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01/26/2016 05:01 pm ET

It's Doomsday Clock Time Again

The much-hyped virtual timepiece will stay at three minutes to "midnight"—but what does that actually mean?
Lawrence Krauss, chair of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Board of Sponsors; Thomas Pickering; Sivan Kartha, member of the
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Lawrence Krauss, chair of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Board of Sponsors; Thomas Pickering; Sivan Kartha, member of the Bulletin's Science and Security Board; and Sharon Squassoni, member of the Bulletin's Science and Security Board (from left to right). Next to the panel is the 'Doomsday Clock' in Washington, DC, on Jan. 26.

This just in: we are just three minutes from midnight. That puts us right where we were last January with respect to the end of civilization as we know it. This is according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine you almost certainly do not read. The Bulletin does not appear on any newsstand I’ve ever seen. Most people never give it a moment’s thought. Its Doomsday Clock, however, is another matter...

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