by Moody Adams "It is now five minutes to midnight," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) director Kennette Benedict announced today. In a sign of pessimism about our world’s future, scientists set the hands of the infamous "Doomsday Clock" forward one minute.
“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.” Wikipedia encyclopedia. “The closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is estimated to be to global disaster. Reflecting international events dangerous to humankind, the clock's hands have been adjusted twenty times since its inception in 1947, when the clock was initially set to seven minutes to midnight (11:53pm).”
That represents a symbolic step closer to doomsday, a change from the clock's previous mark of six minutes to midnight, set in January 2010.