Deafness at Doomsday - By LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS NYTimes.comQuicklink submitted by Susan Lee Schwartz Permalink
|'Because the threat of nuclear proliferation is not being addressed, and missile defense technologies remain flawed and because new threats exposed by scientists have been ignored, the Bulletin's annual Doomsday clock -- which was updated on Tuesday -- still sits at five minutes to midnight. The clock is meant to convey the threats we face not only from nuclear weapons, but also from climate change and the potential unintended consequences of genetic engineering, which could be misused by those seeking to create bioweapons.'... 'TO our great peril, the scientific community has had little success in recent years influencing policy on global security. Perhaps this is because the best scientists today are not directly responsible for the very weapons that threaten our safety, and are therefore no longer the high priests of destruction, consulted as oracles as they were after World War 2'|
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