The world tiptoed closer to the apocalypse on Tuesday as scientists moved the Doomsday Clock one minute closer to the zero hour.
The symbolic clock now stands at five minutes to midnight, the scientists said, because of a collective failure to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, act on climate change, or find safe and sustainable sources of energy – as exemplified by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The rare bright points the scientists noted were the Arab spring and movement in Russia for greater democracy.
[PS Where history meets science in the brain--it's almost 3 am and I went to type the label and wrote 'Domesday' instead, like a good student of mediaeval history. :) Incidentally, the Domesday Book got its name from the idea that what the book said about material wealth--who held what, what taxes were owed at the time of Edward the Confessor--was final and could not be appealed, much like the concept of Last Judgement, or Doomsday.]