11.7.2022

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Need To Know
 

Election Eve

Voters in the US head to the polls tomorrow, casting ballots in one of the most contested midterm elections in recent memory. 

 

Projections suggest momentum has shifted to Republicans in the closing weeks of campaigning. The GOP must flip a single seat in the Senate to retake the majority. Tight races include Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, among others. Pennsylvania—which saw two former presidents join rallies over the weekend—is an open race to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey's (R) seat. Questions abound around the accuracy of current polling; see a comparison between current polls and their accuracy in 2020 here. 

 

In the House, analysts say Republicans appear poised to retake their first majority since 2018. With 218 seats needed to assume control, the GOP currently holds 212 seats and leads in a pair of elections for vacant seats. See a breakdown of toss-up districts here.

 

Historically, the party that holds the White House averages a loss of 28 House seats and four Senate seats during midterm cycles (see data). Find your nearest polling location here.

 

Astros on Top

The Houston Astros won the 2022 World Series Saturday night, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six by a score of 4-1. The championship-clinching victory came on the back of a sixth-inning, three-run homer by Yordan Álvarez that traveled 450 feet out center field (watch here). 

 

The win marks the second Astros' World Series championship in franchise history, having won their first in 2017 (though it was marked by a sign-stealing scandal). It also caps a dominant stretch for Houston, who finished with the second-best regular season record (106-56) and swept both the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees en route to the championship. Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña became just the third rookie to be named World Series MVP. 

 

Dusty Baker, who played in the league for 19 seasons and has coached five teams across three decades, won his first championship as a manager. See photos from the celebration here.

 

India Under Smog

Smog in New Delhi, India, reached hazardous levels late last week, as the air quality index hit over 400 on multiple days—10 times the World Health Organization's target level. Many schools, factories, and construction sites closed Friday out of health concerns.

 

India regularly tops the list of most polluted countries due to a mix of geographic- and human-caused factors. Cool, windless days in winter exacerbate the country's greenhouse gas emissions, with cold air keeping particulates close to the ground. On top of vehicular, industrial, and energy pollutants, annual agricultural burnings in the country's north—a practice meant to speed up the clearing of ground to plant winter crops—compound the area's poor air quality. An estimated 1.6 million people die every year in India due to complications from air pollution. 

 

The pollution crisis comes as the United Nations' annual climate change conference begins in Egypt, where climate change compensation to developing countries is on the agenda for the first time

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Aaron Carter, singer and child star, found dead at age 34 (More) | Dolly Parton, Eminem, and Duran Duran headline 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees (More)

> College basketball regular season tips off today; see women's season preview (More) | ... and preview of the men's side (More)

> Los Angeles FC edge Philadelphia Union in penalty kicks to win 2022 MLS Cup (More) | Kenya's Sharon Lokedi and Evans Chebet win New York City Marathon (More)

 

Science & Technology

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> Children's hospitals continue to report surging rates of respiratory syncytial virus; four of the top 10 states are in the Midwest, though state-by-state data remain incomplete (More) | What is RSV? (More)

> Astronomers discover the closest black hole to Earth observed to date; Gaia BH1 is located roughly 1,600 light-years away, about three times closer than the previous nearest neighbor (More)

> Engineers demonstrate aerogel made out of egg whites capable of filtering salt and microplastics from seawater (More) | Desalination 101 (More)

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Business & Markets

> US stock markets close higher Friday (S&P 500 +1.4%, Dow +1.3%, Nasdaq +1.3%) but end lower for the week (More) | Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sees earnings increase 20% over last year (More

> Twitter rolls out Twitter Blue service; users can pay $7.99 per month and receive blue check mark (More)

> Sean “Diddy” Combs to acquire cannabis operations in multiple states for up to $185M (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Police in Peru use tear gas as thousands protest embattled President Pedro Castillo's one-year tenure amid steep cost-of-living spike; Castillo subject of six criminal investigations (More)

> At least 19 dead after passenger flight misses runway and crashes into Lake Victoria in Tanzania (More) | Italy closes ports to charity-run ships carrying hundreds of migrants, begins new process of limiting acceptance to the "vulnerable" (Read)

> Two dead, dozens hurt after tornadoes rip through parts of Texas and Oklahoma over the weekend; hundreds of buildings flattened (More

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Etcetera
 

Visualizing how South Korea's Halloween disaster happened.

 

An interactive tour of Giza's Great Pyramid

 

Seven in 10 US adults say voting makes society better

 

Stunning photos of thirsty African wildlife

 

The new technology looking to eliminate potholes

 

Rangers paintball wolves to make them less tame

 

Powerball jackpot hits new $1.9B record

 

Two water skiing squirrels. (via Instagram)

 

Clickbait: Christmas rolled in early in London this year

 

Historybook: Nobel Prize-winning physicist and chemist Marie Curie born (1867); Jeannette Rankin becomes first woman elected to US congress (1916); Evangelist Billy Graham born (1918); Eleanor Roosevelt dies (1962); Magic Johnson announces HIV-positive diagnosis (1991).

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