What You Missed: Doomsday Clock, Gender Stereotypes, and More

In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute. 

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

Well, 2.5 minutes from the end of the world, really. At least according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, who moved up the hands on the Doomsday Clock the closest it’s been to midnight in 64 years. In 1953 the hand moved 2 minutes to midnight after the United States and Soviet Union tested hydrogen bombs. 

The reason the clock is inching back toward midnight this year probably won’t surprise you.


6-year-old girls already have gendered beliefs about intelligence

The beliefs don’t have anything to do with actual ability. And, a study shows, these beliefs can have lasting consequences. 

March For Life Rally

Anti-abortion groups hold triumphant rally after Obama years

"We've come to a historic moment in the cause for life," said Vice President Mike Pence. "Life is winning in America." He’s the first vice president to address the March For Life Rally, which has been held every year since abortion was legalized in 1973. 

What Book You Missed

Bookstores have seen spikes of interest in George Orwell’s dystopian classic as the Trump administration’s “alternative facts” dominate the news cycle. 1984 has often seemed eerily prescient, but perhaps no more so than now, when the hacking of personal emails makes private conversations public and the government has declared that the media is the opposition. Orwell’s classic challenge to complacency is definitely worth a reread.