Physicist Lawrence Krauss is co-chairman of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the journal which, ever since 1947, has documented how close humanity is to bringing about its own destruction using the Doomsday Clock. It's a simple concept – midnight on the clock means Armageddon, and the sponsors move the time either further from or closer to midnight depending on how close they think we are to Armageddon (of the very secular variety).
In January, the sponsors took the decision to give us an extra minute, moving the time, which since 2007 had stood at five minutes to midnight, back to six minutes to midnight. So, for our March issue, we asked Krauss to explain what we had done to to earn this extra minute. In a fascinating piece he does just that, while also taking time to warn us against complacency by including eight myths that can lead to people thinking the world is safer than it actually is.
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