Friday, January 15th, 2010
The Doomsday Clock, a timepiece measuring how close humanity is to nuclear destruction, has shifted back one minute.
Anti-nuclear campaigners welcomed forecasts by the symbolic clock, created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947, that the current threat had lessened.
The gimmick was built in New York two years after the US dropped the first atom bombs on Japan in World War Two and was first set at seven minutes to midnight.
In 2007 it was wound on to five minutes to midnight, to reflect the failure to solve problems posed by nuclear weapons.
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This article was posted: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8:39 am