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Doomsday Clock clicks half a minute toward midnight

by: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:

Officials unveil the latest version of the Doomsday Clock during a news conference at the National Press Club January 26, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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Does it feel like there's no hope, and we're spiraling toward oblivion?

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the keepers of what is called the Doomsday Clock, will take a look at the state of the world today and are expected to move the clock one minute closer to "midnight," The Los Angeles Times reported

The clock is a metaphor for how close the world is to a catastrophe.

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However, they did not make that drastic of a move. Rather, the scientists moved the clock half a minute, or 30 seconds, closer to doomsday. The clock now sits at 2 1/2 minutes.

The clock has been as close as two minutes in 1953 during hydrogen bomb testing. It had been further away from "doomsday" until 2015, when it was set to three minutes, according to the group's timeline.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was started by the physicists from the Manhattan Projects, the developers of the atomic bomb in 1947, The Telegraph reported.