October 15, 2020 News Summary
Updated: Oct 17, 2020
US Politics and Economics
As the second presidential debate has been canceled, President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are expected to hold their own separate “town hall” events at 8 PM. The two nominees will be competing for a larger TV audience; Biden is expected to appear on ABC while Trump is expected to appear on NBC. Due to government guidelines, the event will be held outside, and many officials both in and out of the Trump campaign are confident that the event will not become a superspreader like that of the ceremony nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. As a precaution, social distancing practices are in place and many attending will wear masks.
After the first day of early voting, Texas has surpassed more than 1 million voters. Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, tells Houston Chronicle, “‘It shows there is tremendous energy in the country and in Texas.” Harris County had the most voters at around 170,000 in-person and mail-in ballots. Various other counties such as Dallas County, Bexar County, and El Paso County also had high voter turnout, with around 90,000, 78,000, and 34,000 votes, respectively.
According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of October 15, 2020, 12:21 PM, there are over 7.89 million cases and 216k deaths nationwide. California leads with the most infections at 855k, and Texas follows by a total of 805k cases.
(CNBC) Top officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Wednesday that healthy, younger people may not be able to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine until 2022. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO’s chief scientist, asserts that the elderly and high-risk workers ought to be vaccinated first.
Science and Technology
In a study published in Quantum Information Processing, scientists from Tokyo University of Science developed a new quantum circuit that executes the "quantum fast Fourier transform,” and its implementation may increase computational speed. Enhanced speed, an advantage of quantum computing, implies that this QFFT circuit is in the right direction.
Through Twitter, space scientists have answered questions concerning outer space from six fourth-grade children. One of the kids, Alicia, asks, “What fuel does a spaceship use?” A space scientist answered, “...All different types! Some popular rockets that you'll see will use a fuel + an oxidizer. For example, something called RP-1 and then liquid oxygen. These are combined together and then *ignited* and burned to create a big (controlled) explosion that moves the rocket!”
CNN reports that Barnes and Noble have undergone a security breach. Besides financial information, hackers accessed customers’ emails and other personal information. CNN details, “Although not worth much to hackers on their own, personally identifying data like addresses, phone numbers, names, and email addresses are valuable on the black market. It can be combined with other information, including credit card information and Social Security numbers, to create full profiles of people. Hackers can use that information to steal people's identities and money.”
Southeast US Weather
(Atlantic) Of the two remaining disturbances, one has almost a 0% chance of forming, while the other has 20%. However, if either of them forms in their current positions, they will cause damage to the nearby land.
(Pacific) Tropical depression Norbert has dissipated off of the coast of Mexico, leaving the Pacific today with no disturbances or storms.
(Local) Chances of rain are at 90% tonight. From next Monday to Wednesday, there will be scattered clouds, increasing the chances of precipitation to 50%.
US Politics and Economics: Dylan, Miranda, Caleb, and Annabelle
Texas Politics: Stephanie, Vicki, and Megan
Health: Matthew, David, and Owen
Science and Technology: Bryan, Yiqi, Amelia, and Joseph L.
Southeast US Weather: Jade, Aiden, and Simon
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