Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - Doomsday Clock

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists recently announced plans to move the minute hand of the Doomsday clock tomorrow (Jan 14, 2010). Currently, the clock reads five minutes to midnight, having advanced two minutes on 17 January 2007.

My totally unprofessional and uneducated guess?

They will move it two minutes closer to midnight.

Why move it? The Iran and North Korean nuclear events, the increasing pressure of citizen nuclear plants in the Middle East, the lack of an of updated "START" agreement between US the Russia.

Let's hope I am wrong....


The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences. Through an award-winning magazine, our online presence, and the Doomsday Clock, we reach policy leaders and audiences around the world with information and analysis about efforts to address the dangers and prevent catastrophe. With fellowships for students and awards to young journalists, we help educate the next generation.


The Doomsday Clock conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction--the figurative midnight--and monitors the means humankind could use to obliterate itself. First and foremost, these include nuclear weapons, but they also encompass climate-changing technologies and new developments in the life sciences that could inflict irrevocable harm.

------------------------------------ is a global community of citizens and scientists making the world safer for future generations.

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