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'Doomsday Clock' now stands three minutes to midnight

'Doomsday Clock' now stands three minutes to midnight
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If it was New Year's Eve, I'd say you should be excited if it was only three minutes to midnight. However, since this is the Doomsday Clock we're talking about, I'd say you should be getting excited in an entirely different way.

In case you don't know, the so-called "Doomsday Clock" is a symbolic clock that atomic scientists use to tell us how close we are to the end of civilization. Now, it's two minutes closer. In fact, our species is closer to extinction than it has been since 1984.

The Doomsday Clock was originally created in 1945 by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) who helped to develop the first atomic weapons during the Manhattan Project. And now the BAS, which currently includes 18 Nobel Laureates, has moved the clock two minutes closer to midnight.

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