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Wednesday September 16th, 2020 night edition

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Scientific American has endorsed Joe Biden for president, the first time the venerable science magazine has backed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history.

The endorsement was published in Scientific American’s October issue, in which the magazine’s editors explained their reasons for publicly supporting Biden, adding that they “do not do this lightly.”.

They said they were motivated to endorse Biden after seeing how science has been ignored and politicized by President Donald Trump and his administration.

“The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people — because he rejects evidence and science,” the editors wrote in the endorsement.

They cited, in particular, the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 195,000 Americans and continues to be a public health emergency.

They added that Trump’s many attacks on science and the scientific agencies designed to protect the country guided their decision to endorse a presidential candidate for the first time.

“We urge you to vote for health, science and Joe Biden for President. »

Hackers Connected to China Have Compromised U.S. Government Systems, CISA says

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The advisory lists tactics, techniques and procedures employed by Chinese MSS-affiliated cyber actors that CISA has observed over the past year.

“CISA observed activity from a Federal Government IP address beaconing out to the threat actors’ [command and control] server.”.

“In some cases, cyber threat actors have used the same vulnerabilities to compromise multiple organizations across many sectors,” CISA said. »

The climate refugees are here. They're Americans.

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The 2020 wildfire season in California is already the most destructive in the state's history — exceeding the record set in 2018, which in turn beat the record set in 2017.

Experts agree that rising temperatures from climate change have turned much of the region into dry kindling, ready to spark in an instant.

In the meantime, many evacuees are sheltering "in an assortment of RVs, cars, and tents." »

Spiking U.S. gun sales deluge FBI's background check system, cause delays

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Gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety obtained FBI data through a Freedom of Information Act request.

If an FBI background check takes longer than three business days, a gun dealer can sell the firearm to a buyer, under current regulations.

When asked in April about the spike in background checks caused by increased gun sales, the FBI said its system was “operational and will continue to process requests.”. »

The Arctic Is Shifting to a New Climate Because of Global Warming

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Already, they said, sea ice in the Arctic has declined so much that even an extremely cold year would not result in as much ice as was typical decades ago.

The Arctic is among the parts of the world most influenced by climate change, with sharply rising temperatures, thawing permafrost and other effects in addition to shrinking sea ice.

“Everybody knows the Arctic is changing,” said Dr. Landrum, a climate scientist and the lead author of the study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change. »