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Doomsday Approacheth

First off, there's a Doomsday Clock??

Second, the scientists in charge of it have decided that the current situation in the world merits moving the minute hand 2 minutes closer to midnight. Great.

The Nobel laureate scientist Stephen Hawking today warned that the world is on the brink of a second nuclear age and a period of unprecedented climate change.

The University of Cambridge mathematician's comments came as the time on the doomsday clock, which counts down to nuclear Armageddon, was moved two minutes closer to midnight, reflecting concerns among scientists over the rise of new nuclear powers.

Climate change was also increasing the threat of catastrophic damage to the planet, academics at the Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists (BAS) said.

How do they determine how many minutes to move the clock? What is the scale they're using? I'd like to see some of that math.

This is all very nice and symbolic and everything, but is the best this group of scientists, which includes 18 Nobel laureates, can do is move the hand on some clock and put a picture of it on a magazine? That's so sad and totally useless. It makes me think of a group of sad, bent old men working together to push a giant minute hand on a huge clock deep in a pit while the rest of the world ignores or jeers at them.

By min | January 17, 2007, 1:13 PM | Science


I can't imagine that this is all they do. I'm sure that this is merely the most public and easy to understand for a vast majority of the world's population. And, I would expect, most scientists tend not to have a lot of power to do more than this.

What would you like them to do that you don't suspect they are doing?

they should be building the ultimate nullifier, at the very least.

Old news if you're an Iron Maiden fan.

2 minutes to midnight
The hands that threaten dooooom.
2 minutes to midnight
To kill the unborn in the wooooooooooomb!

Midnight...all night...

And to answer Wayne's question, they should be curing cancer and building indestructable but benevolent super-robots that will take over the earth and usher in a high-tech Golden Age.

That's all you ever talk about: comics!