Doomsday Clock Ticks Forward to 3 Minutes to Midnight

The hands of the iconic “Doomsday Clock” have been moved to read 3 minutes from midnight or doomsday. The last time the world was 3 minutes to midnight was during the Cold War in 1984.

The hands of the iconic “Doomsday Clock” have been moved forward to read 3 minutes from midnight. The last time the world was 3 minutes to midnight was during the Cold War in 1984.


The metaphorical clock is managed by the Science and Security Board of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and signals the grim outlook the group has on the world's future if attentions aren't paid to growing climate change and nuclear arsenals. Megan Gannon from Live Science reported that the board decided to move the time from 5 minutes to midnight where its hands have rested for the past three years--since 2012.

Granted, the board is by no means predicting the world's demise, rather the clock is used as a tool to warn the public about how close we are to a global catastrophe. It has been maintained as a symbol to the world since 1947 as a warning that humanity is deadly-close to a global disaster. After the Atomic Bombs were dropped in Japan, the clock has warned of nuclear disaster, but since 2007 the board has also considered the irreversible damages of climate change, adding the threat to their doomsday predictions. The furthest the clock has ever been from midnight was when it was moved to 11:43, when the Soviet Union and the United States signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 1991.

Since then the clock has been inching ever-forward. The lack of global action toward resolving the climate change crisis, which scientists predict the Earth will be 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit warmer by the end of century; there's also the he halted efforts of nations to scale back their nuclear arms; and rising global tensions have only convinced the board that the world needs to act in order to step back from this metaphorical ledge.

Kennette Benedict, Executive Director of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists spoke to reporters in Washington D.C. about the board's decision:

"We are not saying it is too late to take action but the window for action is closing rapidly. We move the clock hand today to inspire action."

Read more at Live Science

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
Keep reading Show less

Supreme Court to hear 3 cases on LGBT workplace discrimination

In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.

(Photo by Andres Pantoja/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
  • The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
  • Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
Keep reading Show less

Scientists discover how to trap mysterious dark matter

A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.

Surprising Science
  • Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
  • Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
  • The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
Keep reading Show less

Afghanistan is the most depressed country on Earth

No, depression is not just a type of "affluenza" — poor people in conflict zones are more likely candidates

Image: Our World in Data / CC BY
Strange Maps
  • Often seen as typical of rich societies, depression is actually more prevalent in poor, conflict-ridden countries
  • More than one in five Afghans is clinically depressed – a sad world record
  • But are North Koreans really the world's 'fourth least depressed' people?
Keep reading Show less