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Advanced alien civilizations may produce ‘technosignatures’ that we could find, experts say

BELLEVUE, Wash. — If life evolved on other planets as it did on Earth, aliens may be zooming around in vehicles that belch pollution into space. Or they might have had their very own Edison — and a planet blanketed in artificial light.

A group of astronomers is searching for these strange signals from distant exoplanets, or what are called “technosignatures,” because they may point to the existence of intelligent civilizations elsewhere in the cosmos. The  term “technosignature” is a relatively new one, first coined in 2007 by astronomer Jill Tarter, who at the time was the director of the Center for SETI Research.

But even before the birth of the term, astronomers have been searching for technosignatures, the most popular one being radio transmissions. Practically speaking, that often meant looking for something strange — an anomaly in the data that could indicate the presence of something unnatural — like a planet that’s a bit too bright. Historically, that search wasn’t taken seriously. Now, however, scientists say they may have a real shot at finding such signals — as long as they look for the right things in the right places.

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What would such technosignatures look like? For instance, when scanning distant exoplanets, data anomalies such as an unusual atmospheric makeup could be a clue to “complex life engineering its environment,” said Joseph Lazio, an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, during a talk at the Astrobiology Science Conference on June 26.  But scientists must be cautious; that same signal “could just be a planet covered in pond scum that’s producing oxygen,” Lazio said.

Another possible technosignature is the ultrafast blinking of a star. “If you see a star, say, blinking on and off faster than a microsecond, that’s not obviously a natural phenomenon,” he said. What’s more, almost any reasonably advanced civilization could create such a signature.

“It’s not really all that difficult, we can do it today on a lab bench,” Lazio said. Humans have created lasers, for example, that release photons trillions of times a second, he added.

Radio waves beaming through space at a certain frequency may also be a clue to intelligent alien civilizations. Natural sources don’t typically produce radio waves within a very narrow range of frequencies, Lazio said. And yet, “it’s really easy for us to do it” artificially, Lazio said. So if we can do it … couldn’t E.T.?

Searching for life in the cosmos has historically focused on finding biosignatures, or biological signals, such as oxygen left behind when living creatures breathe. Today, we have many ways to detect biosignatures.

Similarly, there are several major classes of technosignatures: chemical signatures such as atmospheric pollution; megastructures that reflect, absorb or block light from a planet’s host star; “self-luminous” signals such as artificial illumination, radio or laser communication; and waste heat, which is “an unavoidable result of any kind of activity,” Svetlana Berdyugina, the director of the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics in Freiburg, Germany, said during the talk. (Waste heat is produced by machines or other processes that use energy).

Berdyugina and her team are looking for optical signals. As a planet travels around its own star, the light that is reflected by the planet changes, depending on where the planet is in its rotation and in its orbit. Stitching together signals produced by that reflected light over time, researchers can create what’s called a light curve. That, in turn, could provide a glimpse of the planetary surface — and any unusual features there, Berdyugina said. For example, a giant megastructure will reflect light in a very different way, than, say, an empty field.

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Berdyugina and her team previously used this technique to resolve geographic features, such as mountains and craters, on planets and moons in our own solar system, as well as on simulated exoplanets. Now, they are working to understand if this technique could reveal weird shapes and artificial illumination on a planet’s surface.

There are also other programs searching for light signal, such as a 10-year initiative from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), called Breakthrough Listen. That team is surveying thousands of stars for not only optical signals but also radio signals.

While astronomers could dream up a nearly infinite list of potential technosignatures, only a handful are worth looking for.

“The game is to try and figure out something that is artificial but is also feasibly detectable,” Thomas Beatty, an assistant astronomer at the Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona, told Live Science. “I think we are closer than a lot of people imagine.”

One possibility? Myriad night lights, illuminating the surface of a distant world, Beatty said at a talk at the conference. And a proposed, space-based telescope called the Large UV Optical Infrared Surveyor (LUVOIR) could be a perfect tool to hunt for them. If it gets built, LUVOIR will use its 26- to 52-foot (8 to 16 meters) mirror to scan exoplanets and measure gases in their atmosphere. But the same telescope could also indirectly detect technosignatures, he added.

At the point where you could feasibly detect — really strongly detect — oxygen levels in an atmosphere, you should also be able to detect city lights, he said. Of course, oxygen levels are going to be detected at an “exquisite” level of precision, and by comparison, light pollution from cities will not be easy to find.

Existing land-based telescopes, such as the Extremely Large Telescope or the Giant Magellan Telescope, might also be able to detect city lights on alien planets, he said. Unlike LUVOIR, however, these Earthbound tools would be somewhat impeded by our own atmosphere. So city lights would have to be really strong — an exoplanet would have to have 10 or 20 times as many cities as Earth does. Those densely packed planets would have to be “like a future Earth from the year 2200,” in order for us to find them, he said.

The search for technosignatures doesn’t have to break the bank, either. “In some cases, it’s only a marginal cost,” Lazio said. That’s because technosignatures may be hidden in data we already have; all we need to do is find them. And technosignatures (like city lights), and biosignatures (like city lights) could be detected simultaneously, Berdyugina said.

But not everyone is convinced that the search will turn up anything.

Unlike biosignatures, alien technosignatures might be too faint, said Gustavo Cruz Diaz, a postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Ames Research Center who attended the talks, but was not involved in the research. “If extraterrestrial life looks at us, they will not find a [single] technosignature,” he told Live Science after the talk. Even though we think we have an advanced civilization, from a distant perch in space, we simply haven’t modified our planet enough to be detected — at least with our existing technology. “You have to cover the entire Earth with cities to know there is something there,” Cruz Diaz said.

What’s more, technology is ever-changing, and so we might be searching for the wrong things at the wrong time, said Andrew Mattioda, a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, who also attended the talk. Trying to use signals from technology “to identify another civilization is like trying to hit a moving target,” he said. “You don’t know what technology is going to be.”

Earthbound scientists are also constrained by what we know. Hunting aliens with technosignatures may be like searching for missing keys under a streetlight because that’s the only place we can see, Beatty said.

Even so, we can only hunt for what we can imagine being out there, he suggested. As Shakespeare writes, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” But we have to have a starting point, and so the reasonable, the logical starting point, is to look for something like Earth,” Beatty added.

Historically, the search for technosignatures has been much less popular than the hunt for biosignatures, especially in terms of funding, Lazio said. Nor has the search always been taken seriously by other astronomers, Beatty said. But that’s now changing, in large part because “we’ve become very good at measuring exoplanet atmospheres” and small signals around exoplanets, Beatty said.

So, it’s possible that as our humble Earthling technology improves, the hunt for technosignatures may gain more respect. After all, searching for life on other worlds “used to be something that seemed very pie in the sky,” he said. “Whereas now, it’s something we seriously think about today.”

Originally published on Live Science.

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Chilling last words of dad who jumped in front of train with daughter in arms

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A distraught Bronx dad said the final words “With God, with God, with God, here comes the train” before jumping in front of a subway car while holding his 5-year-old daughter, who miraculously survived, his wife revealed Tuesday.

Fernando Balbuena, 45, spoke those chilling last words in Spanish — “Con dios, con dios, con dios que alli viene el tren” — to wife Niurka Caraballo in a phone conversation that sent her running out of the couple’s Grand Concourse home to the nearby Kingsbridge Road station Monday morning, only to find it was too late.

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“They [witnesses] speculate he was fighting with someone on the phone, but the only person he was on the phone with was me,” Caraballo, 41, said Tuesday in Spanish.

Balbuena scooped the couple’s daughter, Ferni, up into his arms and leaped into the path of a southbound No. 4 train, horrifying dozens of commuters packing the platform of the elevated station at 8 a.m.

Balbuena died, but his daughter escaped virtually unscathed, and was able to crawl along the track bed to the outstretched arm of a good Samaritan who lowered himself down to rescue her.

Though she’s physically fine, Ferni has yet to process the trauma of exactly what happened, asking for her dad, and believing he might still walk through the door, said Caraballo.

“Ferni was very close to him,” said Caraballo. “After what happened, she is saying, ‘Daddy is in the hospital. He hurt his stomach.’ ”

Now, both Ferni and her 2-year-old brother, ­Fernandcq, will be forced to grow up without their father.

Caraballo acknowledged Balbuena’s long-running battle with depression, but said he was on medication, and that Monday’s act was stunning.

“My husband is a serious man, responsible, quiet and reserved,” she said. “He was in treatment, he took his medication. We are all in shock.”

Caraballo said she is hopeful Ferni is young enough that the trauma won’t be burned into her memory.

“It is going to be a process, her living through that,” she said.

But she’s grateful for every day she has with Ferni after her near-death experience.

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“They are calling her the miracle girl,” said Caraballo. “My daughter was reborn yesterday.”

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Rare sighting of grizzly bears fighting in the middle of Canada highway caught on video

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Two grizzly bears were caught on video fighting on a highway in Canada last week, while a wolf looked on from behind.

The dramatic encounter was captured by Cari McGillivray who posted the “rare and amazing moment” on Facebook.

The fight between the two bears escalates within moments, as both stand up on their hind legs and begin to shove and bite each other.

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The encounter took place along provincial highway 37 in British Columbia, not far from the town of Stewart, next to the border with Alaska, according to Business Insider.

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As if the rare sighting wasn’t enough, a wolf is also seen walking on the road in the backdrop of the bear scuffle. The minute-long fight quickly comes to an end, as the two grizzlies eventually chase each other and run out of the camera frame.

The viral video has since been shared more 71,000 times and has garnered 25,000 likes.

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Marc Thiessen: Trump, Ukraine and Democrats’ double standard

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We don’t yet know whether President Trump delayed some military aid to Ukraine as leverage to get Ukraine’s president to reopen an investigation into Hunter Biden. But if we are concerned about U.S. officials inappropriately threatening aid to Ukraine, then there are others who have some explaining to do.

It got almost no attention, but in May, CNN reported that Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., wrote a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, expressing concern at the closing of four investigations they said were critical to the Mueller probe. In the letter, they implied that their support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine was at stake. Describing themselves as “strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine,” the Democratic senators declared, “We have supported [the] capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these [democratic] principles to avoid the ire of President Trump,” before demanding Lutsenko “reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”

So, it’s okay for Democratic senators to encourage Ukraine to investigate Trump, but it’s not okay for the president to allegedly encourage Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden?

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And then there is Joe Biden. In 2016, the then-vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine if the government did not fire the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.

According to The New York Times, “Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden … who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.” The Post reported it is “unclear how seriously Shokin — who was under fire by U.S. and European officials for not taking a more aggressive posture toward corruption overall — was scrutinizing Burisma when he was forced out.”

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What is clear is that Biden bragged about getting him fired, declaring last year: “I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b—-. He got fired.”

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This weekend, Biden told reporters, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” That is flatly untrue. Hunter admitted in an interview with the New Yorker that his father expressed concern about the Burisma post at least once: “Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you are doing,’ and I said, ‘I do.'” Moreover, the New Yorker reported, “In December 2015, as Joe Biden prepared to return to Ukraine, his aides braced for renewed scrutiny of Hunter’s relationship with Burisma. Amos Hochstein, the Obama administration’s special envoy for energy policy, raised the matter with Biden.”

So, Biden was fully aware of his son’s involvement with Burisma when he pressured Ukraine to fire the prosecutor in 2016. He should have known that his using U.S. aid as leverage to force the prosecutor’s dismissal would create, at a bare minimum, the appearance of a conflict of interest.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that Congress will initiate a formal impeachment inquiry over the Ukraine episode, a move Joe Biden endorsed in a speech, declaring, “It’s time for the Congress to fully investigate the conduct of this president.” Such an investigation will be far more damaging for Biden than the president. It will keep the story of Biden’s conflict of interest in the news through the 2020 election. Senate Republicans can demand that Hunter Biden testify, and subpoena Obama White House aides to explain under oath what the vice president knew and when he knew it.

Put aside the prosecutor’s firing. Hunter took the position with a Ukrainian natural gas company just a few weeks after his father visited Ukraine in 2014 to urge its government to increase its natural gas production. He had no expertise in Ukraine or natural gas. It will not just be Republicans calling this suspicious; nonpartisan experts in ethics law will testify that this a major conflict of interest.

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And the focus will not just be on Ukraine. It will also be on how, as The Post reported, “for more than two decades, [Hunter’s] professional work often tracked with his father’s life in politics, from Washington to Ukraine to China.”

While Senate Republicans will not remove Trump from office, Democratic primary voters might decide that Biden and his troubles are a distraction they do not need. The irony is the Democrats’ investigation might do more to deny Biden the presidency than Trump.

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Des Moines Register hit after report digs up old, offensive tweets of local man who raised $1M for charity

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Iowa’s largest newspaper is in the middle of a firestorm after publishing a report that dug up old, offensive tweets from a local man who raised over $1 million for charity.

A piece published by the Des Moines Register profiled a 24-year-old Iowan native, Carson King, who became a TV sensation last weekend after he held up a sign at a football game asking people to donate money to him.  He requested that they donate the funds through Venmo so he could buy his “supply” of Busch Light.

King went on to raise more than $1 million and donated the money to the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital. Busch Light and Venmo pledged to match King’s fundraising efforts.

The newspaper report,  however, included a “routine background check” of King’s social media history. Register reporter Aaron Calvin came across two racist jokes that dated back to 2012 when King was a 16-year-old high school student, “one comparing black mothers to gorillas and another making light of black people killed in the Holocaust.”

King was asked about the tweets and immediately expressed remorse.

“That’s not something that I’m proud of at all,” King told the Register on Tuesday.

He appeared on local TV stations to apologize and said, “I am embarrassed and stunned to reflect on what I thought was funny when I was 16-year-old.”

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In light of the tweets, Busch Light’s parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev announced that it was severing ties with King but promised to honor its pledge.

After the piece was published Tuesday evening, critics slammed the Register for digging up the tweets.

The Register’s Executive Editor Carol Hunter issued a statement responding to the backlash and shed some light on the internal discussion about whether to include details about King’s social media posts.

“Should that material be included in the profile at all? The jokes were highly inappropriate and were public posts. Shouldn’t that be acknowledged to all the people who had donated money to King’s cause or were planning to do so?” Hunter wrote.

Hunter went on to defend the paper’s decision to include such information, noting that it was towards the bottom of the profile and not placed prominently at the top.

“The news conference was covered by local television stations, which first reported on the racist posts and King’s remorse. After those stories aired, Busch Light’s parent company announced it would honor its pledge to the children’s hospital but would sever future ties with King,” Hunter continued. “That happened before the Register published its profile of King, which was still in the editing process.”

WHO-TV’s Keith Murphy reported late Tuesday night that King found out at 2:16 p.m. local time that Busch Light was severing ties with him and that the press conference he held wasn’t until 7 p.m., which appears to differ from Hunter’s claim that local television stations were the “first” to report about the tweets.

This also suggests that the tweets were brought to the beer company’s attention before King made public statements about them. And fingers were being pointed at the Register by critics.

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After the piece stirred up controversy on social media, critics then performed a “routine background check” on reporter Aaron Calvin’s social media footprint and found several insensitive tweets of his own.

In now-deleted tweets from 2010-2013, Calvin repeatedly used the N-word, and wrote posts attacking law enforcement like “f— all cops,” and in reaction to the legalization of gay marriage said he’s “totally going to marry a horse.”

Before locking his Twitter account, Calvin issued an apology for his own tweets.

“Hey just wanted to say that I have deleted previous tweets that have been inappropriate or insensitive. I apologize for not holding myself to the same standards as the Register holds others,” Calvin wrote.

The Register later tweeted that was “aware of reports of inappropriate social media posts” by Calvin and an “investigation has begun.”

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Calvin and the paper did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Despite the uproar, King defended the paper and its reporter.

“The Des Moines Register has been nothing but kind in all of their coverage, and I appreciate the reporter pointing out the post to me,” King tweeted. “I want everyone to understand that this was my decision to publicly address the posts and apologize. I believe that is the right thing to do.”

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Maryland pastor tells girl demons inside her provoked him to try to rape her: police

A Maryland pastor was arrested Saturday after allegedly attempting to rape a young girl in January while she was a member of his congregation, according to police.

Octavio Cantarero, 42, of Gaithersburg, Md., allegedly told the minor that demons inside her had provoked him to commit the offense.

Cantarero has been charged with attempted second-degree rape and other sexual offenses against a minor relating to the alleged incident at Pentecostal Principe De Paz Church where he is a pastor, Montgomery County Police said in a statement.

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Octavio Cantarero, 42, of Gaithersburg, Md., is accused of trying to rape a young girl who was staying in a room at his church. (Montgomery County Police)

Police say Cantarero told the underage female victim, whose age was not released, that she was “too young to live alone” and provided her with a room to stay in at the church after they first met.

The pastor allegedly brought the girl to the church on Jan. 16 and showed her a room with a bed in it where he allegedly said the two would spend the night. The girl reportedly said she woke up to Cantarero trying to rape her, but she resisted. Police say the pastor asked the girl not to tell anyone and offered to pay for her clothes, rent and school.

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The victim reported the alleged incident to police in May, prompting a Special Victims Division investigation by the department. Police issued a warrant for Cantarero’s arrest on Sept. 16 before he turned himself in Saturday. He is being held without bond.

Police are asking anyone who believes they or someone else may have been victimized by Cantarero to please call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

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Ingraham: Dems ‘incapable of putting the greater good’ ahead of Trump hatred

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Laura Ingraham blasted Democrats Tuesday after they launched a formalization of an impeachment inquiry, saying they are incapable of moving past their hatred of Trump.

“The most sickening thing is that House Democrats, they know impeachment, the whole inquiry, is futile,” Ingraham said Tuesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”  “The Senate Republican majority is not going to vote to convict the president.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi specifically charged Tuesday that the Trump administration had violated the law by not turning over a whistleblower complaint concerning Trump’s July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which the president is accused of pressing the foreign leader to ratchet up an inquiry into presidential contender Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Ingraham accused Democrats of working in opposition to what the American people want.

“And the country overwhelmingly doesn’t want impeachment. What I think most people do want is a continuation of what the president has already delivered America,” Ingraham said. “Peace and prosperity.”

The host argued Pelosi caving in to “the overzealous radicals” in her caucus could help President Trump “seal” his second term.

Ingraham accused Democrats of putting their own interests ahead of the American people.

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“The Democrats proved once again that they are incapable of putting the greater good of the country ahead of their own hatred of Trump and their thirst to regain power,” Ingraham said. “Pushing the nuclear button of impeachment. It’s an admission that they are not confident. Not in their ideas or in their candidates.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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2 Venezuelan men allegedly nabbed with $5M in gold bars at Florida airport: report

Two Venezuelan men were arrested in Florida Friday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said they found $5 million in gold bars in the small plane at a Florida airport, according to a report.

Jean Carlos Sanchez Rojas and Victor Fossi Grieco were taken into custody at Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport after CBP officers said they noticed loose rivets on the plane’s nose. They said they found about 230 pounds in gold bars inside, according to WTVJ.

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Jean Carlos Sanchez Rojas (left) and Victor Fossi Grieco  (Broward County Jail)

Neither had declared the gold with U.S. customs.

“Sanchez Rojas stated he knew the organization had smuggled gold previously into the U.S. and that he would receive a fee for his involvement with the gold smuggling,” a complaint read.

Sanchez Rojas allegedly said he had gotten the gold from various sources in Venezuela and planned to sell it in the U.S.

Fossi Grieco allegedly flew the plane that departed from Caracas.

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They are being held at the Broward County Jail, WTVJ reported.

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Boris Johnson tells the UN Brexit is like having one’s heart pecked out by an eagle for all eternity

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday equated his country’s impending departure from the European Union to having one’s heart pecked out by an eagle for all of eternity.

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday evening, Johnson used the Greek myth about the titan Prometheus to talk about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence. Zeus punishes Prometheus for stealing fire, a godlike technology, by chaining him to a mountain where his liver is pecked out by an eagle every night only to regrow during the day and be plucked out again.

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“This went on forever,” Johnson said, recounting the tale. “A bit like the experience of Brexit in the UK, if some of our Parliamentarians have their way.”

Johnson addressed a half-empty chamber around 10 p.m. following a tumultuous day receiving criticism back home for refusing to resign after the United Kingdom’s highest court ruled that he had broken the law by advising the Queen of England to suspend Parliament amid Brexit debate.

The embattled prime minister delivered the second-to-last speech at the UN Tuesday, taking the stage to discuss the challenges and potential of new technology. Johnson said he welcomes the benefits technology has brought to society in the past but warned it is “like nuclear power – it is capable of good and bad.”

He said future tech could also be used “to keep every citizen under round the clock surveillance.” “A future Alexa will pretend to take orders, but this Alexa will be watching you” and “your mattress will monitor your nightmares,” Johnson continued. He spoke of all information being stored in a “giant dark thunder cloud” of data waiting to burst and “we have no control over when precipitation will happen.”

“At stake is whether we bequeath an Orwellian world, designed for censorship, oppression and control,” Johnson said. “Or one of emancipation and learning.”

“The mission of the United Kingdom and all who share our values must be to ensure that emerging technologies are designed from the outset for freedom, openness and pluralism, with the right safeguards in place to protect to our peoples.”

During his speech, Johnson also invited delegates to a summit on responsible technology in London next summer. He boasted that London has the largest tech sector in all of Europe and is “a wonderful city” where “it is not raining, 94 percent of the time.”

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Johnson has been in New York since Monday. He met with world leaders Tuesday, including President Trump and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, the Telegraph reported.

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Chief Justice Roberts says Supreme Court nonpartisan

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U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday said that justices on the Supreme Court are not swayed by politics despite the current fraught political climate.

“When you live in a polarized political environment, people tend to see everything in those terms,” he told the audience at New York synagogue Temple Emanu-El Streicker, according to Reuters. “That’s not how we at the court function and the results in our cases do not suggest otherwise.”

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The courts have been criticized by President Trump for rulings against some of his policies and Democrats have complained the Supreme Court is becoming too conservative.

“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” a brief written last August by a handful of Democratic senators said regarding a firearms case. Roberts rebuked Trump last November when he complained about a ruling from an “Obama judge,” according to Reuters.

“A lot of criticism is based on a misperception of the court,” he said.

He pointed out that of the 19 5-4  Supreme Court decisions last term, seven were split along ideological lines, Reuters reported.

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Roberts is considered to be a moderate conservative who was appointed by George W. Bush in 2005.

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