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The Doomsday Clock Was Just Moved Forward—And We Haven't Been This Close To Midnight Since 1953

By Collin Gossel

On Thursday, January 25, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists held a presentation to announce some unfortunate news: The Doomsday Clock has moved forward 30 seconds. We are now just two minutes away from "midnight." The clock, which was created in 1947, is a symbolic piece of art run by a board of scientists (which includes 15 Nobel laureates) to show how close mankind is to global catastrophe. This is the closest we've been since 1953, at the height of the Cold War.