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"Doomsday Clock" Ticks Half-Minute Closer to Midnight in Historic Move

"Doomsday Clock" Ticks Half-Minute Closer to Midnight in Historic Move

Mindy Weisberger | Live Science -- 

For the first time in its history, the Doomsday Clock, an imaginary timepiece that represents humanity's proximity to annihilation through mechanisms of our own design, has moved 30 seconds closer to calamity, with the minute hand now at 2 and a half minutes to midnight, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced this morning (Jan. 26).

The minute hand's new position for 2017 was determined by the Bulletin's Science and Security Board in consultation with a team of experts including 15 Nobel laureates. They last reset the clock on Jan. 22, 2015, at 3 minutes to midnight, with midnight representing global calamity.

The clock's new position marks the closest its hands have crept toward midnight in more than 60 years.

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