Scientists prepare to change the time on the Doomsday Clock

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Did 2009 bring us closer to the brink of destruction? Or did last year leave us a little bit more secure? We'll all find out Thursday when the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announces the latest move of the minute hand on its famous Doomsday Clock, msnbc reported.

The group, founded by University of Chicago scientists who'd helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, came up with the idea of a Doomsday Clock in 1947 to symbolize the threat of nuclear annihilation, its message being that humans are "a few minutes from midnight."

That minute hand hasn't moved since January 2007, when it was pushed forward by two minutes, from seven to five minutes before midnight, due to the stated perils of 27,000 nuclear weapons, 2,000 of them ready to launch within minutes, and the destruction of human habitats due to climate change.

The event will take place at 10 a.m. ET on Jan. 14 at the New York Academy of Sciences Building in New York, and if you want to see how we're doing, you can watch it live.

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