If things were so quiet on the “President Trump – Kim Jong-un button-off” front you started to relax a little lately, you may want to get those Doomsday supply kits ready.


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Scientists have just turned the clock closer to midnight; two minutes to midnight to be exact.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a non-profit group that sets the clock each year, cites increasing worries over nuclear weapons and climate change as the reason for the move Thursday morning.


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This is just the second time the clock has moved two minutes to midnight. The first was after the hydrogen bomb was first tested in 1953.

The farthest the clock has been set back was after the Cold War ended in 1991 and the Doomsday clock was set to 17 minutes to midnight.


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The announcement, made in Washington D.C. at the National Press Club, included several explanations of the science behind the move.

“We’ve made the clear statement that we feel the world is getting more dangerous,” Lawrence Krauss, chair of the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors and director of Arizona State University’s Origins Project, said. “The danger of nuclear conflagration is not the only reason the clock has been moved forward.”

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