Doomsday Is 1 Minute Closer

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moves up its famous clock
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2012 2:34 PM CST
Doomsday Is 1 Minute Closer
Lawrence Krauss of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists with the new time.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The apocalypse is a smidge closer today: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock from 11:54 to 11:55, reports USA Today. The symbolic clock has been in place since 1947 and now factors in climate change along with nuclear proliferation. We're still a few ticks away from the worst-ever mark of 11:58 in 1953.

"It is five minutes to midnight," the group warned. "Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed." (More Doomsday Clock stories.)

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