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What is the Doomsday Clock and why does it matter?


Designing the Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face, maintained since 1947 by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago. The closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is estimated to be to global disaster. The most recent officially announced setting — five minutes to midnight (11:55pm) — was made on 10 January 2012.[1] Reflecting international events dangerous to humankind…


Doomsday Clock reads 11.57: Scientists move minute hand by 2 minutes

The symbolic clock (shown) is intended to show how close we are to disaster. Today the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) moved the minute hand forward by two minutes.

snake-dance-illo_2764022b Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control

Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis: Yet in October 1962, the Bulletin's Doomsday Clock remained unchanged: It stood at 7 minutes to midnight and the following year, in 1963, the clock's hands moved to 12 minutes to midnight, when the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty went into effect.