (non-military) website.... Want to play a game?
Comment icon #13 Posted by AZDZ on 26 January, 2018, 16:05
Reply @ timelaspe video, the way it starts slow and builds to a crescendo reminds me of...   Screw it. You know what they say about life handing you lemons?  You make ROCK & ROLL!  
Comment icon #14 Posted by spud the mackem on 26 January, 2018, 17:29
Does anyone believe in this rubbish ,why did it start a 17 minutes to midnight and not 00.01 a.m just to satisfy some "scientists" ego,it won't be bombs that finish off the world , but maybe plastic rubbish in the oceans will do the trick.
Comment icon #15 Posted by freetoroam on 26 January, 2018, 17:44
Humans should stop wasting time with this doomsday clock rubbish and consentrate their time on cleaning up the rubbish they have been littering our oceans with.
Comment icon #16 Posted by fred_mc on 26 January, 2018, 20:21
As long as he writes things in tweets rather than doing them in real life he is not that much of a threat I think.
Comment icon #17 Posted by and then on 27 January, 2018, 8:20
Care to guess what's behind their "reasoning"?  FWIW, I don't see any reality to such a move either.  It's just another political shot at Trump.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Dyna on 27 January, 2018, 21:35
Looks like 1953 was the last time it was this close. Timeline here https://thebulletin.org/timeline IT IS 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT DoomsdayClock_black_2mins_regmark.jpg 2 minutes to midnight 1953: After much debate, the United States decides to pursue the hydrogen bomb, a weapon far more powerful than any atomic bomb. In October 1952, the United States tests its first thermonuclear device, obliterating a Pacific Ocean islet in the process; nine months later, the Soviets test an H-bomb of their own.
Comment icon #19 Posted by UFOwatcher on 31 January, 2018, 23:05
I am so tired of this bunch. Push the clock PAST Midnight and let's see what happens..... Doomsday clock goes quack, quack.....


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