A panel of scientists and scholars said Thursday they believe the world is as close as it has ever been to a so-called doomsday scenario. CNN reports that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which has been tracking the threat posed by nuclear weapons and other technologies since the ‘40s, moved the second hand on their Doomsday Clock closer to its symbolic apocalyptic midnight.
"It is with considerable concern that we set the time of the 2018 doomsday clock and offer a plea to rewind the doomsday clock," Bulletin President and CEO Rachel Bronson explained. "As of today, it is two minutes to midnight." The last time the clock was so close to midnight was in 1953, when the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in a nuclear arms race. The furthest the clock has been from midnight is 17 minutes in 1991.