Doomsday: the Early Hours

Wednesday 24 January 2007

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The iconic Doomsday clock has been moved two minutes closer to midnight, symbolizing the growing international threat of nuclear disaster. Find out what led the directors at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to inch the hand closer to this ominous hour, and why – for the first time – they’ve included climate change in their forecast of imminent threats to humanity.

From asteroids to wandering black holes to gamma-ray bursts – the cosmic catastrophes that lurk outside our world. Plus, your chance to design a mission to stop a killer asteroid… some of the nuttier end-of-world prophesies… and, how Hollywood blockbusters get contemporary doomsday scenarios wrong.

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