Things you should know today: 11/28/18


Scientist claiming gene-edited babies reports 2nd pregnancy

He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, center, speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 28. He made his first public comments about his claim to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Chinese scientist Hi Jiankui claimed at an international conference on Nov. 28 he has genetically engineered babies to be immune to AIDS, with the second pregnancy underway. Genetic engineering is controversial among leading scientists, and many criticize Jiankui’s decision to prevent AIDS, a preventable disease.

World faces ‘impossible’ task at post-Paris climate talks

In this file photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, a passenger airliner flies past steam and white smoke emitted from China Huaneng Group’s Beijing power plant that was the last coal-fired plant to shut down on March 18, 2017 as the Chinese capital convert to clean energy like thermal power. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

World leaders are meeting in Katowice, Poland, from Dec. 2-14 to clarify the details of the 2015 Paris global climate deal. Island countries that experience global warming effects are likely to support ambitious measures to prevent climate change. However, larger countries including the U.S., Brazil and Australia, are not expected to continue their previous support of the deal.

Texas detention camp for teen migrants keeps growing

In this Nov. 25 photo provided by Ivan Pierre Aguirre, migrant teens held inside the Tornillo detention camp run at the facility in Tornillo, Texas. The Trump administration announced in June 2018 that it would open the temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers – and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent. (Ivan Pierre Aguirre via AP)

A detention center in Tornillo, Texas, which was originally designed to house 360 immigrant teenagers, is now home to 2,324 boys and girls ages 13 to 17. Most of the teens crossed the border alone to meet family in the U.S. The facility staff members have not received FBI fingerprint background checks; the department waived background check requirements.

Piano Guys release ‘Million Dreams’ video

The Piano Guys’ new “A Million Dreams” music video shows a young Jon Schmidt, played by Milo Allman, as a custodian who dreams of performing onstage. The video was filmed at the Tuacahn Outdoor Theater in southern Utah, where Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson first performed together.

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