Other top stories include China's quiet building plans for refugee camps on North Korean border, a former Facebook executive's criticism of social media, and searching for Alien technology
12 Diciembre 2017 13:56
Moore’s bizarre testimonials - The Republican candidate Roy Moore and supporters have mounted a series of extraordinary character defenses as his US Senate race with Democrat Doug Jones headed towards a finish. At a rally on Monday night, Moore’s wife, Kayla, rejected accusations of antisemitism, offering as proof: ‘One of our attorneys is a Jew.’ An ally of Moore also stated that the politician must be innocent sexual assault claims against him because he was once taken to a Vietnam brothel but did not have any sexual encounters.
North Korean preparation - China is quietly building a network of refugee camps along its 880-mile (1,416km) border with North Korea as it braces for the human exodus that a conflict or the potentially messy collapse of Kim Jong-un’s regime might unleash.
Social media’s evils - A former Facebook executive has said he feels ‘tremendous guilt’ over his work on ‘tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works’, joining a growing chorus of critics of the social media giant. Chamath Palihapitiya, who was vice-president for user growth at Facebook before he left the company in 2011, said: ‘The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.’
Alien life? - Astronomers are to use one of the world’s largest telescopes to check a mysterious object that is speeding through the solar system for signs of alien technology. The Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will listen for radio signals being broadcast from a cigar-shaped body which was first spotted in the solar system in October.
Death of a defector - A former US sergeant who defected to North Korea and became Pyongyang's prisoner for nearly 40 years has died. Charles Jenkins, 77, lived in Japan where he had settled with his family after his 2004 release. He was among four US soldiers who defected in the 1960s and later became North Korean film stars, but was the only one who was released.
Climate failures - The Paris agreement on climate change, ratified by world governments a year ago, has failed to ensure major investors are moving away from fossil fuels with the urgency required to safeguard the planet, civil society groups have said. In a rebuke to US antipathy towards climate science, France's leader has announced the first winners of grants for international scientists to carry out their research in France.