Doomsday Clock

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A symbolic clock face, maintained since 1947 by atomic scientists at the University of Chicago, that views humans as minutes from midnight—i.e., catastrophic destruction
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You can vote today and again tomorrow but the competition finishes at one minute to midnight tomorrow night.
Drivers will encounter a contraflow system and a 40mph speed limit until one minute to midnight on Sunday, November 13, or earlier if work is finished before then.
ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT by Michael Dobbs, Arrow pounds 8 99.
59pm is 7-4, and Hills go 3-1 that play ends between 11pm and one minute to midnight.
But as the pages fill with memorable characters in extraordinary circumstances and exotic settings, and as the drama steadily builds, One Minute to Midnight evokes novelists like Alan Furst, John le CarrE[umlaut] or Graham GreeneAua reminder that footnote-laden history need not take a backseat to fictional thrillers.
IF the doomsday clock is ticking on Gordon Brown's premiership, then the hands are now at one minute to midnight.
At one minute to midnight last Saturday, I rounded off the karaoke in the Crosslands pub, Glasgow, with a fag-waving rendition of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.
The clock is standing at one minute to midnight for the great apes, animals that share more than 96 per cent of their DNA with humans,' he said in a statement released at the opening of a meeting on great apes in Paris.
One minute to midnight Wednesday was the deadline for a feature film to begin a seven-day run in Los Angeles County in order to qualify for Academy Award consideration.
This year it fell at one minute to midnight on June 20.
Klaus Toepfer, executive director of the UN's environment programme, said: "The clock is standing at one minute to midnight for the great apes.
Klaus Toepfer, UNEP executive director, said: 'The clock is standing at one minute to midnight for the great apes.