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New saliva test a ‘huge step forward’; Birx urges Americans to wear masks indoors and outdoors

A sliver of help may be on the way for the relentless coronavirus testing issues hampering efforts to slow a U.S. death toll that inched toward 170,000 on Sunday.

The average number of daily tests across the nation has begun to fall, according to the COVID Tracking  Project. Delays sometimes stretching to a week or more in obtaining test results have severely disrupted efforts at contact tracing. And when results are finally obtained, accuracy issues have often delayed proper treatment.

This weekend, however, the Food and Drug Administration approved a saliva-based test that Yale University researchers hope will clean up some of those testing issues.

“This is a huge step forward to make testing more accessible,” said Chantal Vogels, a Yale postdoctoral fellow, who led the laboratory development and validation along with Doug Brackney, an adjunct assistant clinical professor. 

Here are some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has 

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Huge savings on bikes for kids of all ages

 Kids bike deals
Kids bike deals

Teaching your kids to ride a bike is a task that every parent will face, and there are multiple ways to go about it. 

Typically, the process consisted of a number of months using stabilisers followed by that unnerving-but-joyous day when the stabilisers came off. The invention of the balance bike put paid to that timeline for many households, allowing toddlers to master the coordination of steering before they’re tasked with pedalling. 

The balance bike method seems a much safer series of events, but it does come with the caveat that your first trip to the bike shop happens earlier than it otherwise would. This ultimately leads to an extra bike in the stable and an additional hole in your budget, albeit thankfully, a balance bike will be loose change in comparison to the bikes your kids are going to want when they grow up. 

Kids’ bikes,

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Beats Headphones Are on Huge Sale Everywhere Right Now

Photo credit: beats
Photo credit: beats

From Good Housekeeping

Just as students anticipate the new school year, Apple customers wait year-round to see if the technology brand will mark down any of its iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks to make room for newer models ahead.

Apple’s back-to-school offers for “education pricing” usually start around the beginning of the school year through the end of September, and are exclusive to only current students, teachers, faculty, and staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels. You can shop the sales if you’re currently a student, or parent of a student, or a faculty/staff member at a K-12 or higher-education institution. Here are the full details of Apple’s back-to-school deals happening now:

The Best Back-to-School Offers at Apple

All offers are valid online, in-store, at Apple-authorized campus stores, and over the phone at 1-800-MY-APPLE. In addition, Apple tends to reveal the newest iPhone generation during this time,

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Tesla has a huge lead over other automakers. See how the electric-car company’s brand became so mighty.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has built Tesla into one the most powerful brands in the world.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has built Tesla into one the most powerful brands in the world.

Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

In the car business, it’s often said that brands are grand, but products pay the bills. In other words, you can capture or retain customers with what your company stands for, but long-term, if you don’t have great vehicles, you’re going to have a problem.

For almost its entire history, more than 15 years, Tesla has inverted that wisdom. A few years ago, the carmaker was barely selling any vehicles relative to its global competitors. Last year, Tesla delivered only about 250,000 vehicles, while General Motors sold almost 8 million.

Investors have decided that this means Tesla should be worth $300 billion in market capitalization, more valuable than GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles combined — and topping Volkswagen and Toyota, the two biggest automakers on Earth.

Vehicle sales obviously

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Obesity crackdown on junk food adverts and supermarket checkouts a ‘huge step in right direction’

The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)
The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)

The government’s new obesity crackdown has been hailed as a “huge step in the right direction” by health campaigners.

Boris Johnson will unveil his strategy later on Monday, and it will include a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm and an end to confectionary displays in shop checkouts.

Overweight people will be asked to lose 5lb to help save the NHS £100m under the new proposals.

The plan is being announced after growing evidence of a link between obesity and an increased risk from COVID-19 – medical experts said coronavirus had been a “wake-up call” about the nation’s health.

The government says two-thirds of UK adults are above a healthy weight and that one in three children aged 10 to 11 are

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Obesity crackdown a ‘huge step in right direction’

The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)
The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)

The government’s new obesity crackdown has been hailed as a “huge step in the right direction” by health campaigners.

Boris Johnson will unveil his strategy later on Monday, and it will include a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm and an end to confectionary displays in shop checkouts.

Overweight people will be asked to lose 5lb to help save the NHS £100m under the new proposals.

The plan is being announced after growing evidence of a link between obesity and an increased risk from COVID-19 – medical experts said coronavirus had been a “wake-up call” about the nation’s health.

The government says two-thirds of UK adults are above a healthy weight and that one in three children aged 10 to 11 are

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A ‘huge moment’ for police reform that could reshape Black communities for generations

After years of fighting for incremental progress in the White House and the halls of Congress, police-reform activist Nkechi Taifa finds herself leapfrogged by protesters in the streets calling to “defund the police” and reimagine law enforcement across the country.

It’s a position she never expected to find herself in. And she’s not complaining.

“It’s a huge moment. Two months ago, three months ago, four months ago, when we were talking about reform, we were dealing with piecemeal issues,” she says. “Little did we know that the activists in the streets would take some of (the) things we’ve been saying for years and go much further, be much bolder.” 

Across the country, street protests and confrontations that erupted following the May 25 death of George Floyd after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes have prompted a broad and lasting discussion about the state

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