Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Doomsday 5 Minutes Away?

The Doomsday Clock has been reset from 7 minutes to midnight to 5 minutes to midnight. Since 1947 the clock has appeared on the cover of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The clock has been reset 18 times since then. This most recent reset is due to an increase in nations acquiring nuclear technology and the rising risk of catastophic climate change.

Sir Martin Rees, the president of the Royal Society and a professor of cosmology and astrophysics, added: "Nuclear weapons still pose the most catastrophic and immediate threat to humanity, but climate change and emerging technologies in the life sciences also have the potential to end civilisation as we know it."

N.B.: The Blogger is an R.E.M. fan but does not know all of the lyrics to their doomsday song, "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).

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