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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is expected to announce where the minute hand lies on the "Doomsday Clock," a figurative clock that indicates how close the world's leading scientists think humans are from destroying the planet, today in Washington, D.C.
Midnight on the clock represents "doomsday." The closer the minute hand is to midnight, the higher the chance of a global cataclysm, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the group who set the "time" on the symbolic clock.
The clock's minute hand is assessed each year, and the clock's time "conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making," the Bulletin said on its website.
Last year, scientists announced the clock remained at "three minutes to midnight" due to climate change and "extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity" by the modernization of nuclear weapon arsenals.
In 2015, the clock was moved to "three minutes to midnight," from its place at "five minutes to midnight" in 2014.