What kind of COVID mask was Nick Saban wearing?

Emilee Geist

News of Alabama Coach Nick Saban’s positive COVID-19 test result on Wednesday put scrutiny on the most visible aspect of his personal routine to avoid the virus – his mask.

According to Andrews Sports Medicine, Saban wears a SHEMA97 Functional Active Mask, which goes for less than $15 online.

According to the company, the mask uses nano fabric technology and a micro dustproof fabric with a 97.1% fine dust filter rate, filtering particles down to 1 micron. It has three layers that are sewn together into one.

Alabama is one of several SEC teams, including Auburn, which uses the mask, which was designed in part by Dana Marquez, associate athletics director of equipment operations at Auburn University. Marquez helped design the mask along with the North American Group, based in Atlanta. The mask is manufactured by SHEMA, a South Korean company that has been making masks for years.

Marquez said

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25 tips for navigating the internet today

Emilee Geist

The internet continues to become more complex, and the changing social norms and constant scam threats can exhaust even canny users. Stacker compiled a list of 25 tips you can use each day to stay safe, avoid scams, and keep your personal information personal—along with some security specifics and search tips. The best tips from public agencies and portals like USA.gov, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Grants.gov, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and the FBI were combined; the most recommended tips are saved for last. 

Some of these tips may seem obvious, but changing internet norms and the move to smartphones has reset many people’s sense of what’s safe to do or not. Instead of just wild and clearly fake email scams, the internet is full of shiny, professional-looking sites that look exactly like where you planned to buy your concert tickets. On social

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Oxford University unveils Covid test that can detect virus in less than five minutes

Emilee Geist

Oxford University has unveiled a new Covid-19 test that is capable of detecting the virus in less than five minutes through artificial intelligence analysis of throat swabs.

Its creators said the technology could be used to provide rapid tests at public venues such as airports.

They said the test is able to distinguish between Sars-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, from negative clinical samples. It is also able to tell it apart from other viruses such as flu and seasonal human coronaviruses, according to a study.

The design team hope to begin manufacture of the test at the start of 2021 and make it widely available by the summer.

Working directly on throat swabs from Covid-19 patients without the need for genome extraction, purification or amplification of the viruses, the method starts with the rapid labelling of virus particles in the sample with short fluorescent DNA strands.

A microscope is

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Online furniture segment sees sudden spurt in growth post COVID-19

Emilee Geist



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Online furniture segment sees sudden spurt in growth post COVID-19


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Online furniture segment sees sudden spurt in growth post COVID-19

Constituting merely 3 per cent of the organised furniture market in India, the online furniture industry has emerged as one of the fastest-growing e-commerce segments in the country. While the segment has been growing at 35-40 per cent for the past five years, the pandemic COVID-19 has resulted in a sudden upsurge.

“Two megatrends driving the demand for online furniture were the increased digitisation and growing share of urban millennials. However, in today’s scenario, with people spending a significantly substantial time indoors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in the demand of various home improvement products – especially over the last couple of months,” says Rakesh Kaul, CEO & Whole Time Director, Somany Home Innovation Limited (SHIL).

Growth trajectory

The pandemic has given rise to new market trends and helping

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H&M And The Ellen Macarthur Foundation Rethink Denim Design And Production In A Move Towards Circularity | State

Emilee Geist

NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A pair of jeans is likely the most common garment that we can find in any wardrobe around the world. In order to transform the way jeans are made today, last year the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative defined how denim design and production could fit into circular economy principles, through durability, recyclability and responsible use of resources. As a result of the participation in this visionary project, H&M will launch a remarkable men’s denim collection inspired by natural simplicity. H&M Jeans Redesign launches October 15th and will be available in select stores worldwide and online at hm.com.

There are three jean styles, two jackets, an overshirt, tote bag and a bucket hat – all made from denim with a modern workwear vibe – in a color palette of light grey, washed black, mid-blues and deep indigo. The collection

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Priya Khanchandani and Daniel Charny in conversation

Emilee Geist

For both Priya Khanchandani and Daniel Charny, the past six months have been equally challenging and eventful.

Having contracted Covid-19 in March, the former spent much of lockdown recovering; and when she took on her recent role at The Design Museum, was initially working virtually with her new colleagues. She was overjoyed to eventually visit the museum’s current Electronic music exhibition, which she describes as ‘so energising’.

Charny, meanwhile, was teaching on the Design for Emergent Futures course at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona, ‘but the students were sitting at home in Doha, in Texas, in Girona and in Greece’. Alongside other projects, he has concurrently been continuing his remarkable work with Fixperts, a free international workshop programme that challenges young people to solve everyday problems through design. They’ve had great success in the UK, training hundreds of teachers, many of whom are now using Fixperts

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Things to do in Spokane: Oct. 16-23

Emilee Geist

Pride Stride – Choose 5k or 10k to run, walk, dance or strut at your own pace, anytime through Oct. 31. A portion of each registration entry fee will support local LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations. Register at spokanepride.org/spokanepride. Presented by Spokane Pride. $39.95.

Colville Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – An 11-acre corn maze and 3-acre pumpkin patch. Open daily through Oct. 31. Weekends 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; weekdays 4 p.m. to dusk. Maze tickets are $8 for children 13 and older and adults; $6 for children ages 5-12; free for children 4 and younger. Pumpkins vary in price from $1-$8. For more information visit colvillecornmaze.com. 73 Oakshot Road, Colville. (509) 684-6751.

Community Center Estate Sale – High quality treasures and bargain prices benefiting the Southside Community Center. Every Saturday through Oct. 31, 10 a.m-2 p.m. Masks and social distancing required and temperatures taken. Southside Senior and Community Center, 3151 E. 27th

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Vivaldi’s Web Browser Now Includes an 80s Cyberpunk Arcade Game

Emilee Geist

(Photo: Vivaldi)

It’s hard to make new versions of a web browser stand out and worth talking about, but Vivaldi has managed to do so by building an arcade game into its browser.

Version 3.4 of Vivaldi is now available for both desktop and Android users, and it includes a number of new and desirable features. For desktop users, it’s now possible to configure the context menus to your liking by adding custom links. There’s also a feature called Periodic Reload, which allows you to automatically reload a site in a tab at intervals between one and 30 minutes. That way, you can always ensure you’re seeing the latest version of key websites.

Then there’s the small matter of an arcade game built into the browser:

The game is called Vivaldia and described as “a real 80s arcade-style game built into the browser.” It’s playable both in the desktop browser

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Covid-19 Vaccine: How Online Gamers Could Help Speed It Up

Emilee Geist

Sinovac’s potential Covid-19 vaccine. 

Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images AsiaPac

Quickly vaccinating billions of people around the globe against Covid-19 is going to be an endeavor like no other in human history. What could make it even more difficult is that some of the leading contenders — mRNA

 vaccines — have a very short shelf life: They have to be stored and shipped at temperatures as low as minus 80 degrees Celsius (minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit).

The private sector, as well as the U.S. military, is trying to figure out how to manage that feat. But there’s another possibility — and it relies on thousands of people

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Barmy Christmas food from 2-metre pigs in blankets to chicken doughnuts and sprout vodka

Emilee Geist

The nation may be fearful that Christmas will be a no, no, no this year but food and drinks makers are planning to put the ho,ho,ho back with a range of barmy products.

From two-metre long pigs in blankets and chicken doughnut dippers to novelty Percy Pig mince pies and sherry and balsamic vinegar Christmas puds, supermarkets and online retailers are planning to turn the festive holiday into a cracker.

So whether we’re still bound by the rule of six or banned from mixing with other households, here’s a taste of what will be on offer in stores and online to cheer us all up and make it a very merry Quirk-mas.

Savoury delights

Aldi is launching a decadent pulled pork and panchetta cracker

Collection Beef and Bone marrow Pie (1.2kg), £20, Marks & Spencer

Comic book legend Desperate Dan would be

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