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Doomsday Clock’s Hands Set To Move Today


Are we creeping closer to catastrophe or is a self-induced apocalypse less imminent?The world will find out at 9 a.m. Thursday when the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists plans to move the fateful minute hand of its Doomsday Clock, which conveys the direness of nuclear, climatological and technological threats.The symbolic time change will occur in New York but can be viewed online for the first time.

Also at the group’s Web site, the public can submit questions about nuclear proliferation and other global threats to a panel of experts.The Bulletin, founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, created the clock in 1947. Midnight represents global annihilation, with the minute hand moving away from or closer to “doomsday” based on the state of international affairs.It’s currently set at five minutes to midnight.

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