It is two and a half minutes to midnight

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Doomsday Clock, a graphic that appeared on the first cover of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists as it transitioned from a six-page, black-andwhite newsletter to a full-fledged magazine.

For its first cover, the editors sought an image that represented a seriousness of purpose and an urgent call for action. The Clock, and the countdown to midnight that it implied, fit the bill perfectly. The Doomsday Clock, as it came to be called, has served as a globally recognized arbiter of the planet’s health and safety ever since.
It is two and a half minutes to midnight. 2017 Doomsday Clock Statement, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Editor, John Mecklin

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