The Doomsday clock has been moved forward – again. It may be time to travel since the clock is now set to five minutes before midnight. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists carried this cheerful news effective on January 11th – and that was before Newt Gingrich won South Carolina.

The group of scientists who manage the symbolic time settings have advanced our planet’s time one minute closer to the bewitching hour given the pending threat from nuclear weapons used by despots or sold on the open market, climate change, and emerging technologies that will enable man to kill his fellow man without the need to waste very much time.

The current count on deployed nuclear weapons is 19,500. The scientists also cited the fact that we are seeing a warmer climate that is adding quickly to harsher weather events, a scarcity of water, the spread of famine, and increasing acidization of our oceans.