Tags: doomsday | clock | set

Doomsday Clock Counting Down to Apocalypse Set at 5 to Midnight

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 03:25 PM

By Alexandra Ward

The Doomsday Clock, a metaphoric signifier of the countdown to the apocalypse, has been set at five minutes to midnight for the second year in a row, the board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced this week.

Used to symbolize humanity's proximity to total destruction from nuclear or biological weapons, climate change, and other human-caused disasters, the Doomsday Clock has been maintained since 1947 by the group of atomic scientists at the University of Chicago. The closer they set the clock to midnight each year, the closer they estimate the world is to global disaster.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"As always, new technologies hold the promise of doing great good, supplying new sources of clean energy, curing disease, and otherwise enhancing our lives. From experience, however, we also know that new technologies can be used to diminish humanity and destroy societies," the board said in a statement, according to LiveScience.com. "We can manage our technology, or become victims of it. The choice is ours, and the Clock is ticking."

This year, the board took into account things like the contentious relationship between the U.S. and Russia triggered by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's leaks over the summer.

The Doomsday Clock showed that the apocalypse threat was highest in 1953 when the time was set at two minutes to midnight after the first test of the hydrogen bomb. The scientists were most optimistic in 1991 when they set the clock 17 minutes early after the U.S. and Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. The hands had been gradually inching closer to midnight since then, but were pushed back to six minutes in 2010 after President Barack Obama's first year in office.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

CEO Don Thompson Exits Slumping McDonald's

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 07:02 AM

McDonald's Don Thompson is leaving as CEO of the burger kingpin after the company spent months in a financial slump and  . . .

Bruce Jenner E! Series to Tell What's Up With His 'Transition'

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 06:58 AM

Bruce Jenner, the former Olympian and patriarch of the Kardashian family who is rumored to be undergoing some sort of ge . . .

Raul Castro Warns US Against Meddling in Cuban Affairs

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 06:46 AM

Cuban President Raul Castro warned the United States on Wednesday that meddling in the communist nation's internal affai . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved