Day: September 10, 2020

It’s 2020. Why can’t we vote with our phones?

Technology has come a long way since voting began in the 18th century, but the way we vote remains largely the same. Despite the fact that we all walk around with tiny, incredibly powerful computers in our pockets, online voting is not widely available and most peoplein the United States stillvote by showing up at their polling place, waiting in line, and putting pen to a paper ballot. The lack of innovation and technological advancement in voting has never felt more pressing than in 2020, with a global pandemic keeping vulnerable populations cooped up and concerns about the reliability of mail-in ballots due to a lack of funding for the Postal Service.

The United States has been trying to figure out internet voting since 2000, when Congress gave the Department of Defense the go-ahead to explore the technologyfor use by overseas military members. The DOD decided to kill the project

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Take a hike! The beginner’s guide to rambling

Anna Magee takes a break by the Thames - Christopher Pledger
Anna Magee takes a break by the Thames – Christopher Pledger

I love yoga. Well, I loved yoga when I could do it in a room full of sweaty people. Breathing and stretching together, the Buddha bowl chimes, the candles – I couldn’t help but feel a sense of connection to something bigger than myself and emerge in a better mood.

But now, I’m not so keen on people exhaling deeply in a room beside me, even a polite metre’s distance away. So I have ventured out and started hiking – just because there was so little else allowed in lockdown. There were no oms or downward dogs, but I got a similar sense of connection, and bucketloads of feelgood endorphins. Turns out, I’m not alone.

Everyone wants to go hiking

More Britons have taken to hiking the outdoors since the onset of the pandemic. Since February, use of Ordnance

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Face masks pick perilous path from health protector to fashion accessory

<span>Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

At the Venice Film Festival the actor Tilda Swinton pulled out an ornate gold design face mask and wore it on the red carpet, just like she would have with a statement clutch bag or a must-have piece of jewellery.

The mask was not entirely pandemic-approved – on Instagram the designer James Merry said the custom-made piece was inspired by “stingray skeletons, seaweed and orchids” – but it was symbolic of a bigger shift: the world of high fashion is finally allowing itself to embrace the coronavirus face mask.

Last week also saw Lady Gaga light up the static VMA awards show with a parade of highly fashion-conscious masks. There was the bubblegum pink one from Cecilio Castrillo (a muzzle which resembled the facehugger from Alien), a horned one from Lance Victor Moore, a futuristic one designed by Smooth Technology and then when accepting an award

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How Finding The Romance In Pre-Orders Will Save Fashion (And The World)

Photo credit: Jim Marsden, Justin French
Photo credit: Jim Marsden, Justin French

From Esquire

Why was Christmas as a kid so great? Was it opening the presents lying underneath the tree come Christmas morning, or was it the steady build-up of excitement and anticipation that started from 1 December? This notion of waiting impatiently for something special is arguably lost in today’s consumer culture. To keep up with Amazon Prime and our greedy appetite to have things immediately, brands now need to offer some form of express delivery. This has had a profound effect on the fashion industry and even worse, our environment. More deliveries means more planes, trains and automobiles guzzling fuel, desperately hurrying to make their quoted drop-off time. More packaging for all the items being delivered and more returns from unhappy customers.

To tackle the constant demand for products from increasingly popular e-commerce platforms (sorry high street), brands will do their best to

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Scarcity of key material squeezes medical mask manufacturing

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Rachel Spray is still grieving the loss of her fellow nurse who died after being exposed to the novel coronavirus at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center. Now, as she stands in front of the gleaming glass and concrete hospital, she says she “dreads going in there” and fears she’ll be next.

That’s because like those in many U.S. hospitals, management is rationing supplies, she says, keeping medical-grade masks under lock and key.

White House officials say U.S. hospitals have all the medical supplies needed to battle the deadly virus, but frontline health care workers, hospital officials and even the Food and Drug Administration say shortages persist. Critical shortfalls of medical N95 respirators — commonly referred to as N95 masks — and other protective gear started in March, when the pandemic hit New York. Pressure on the medical supply chain continues today, and in “many ways things

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Counterfeits Soar as Ath-leisure Dominates Online Quarantine Purchases

As consumers settled in at home due to quarantine, online sales of activewear and sporting equipment have notably come out on top. According to Allied Market Research, the global activewear market is now expected to be worth nearly $547 billion by 2024.

Further, a new survey conducted by Red Points, the brand protection firm, found on average consumers have spent $265 more on sporting gear and equipment during quarantine than they otherwise would have. The survey also revealed half of consumers have purchased counterfeit items within the category, both purposefully and accidentally.

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Of those who purchased counterfeit items within the sporting goods category the company fund nearly 30 percent had purchased cardio equipment, 22 percent purchased yoga and flexing equipment and 19 percent purchased apparel and accessories.

“I was shocked by 50 percent of people buying counterfeits and secondarily shocked that almost 30 percent bought it knowingly,”

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How COVID-19 is fueling a new wave of Bay Area transplants to the Sacramento region

Jesse and Shanni Burke were working on their laptops a few feet apart in their cramped Silicon Valley apartment this spring, sweltering without air conditioning, when it dawned on them.

The coronavirus pandemic that was virtually imprisoning them in their tiny downtown San Jose walk-up also offered an unexpected escape option. No longer tethered to the office, they could live almost anywhere outside the pricey Bay Area and keep their jobs.

Last week, the couple moved into a 2,700-square-foot home on a leafy street in the suburban Sacramento community of Fair Oaks. It’s their first home purchase. They’ll turn two of the four bedrooms into his and hers offices. And they plan to add a gym and a backyard pool.

“Because of COVID, we didn’t want to be stuck in a tiny space,” Shanni, a 34-year-old tech worker, said. “But we knew there was no way we could afford in

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Inside University of Illinois’ massive COVID-19 testing operation

As schools attempt to bring students back to school safely, a game-changer might come out of central Illinois.

The University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus has one of the most aggressive COVID-19 testing protocols among institutions of higher education in the country, as it aims to keep students on campus during the pandemic this fall.

Twice a week, the university tests all students residing on or off campus and employees who report to university facilities using a noninvasive saliva test created by the research institution. That has amounted to as many as 15,000 or 17,000 tests administered in one day — more tests than most universities with on-campus learning have completed since the start of the pandemic, and what a smaller institution testing all its students might handle in a month.

In the last week of August, the university accounted for nearly 20% of all tests reported in Illinois, according to

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AstraZeneca vaccine could still be ready by year-end, CEO says

AstraZeneca should know before the end of the year whether its experimental vaccine can protect people from COVID-19 if trials that were paused after a participant became ill resume, chief executive Pascal Soriot said Thursday.

“If the review by the safety committee allowed us to restart the trial, I still think we are on track for having a set of data that we would submit before the end of the year,” Soriot said at an online event hosted by Britain’s Tortoise Media about the future of the world after the pandemic.

AstraZeneca is working with the U.K.’s University of Oxford on a coronavirus vaccine that had until recently shown promising results.

On Tuesday, officials announced that the trial would be put on hold after one study participant in the U.K. reportedly developed a spinal cord injury.

“What happened here is not uncommon,” Soriot said. “The process is always in vaccine

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What To Do If You Recently Started Having Thoughts Of Self-Harm

We’re in the midst of a mental health crisis, with the traumas of this year building on troubles Americans already faced. The coronavirus pandemic and the national reckoning with racial injustice have led to painful emotional and behavioral struggles ― including thoughts of self-harm, according to recent data.

Like most mental health issues, thoughts and behaviors around self-harm exist on a spectrum, said Racine Henry, a therapist and owner of Sankofa Marriage and Family Therapy in New York.

“Thoughts of self-harm can be as subtle as ‘I wonder how my friends would react if I wasn’t alive anymore’ and as blatant as hiding self-inflicted wounds,” she said.

There’s also a difference between suicidality and non-suicidal self-injury ― that is, hurting yourself and/or having thoughts of self-harm. Both should be addressed.

“Self-harm is an unhealthy coping method that can be fatal but it is not always intended to be such. Someone

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