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New York will require certain out-of-state travelers to quarantine upon arrival. A New York Times/Siena College poll found that voters widely rejected President Trump’s response to the pandemic.

The latest on stock market and business news during the coronavirus outbreak.

Some states and counties are delaying and even reversing reopenings as virus cases mount in the South and West. Experts say more opening and closing could go on for months.

As mass infections strike even in places that had seemed to tame the coronavirus, officials are turning to targeted and fast-but-flexible approaches to stop third or fourth waves.

A married pair of virologists in Moscow tested a vaccine on their own children in the 1950s. Now, a side effect they found is sparking new hope for a defense against the coronavirus.

“We are running out of options here,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, referring to the economic impact of the outbreak. “That is the blunt truth.”

See the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States with detailed maps of cases by county.

The three white men accused of killing Mr. Arbery, a black man who was chased while jogging in their neighborhood, were each indicted on nine counts, including felony murder.

Blocks from where George Floyd drew his last breaths, residents have vowed to avoid the police to protect people of color. The commitment is hard to keep.

Rather than tear down statues, some argue that the past should not be obliterated, but remembered and explained.

"We are still in the first wave," Gov. Gavin Newsom said. "We are not in the second wave. This is still the first wave."

If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, it's smart to pack along a reliable bug spray or bug repellent. Here are the best on the market.

These iconic properties (including a castle in the desert and America's largest private home) may inspire you to take a road trip around the country.

Giant squids are elusive creatures that inhabit the deep ocean, which makes them hard to study — unless one washes ashore.

A good laundry detergent will efficiently clean your clothes. These are the best laundry detergents, including unscented, powder, natural, and more.

Those behind the $100 million proposal think new car-free bridges would help New York City accommodate a flood of new cyclists and pedestrians.

Rising heat and shrinking ice are opening the Arctic to more ships, but those changes also have implications for resources on which countries depend.

You can add profiles to HBO Max from the "Switch Profiles" screen that appears in the mobile app's "Profile" menu.

The company Venntel aggregates location data from smartphone apps including games and weather apps. It then sells that data to clients like the FBI.

Two Justice Department officials testified that Attorney General William Barr interfered in politically charged cases for personal reasons.

Democrats may prevent the Scott bill from a debate or amendment.

The data don’t show racial bias in police use of deadly force. A few viral videos don’t prove otherwise.

‘I see in him the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race from all the malign, reactionary, social, and political elements that would whelm them in destruction.’

The ‘summer of love’ turns into ‘mayhem beyond mayhem.’

Students debate toppling monuments and renaming buildings that honor historical figures.

New Zealand and the U.S. are opposites, but neither had a plan for the pandemic.

His limits on foreign workers will send more U.S. jobs overseas.

Are owners liable for bites? Depends on the pooch’s personality.

Majorities of voters of both parties support measures to hold officers accountable.

Black Lives Matter would do well to remind whites that they can be victims, too.

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China Telecom and China Mobile among groups named in effort to deter US investment in them

Announcement of longer target list of products deepens trade tensions between Washington and Brussels

Economic impact of virus triggers homecoming flood but many left stranded, ILO warns

Recovery more gradual than previously expected as government finances take strain

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It’s hard to see either Democrats or Republicans standing by as Washington quietens its usually powerful voice to a whisper

Policymakers must encourage investment in new businesses and jobs

Texas' governor is urging people to stay home amid a surge in coronavirus cases, with some health officials calling for a stricter stay-at-home order.

As European countries prepare to reopen their borders to international travel, US travelers may be banned from entering. CNN's Richard Quest explains why the EU is considering blocking travelers from the US as US Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

"From day one of the organization of the Adria Tour, we've been following the rules and the measures that have been regulated by government institutions and health public institutions," Novak Djokovic said last week before the Croatia leg of Adria, a tennis tournament he'd organized for charity. "We've been through all these processes and the result of it all was amazing."

CNN's David Culver goes into a mass coronavirus testing site in Beijing as the capital city tries to maintain control over the most recent Covid-19 outbreak.

President Donald Trump flew to one of the emerging epicenters of the coronavirus -- Arizona -- on Tuesday to speak to a conservative student group called Turning Point USA.

President Donald Trump's 200th judicial nominee was confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday, marking a significant milestone in a presidency that has tilted the federal judiciary in a conservative direction for decades to come.

The three men accused in the February 23 shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery were indicted Wednesday by a grand jury, a district attorney said.

Attorney General William Barr is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in late July, a Department of Justice spokesperson has announced.

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Stocks dropped sharply on Thursday as investors worry about a second coronavirus wave. Five experts weigh in.

"It's almost as if people decided Covid is over. It's a 'V-shaped' rally, and you better get on board," CNBC's Jim Cramer said Monday.

Trump called out Warren Buffett in a White House address and said the billionaire investor's decision to sell airline stocks was a mistake.

Dow futures rise again Thursday ahead of weekly data that's expected to push coronavirus-driven jobless claims to over 40 million.

Dow futures extend their gains and point to a 650-point jump at Monday's open after positive coronavirus vaccine results.

Warren Buffett's call that "nothing can basically stop America" may be driving interest in U.S.-based exchange-traded funds, says State Street's Matthew Bartolini.

"People used to lambaste Jeff Bezos for not being profitable, but when you looked under the hood, he was the single best investor of our generation," Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya told CNBC.

David Trainer, CEO of Investment Research Firm New Constructs, sees three prime picks in some of the hardest-hit areas of Wall Street.

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris said he would buy airlines, going against fellow billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who announced that Berkshire Hathaway sold all airline stocks at the firm's annual meeting on Saturday.

Warren Buffett has exited the airlines, but one trader says there could be pockets of opportunity elsewhere in the travel space.

The big off-pricer believes its physical stores are more than enough to keep itself and its customers happy but you have to think they are missing the bigger picture

Netflix premieres bonus ninth episode of 'Lenox Hill' entitled "Pandemic" that follows healthcare workers during this unprecedented crisis.

WWE has reportedly had "multiple people" within the company test positive for Covid-19.

The Sussexes will reportedly share an agency with heavy-hitters like the Obamas, the Clintons and Oprah Winfrey.

Arbery, a 25-year-old unarmed Black man, was chased down and killed while he jogged through a neighborhood in February.

On the verge of the Covid recession, U.S. households approaching retirement had saved more, claimed Social Security late and worked more than earlier generations of near-retirees.

A total of 22 states are either at risk of an outbreak or already facing one.

The Williams F1 team has got enough funding to take it into 2021 according to a person familiar with the negotiations over the sale of a stake in the famous British squad.

An increasing number of states are moving to make face masks mandatory as U.S. coronavirus infection rates reach new highs.

In their first year of eligibility, wingers Jarome Iginla and Marian Hossa lead the six-member class of the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame. Defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, goaltender Kim St-Pierre and builder Ken Holland were also announced as inductees on Wednesday.

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Disney drops 4% as a rise in US virus cases prompts outcry over reopening plans.

The travel firms blame service cuts on falling demand and difficulties implementing protection measures.

Owner Greg Glassman stepped down as chief executive earlier this month.

The CMA says the Amazon-Deliveroo deal will not adversely affect customers.

More than 4,500 jobs could be lost at the ground handling firm due to coronavirus effects on air travel.

The International Monetary Fund lowers its economic forecast for this year and next, with Europe facing a big hit.

The UK's largest steelmaker is reportedly seeking a bailout worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

Gym bosses call decision not to reopen indoor sports facilities on 4 July "extremely disappointing".

Pubs and hairdressers are among the places which will be allowed to reopen in England from 4 July.

Naked Wines and Mr Kipling-maker Premier Foods see revenues jump amid stockpiling and home cooking demand.

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Jenny Slate is stepping down from her role as Missy on the hit Netflix series Big Mouth.

Slate, who is a white, Jewish woman, has voiced the character since Big Mouth launched in 2017. But Missy is biracial, with a white, Jewish mother and a Black father. In her statement explaining the departure, posted on Instagram, Slate directly addresses the issue.

"At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play 'Missy' because her mom is Jewish and White – as am I. But 'Missy' is also Black, and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people," the statement reads. Read more...

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In an otherwise resoundingly terrible year, 2020 did give us the only thing anyone can count on anymore, which is television (for now anyway, before covid-19 production delays catch up with forthcoming release dates).

From Netflix to Hulu to HBO Max, 2020 might well have turned your love affair with streaming into a full-time committed relationship. As the world starts to open up, it's tempting to go back to life as it used to be, but still undeniably safer to stay home and keep streaming. For that, here are the best TV shows of 2020 (so far). 

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"Solar Opposites" made life on Earth a little more bearable this year.

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Users can take photos of the home with their camera then, using artificial intelligence, the Matterport app converts the photos into a VR-like experience. Read more...

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Boston on Wednesday joined the still small, but growing, number of U.S. cities that have for the most part banned city officials' use of facial-recognition technology.   

The ordinance, sponsored by Councilor Michelle Wu and Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, passed by a unanimous vote according to Councilor Wu. The new measure prohibits both the city of Boston and any official in the city of Boston from using "face surveillance" and "information derived from a face surveillance system."

There are, importantly, a few key exceptions. One such exception, allowing city employees to still use technology like Face ID to unlock their personal smartphones, is uncontroversial. Another, allowing law enforcement to "[use] evidence relating to the investigation of a specific crime that may have been generated from a face surveillance system, so long as such evidence was not generated by or at the request of Boston or any Boston official" could perhaps cause controversy down the road. Read more...

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Kendrick Sampson discusses the nuances of his role as Ronnie in the film "Miss Juneteenth," as well as the importance of black stories being told by black creatives. Read more...

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Some of Tesla's older touchscreens are blinking out. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 11 complaints in the past year about the touchscreen in Tesla Model S cars from 2012 to 2015. In response, the NHTSA opened a preliminary uation to see if there is a safety problem. 

In all 11 cases, the touchscreen died. That is where video from the rearview camera is displayed, meaning drivers couldn't see what was behind them. 

Climate control and recharging are also affected when the screen dies, but braking, steering, and other driving systems are luckily spared. The Model S has a separate screen in front of the steering wheel to display driving information. That's different from the newer Model 3 sedan, which displays everything on the center console touchscreen.  Read more...

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Sony has finally given us a glimpse of the PS5 and some of the titles coming to the new console.  Read more...

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Expecting Amy gets inside Amy Schumer like never before. The HBO docuseries whose trailer debuted Wednesday, follows a pregnant Schumer as she tours and films her latest standup special, Growing, and navigates marriage and imminent parenthood with husband Chris Fischer (the duo also have a new Food Network show).

All three episodes of Expecting Amy hit HBO Max July 9. Read more...

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It's official: Muppets Now is coming to Disney+ on July 31. Commence your rejoicing.

The unscripted weekly series is a little bit of a few different things. There's a talk show piece, a game show piece, and a cooking show piece. That's what Disney has revealed about it, at any rate. This trailer is mostly Kermit tussling with a Lawyer Muppet over what can and can't be revealed.

There are strong classic Muppets Tonight vibes happening here, though. If you're a fan of the Muppets and you've been waiting to see how they come to life on Disney's streaming platform, take comfort in knowing that you won't be waiting too much longer. Read more...

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Whether it's your own backyard, a nearby park, or a small patch of grass next to your apartment building that your neighbor's dog occasionally uses as a toilet, this summer's hottest hangout spot is outside. Literally anywhere outside. 

SEE ALSO: Why parents should invest in outdoor games for their kids this summer

If the way Kubb sets have been selling is any indication, outdoor games are going to be a hot commodity now that the weather's warm enough to enjoy the fresh air. You might go so far as to call them essential. (We did.

Oddly enough, none other than *Best Buy* is selling almost every kind of backyard/lawn game you can think of, and a bunch of them are on sale as of Wednesday, June 24. (Yes, Best Buy the electronics retailer. We stan a versatile queen.) Here's what's in stock as of this writing: Read more...

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Fin News Jordan Novet / CNBC: AWS announces Honeycode, a cloud-based tool that it hopes will help non-coders build apps  —  - Amazon already leads the cloud infrastructure market, and now it's expanding its cloud product lineup with a tool for people who don't code.  — The Honeycode service will compete with offerings …

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Fin News Alfred Ng / CNET: Boston passes an ordinance to ban government use of facial recognition, with minor caveats, joining cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and Cambridge  —  Boston joined cities like San Francisco, Oakland, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Wednesday in passing a vote to ban facial recognition technology for municipal use.

The addition of ESPN and its sister channels, plus ABC, makes FuboTV a compelling package for sports fans.

Notably, the fund said the "adverse impact on low-income households is particularly acute, imperiling the significant progress made in reducing extreme poverty in the world since the 1990s."

A growing number of companies are pausing advertising on Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit movement. But analysts say the temporary boycott won't affect Facebook much.

Administration officials pushed back on criticisms, claiming they were "providing federal support in a different way" for coronavirus testing.

The estimated cost of the proposal would be about $1.9 billion a month for the 10 largest U.S. carriers.

The new richest man in China is also named Ma.

They’re not household names, but these airplane-component makers are poised to thrive in a post-COVID-19 landscape.

Amazon also announced the top 10 books across all categories and genres that have already been published in 2020.

Linear television, however much it is in decline, is still a necessary mode of consumption for some viewers.

Happy Ice features a classic Philly recipe with an artistic Los Angeles twist.

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Stores are closing in 42 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and Canada.

There is serious potential beneath all the frivolity.

The Lender Match tool is part of the SBA's efforts to fund minority, rural and other underserved small businesses owners before the PPP ends on June 30.

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The socially conscious ice-cream brand will stop running ads on the social platforms as part of #StopHateForProfit and speaks out in favor of Equality Act.

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When students head back to class this fall, they may find themselves isolated from each other and wearing masks. This isn’t biosafety—it’s pandemic theater.

Its creators said they could use facial analysis to determine if someone would become a criminal. Critics said the work recalled debunked “race science.”

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Fewer adults in the United States report losing sleep over their personal finances than last year, a new survey finds.

Just 48% say they have trouble dozing off because of finances, while in 2019, 56% said they were.

But women fare far worse than men: 79% are kept up at night versus 70% of men, according to the data released today. What’s worse is those number shift up for Generation-Xers. Of Gen X women, 82% lose sleep, compared to 73% of their male counterparts. industry analyst Ted Rossman pointed to the many roles Gen X women must play as the stress-inducing reasons for their trouble catching some Z’s. They often take care of their children and their parents, handle home-schooling, and work from home (assuming they still have a job, and if not, they contend with being unemployed).

Other worries preventing American adults from sleeping are about:

Relationships, 38% Health, 32% Work, 24% Politics, 22% Racial tensions, 19% Child-rearing, 15% Climate change, 13%

“In the context of the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression, it’s shocking the figures aren’t far worse,” Rossman said. “Government stimulus programs are helping, and many who are currently out of work seem confident they will soon return. It also helps that the economy was in good shape prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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For thousands of Syrian refugees who have suffered horrific blast injuries after being hit by barrel bombs and other devices of death in their war-torn homeland, the only option is amputation. When you see the damage a blast injury can do, it’s a shock to the system and is so very sad and upsetting.

Barrel bombs have been dropped throughout the long conflict that has torn Syria apart and caused untold misery and pain to so many innocent civilians. At the start of 2018, Amnesty International reported that barrel bombs had killed more than 11,000 civilians in Syria since 2012, injuring many more.

The barrel bomb is a type of improvised explosive device which – according to the UN – is used extensively by the Syrian Air Force. They are made from large oil barrels and are typically filled with TNT, oil, and even chunks of steel. Due to the large amount of explosives that can be packed into a barrel, the resulting explosion can be devastating.

Even if a person survives such a blast, their limbs are at risk of suffering a large, often jagged break which, even in the best conditions, would be a major challenge to repair. In a fully equipped, state-of-the-art hospital, such patients would be able to access expert orthopaedic surgery and a lot of expensive aftercare.

But in a refugee camp, far away from any sophisticated surgical intervention, these types of complex procedures with timely recovery and care implications are just not possible. So at the moment, amputation is unfortunately the most likely outcome in many of these cases.

Many of these bone shattering injuries are untreatable because of the constant risk of infection from procedures carried out in the field and the collapse of the healthcare system. A simpler and cheaper way to help these people needed to be invented and my colleagues and I believe we have done just that.

Fin News[Photo: courtesy of the author]Our treatment uses a temporary, 3D printed “bone brick” to fill the gap. They are made up of polymer and ceramic materials and can be clicked together just like a Lego brick to fit perfectly into whatever gap has been created by the blast injury. The bricks are degradable and allow new tissue to grow around them. This structure will support the load like a normal bone, induce the formation of new bone and, during this process, the bricks will dissolve. The idea is that the surgeon can open a bag of bricks and piece them together to fit that particular defect and promote the bone growth.

Fin News[Photo: courtesy of the author]The solution has been a long time coming and it was very much the plight of Syrian refugees that inspired it. It struck a very personal chord. I recognize that misery and pain and see my younger self on the faces of the children. I was born and grew up in Mozambique in South-East Africa in 1968. It was the middle of the war of independence and the country was in turmoil.

My family inevitably became caught up in the decade-long conflict that involved the Portuguese community that was living and working in Mozambique and the Frelimo (The Mozambique Liberation Front) resistance movement that were seeking independence and self-rule.

Fin NewsPaulo Bartolo with his mother and younger brother Jose Manuel in 1973-4 at their home in Manhica, Mozambique. [Photo: courtesy of the author]It was 1973 and these were dangerous times. I was about five years old and it was a very frightening and disruptive period of my life. We moved up and down the country as my father’s job in civil administration changed and required us to move to the Niassa government base in Vila Cabral (now Lichinga).

One episode sticks out vividly. My one-year-old brother, Jose Manuel, and I were taken from our home in Maragra and moved to a refugee camp in an area of South Africa called Nelspruit, as we tried to escape the escalating violence. We were safe but I was always anxious and scared about the security of our family.

Although we were only in the camp for around a month before we were transferred to start a new life in Portugal when I was six, that experience stayed with me for life. It gave me a strong sense of empathy for others who are being displaced by war. And it would eventually strengthen my commitment to use my bio-medical expertise to try and do something to help other refugees.

Blast injuries and amputations

The first time I was made fully aware of the impact of blast injuries in the Syrian conflict was when Amer Shoaib – a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Manchester Royal infirmary – came to my university to discuss his experience and the problems he faced in treating these injuries in Syrian refugees.

Shoaib is a limb-injury expert with experience of working on the frontline of various conflicts and crisis zones as a humanitarian worker. He told us that in Syria the after effects of blast injuries were sometimes untreatable because of the constant risk of infection. The collapse of the healthcare system has also led to many treatments being done by people who are not, in fact, trained medics.

Shoaib was working in refugee camps in Turkey and I, along with my Manchester research colleagues Andy Weightman and Glenn Cooper, decided we needed to help and apply our expertise. We all wanted to make a difference and we continued our discussion late into the evening. This conversation developed into the idea of the “bone bricks.”

A game-changer

My own academic interests include biofabrication for tissue engineering. This involves fabricating bone, nerve, cartilage, and skin through the use of 3D printing. 3D printing technology can now reproduce biocompatible and biodegradable materials that can be used in the human body.

Current grafting techniques have several limitations, including the risk of infection and disease transmission. They are also quite costly and present a high risk of further injury and serious bleeding. This work is centered on creating orthopaedic devices – or scaffolds – that can enable the regeneration of bone tissues to repair fractures.

I had been busy responding to the calls from clinicians to make these tools more agile, smaller in scale, and responsive to more personalized healthcare. But the challenge set by the Syrian situation was a game-changer: We had to consider other new factors, such as making the scaffolds even more cost-effective and useable in demanding environments where it is very difficult to manage infection.

Part of our solution to these challenges was to use relatively low-cost 3D printing technology to create bone bricks with a degradable porous structure into which a special infection-fighting paste can be injected. The bone brick prosthesis and paste will prevent infection, promote bone regeneration, and create a mechanically stable bone union during the healing period.

The challenge of creating this pioneering prosthesis led us on a journey to Turkey in 2016 where we met with academics, surgeons, and medical companies. We were convinced that our proposed new technique could dramatically improve the medical response to life-changing limb injuries in the challenging conditions of these camps. It was clear that our project should be focused on patients within the Syrian refugee community in Turkey where they have found a safe haven from the horrors of war.

Fin News[Image: courtesy of the author]Once we secured the backing of the Global Challenges Research Fund (a $1.86 billion pot provided by the UK government to support cutting edge research that specifically addresses the challenges faced by developing countries) we began to put our project into motion. As a first step Weightman, Cooper and I visited Sabanci University in Istanbul to meet with our lead collaborator there, Bahattin Koç, who introduced us to a group of clinicians who had been dealing with the refugees and their injuries firsthand and were able to share their knowledge. Their experiences gave us insight into the challenges of treating serious bone injuries in the field.

Our collaborators in Turkey helped ensure we shaped the design and specifications of the bone bricks so they aligned as closely as possible to the needs of the frontline clinicians. During our stay in Istanbul we were constantly reminded of the human cost of the Syrian civil war. We would often witness groups of displaced families, including children, who had fled the conflict and were seeking refuge and the chance to rebuild their lives. What we had seen on TV about Syria, with helicopters dropping bombs, was brought home to us. Some of my colleagues have children the same age as those we want to help and it made us even more determined to do something.

War in Syria

The Syrian conflict has displaced around three million refugees into Turkey, accounting for around 4% of its population. Turkey provides free healthcare services to Syrians and, as such, the burden on the healthcare system is significant, with 940,000 patients treated, 780,000 operations and 20.2 million outpatient services taken up between 2011 and 2017 alone.

The Turkish government says it has spent more than $37 billion hosting Syrian refugees. We hope that our bone bricks innovation can make a contribution to this crisis, helping to mitigate Turkey’s healthcare costs and also significantly improve the human cost of this crisis.

Our project is focused on bone injuries that are often caused by blast explosions, which are powerful enough to throw a person many yards and shatter bodies. Shoaib once said to us:

This is certainly true for the Syrian crisis where thousands of people are suffering terrible injuries. Given that almost two million people have been injured in the Syrian civil war, we estimate that 100,000 people have been affected by large bone loss and of those injured since 2013 there have been more than 30,000 amputations – equating to about 7,500 a year. Amputation has associated physical complications including heart attack, slow wound healing, and the constant risk of infection.

Fin NewsBone brick under x750 magnification. [Image: courtesy of the author] Catastrophic limb amputation

Current bone repair techniques are complex. They include:

The leg or arm being harnessed in a metal fixing device or cage which allows slow-growing bone tissue to reconnect. But this process frequently creates complications caused by metal wires transfixing and cutting through soft tissues as the frame is extended to lengthen the bone. It is a lengthy and meticulous. Placing a pin or plate implant to stabilize the bone gap and enable the tissue to reconnect. This procedure requires complex surgery in specialist centers of excellence and can only be considered in extreme and selected cases. Bone shortening procedures, where healing is stimulated by removing damaged bone tissue. Or there are forms of bone grafting techniques which use transplanted bone to repair and rebuild damaged bones.

And it must be remembered, traumatic limb amputation is a catastrophic injury and an irreversible act that has a sudden and emotionally devastating impact on the patient. As a consequence, this not only impacts a person’s ability to earn a living but also brings very serious psychological issues for the patient because of the cultural stigma associated with limb loss.

External prosthetic limbs after amputation provide some with a solution but they are not suitable for all. Studies show that the long term healthcare costs of amputation are three times higher than those treated by limb salvage. Clearly, saving a limb offers a better quality of life and functional capacity than amputation and external prosthetics.

Just like Lego

With many blast injuries, the bone defects are totally impossible to heal. What we are doing is creating a temporary structure using bone bricks to fill the gap. Our treatment uses medical scaffolds, made up of polymer and ceramic materials, which can be clicked together like a Lego brick, creating a degradable structure which then allows new tissue to grow.

Fin NewsA prototype brick just off the 3D printer at the University of Manchester. [Photo: courtesy of the author]We are also developing software to allow the clinician, based on the information on the bone defect, to select the exact number of bone bricks with the specific shape and size and information on how to assemble – just like Lego instructions. The connection between the bone brick design and the 3D printing system is completed. We’re now in the process of integrating with the software that will link the scanning of information from the wound area with the identification of the correct type of bone bricks and assembly mechanism.

An antibiotic ceramic paste is stored in a hollow in the middle of the brick and is a highly practical way to combat infection while the limb repairs and hugely improves the chances of success.

The bone brick solution is much more cost effective than current methods of treatment. We expect our limb-saving solution will be less than $250 for a typical 100mm fracture injury. This is far cheaper than current solutions, which can cost between $335 and $1,250 for an artificial limb depending on the type needed.

When will they be used on humans?

My team and I are entering the final stages of a three-year project. Our team consists of academics and clinicians from Manchester and Turkey, as well as a pool of ten bone injury patients drawn from the UK, Turkey and Syria. We have already uated the modular bone bricks system in a computer simulation, created prototypes of the modular bone bricks using 3D printing technologies in the lab, and conducted in-vitro (laboratory) testing of mechanical and biological characterization of the bricks. This will be followed by in-vivo (animal) testing to prepare the device for regulatory approval and a pathway to implementation by clinicians. Once all these stages are complete the project we will be ready to trial on human patients.

The final stage will then be to translate the research into building a useable, medical device. This will be undertaken by a follow-on clinical trial on about 20 patients with large bone loss, some of which we expect will be drawn from the Syrian refugee community. The project will be subject to strict ethical scrutiny and approval.

Fin NewsA bone brick under Electron Microscopy scanning. [Image: courtesy of the author]We hope this project will lead to further development of emergency healthcare in the developing world and could bring hope to a Syrian refugee community in dire need while their country rebuilds. Our long term hope is that bone bricks will be of use, not only in refugee crises, but also in many other healthcare situations, such as accidents and natural disasters – in both developing and developed nations. For example, in the UK around 2,000 patients a year receive treatment for severe fractures requiring surgical reconstruction for bone loss.

The burden to the health service relating to major traumatic injuries is estimated to be in excess of $0.6 billion. In addition, the estimated loss of contribution to the economy due to extended periods of rehabilitation is another $4.3 billion.

We believe the bone brick project could help alleviate some of those economic burdens and drastically improve the patient experience. But it is the plight of the Syrian refugees that continues to inspire and inform this project. We hope that, perhaps in five years’ time, bone bricks will be used in the field on humans, finally giving medics and victims an alternative to catastrophic limb amputation.

Paulo Bartolo is chair professor on advanced manufacturing at the University of Manchester. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Boston on Wednesday banned municipal use of facial recognition technology, becoming the largest East Coast city to do so, public radio station WBUR reports.

“Boston should not be using racially discriminatory technology and technology that threatens our basic rights,” said city council member Michelle Wu at a Wednesday hearing, CNET reports.

Facial recognition technology has fallen under heavy criticism, with numerous research reports finding the technology does relatively poorly at recognizing people who aren’t white men. IBM recently announced it would stop offering “general purpose” facial recognition software, and Microsoft and Amazon both announced moratoriums on offering such technology to police.

Boston joins neighboring municipalities Somerville, Cambridge, and Brookline in barring local agencies from using the technology. Other cities, including Oakland and San Francisco in California, already ban the technology as well.

The new ordinance drew praise from civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, which in a tweet called attention to Robert Williams, a Black man living in Michigan who was arrested after being falsely matched by such software to someone captured in surveillance footage.

This is a crucial victory for our privacy rights, and individuals like Robert Williams, who have been arrested for crimes they didn’t commit because of a technology that law enforcement shouldn’t be using.

— ACLU (@ACLU) June 24, 2020

City officials are still allowed to use facial recognition to unlock their own devices, and they can still use the technology to automatically spot faces to redact from photos, CNET reports.

On Monday, President Trump signed an order temporarily suspending employment-based visas for foreigners through the end of the year. The ban includes the H-1B visa for highly skilled workers, and is seen as an extension of Trump’s sweeping effort to limit immigration both before and during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s a primer on the ban, which takes effect today:

Why was it issued?

The Trump administration said worker visas that promote foreign immigration “[present] a significant threat to employment opportunities for Americans affected by the extraordinary economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak,” and the new restrictions would safeguard “scarce” jobs for Americans in an “America-first recovery.”

However, the administration’s push to clamp down on immigration predates the coronavirus pandemic. White House staffer Stephen Miller, the architect behind Trump’s immigration policy—including 2017’s suspension of travel from seven majority-Muslim nations and 2018’s “zero tolerance” family separation rule at the U.S.-Mexico border—has a long history of opposing worker visas as part of his “Buy American, Hire American” campaign.

How long will it last?

The order is set to last through December 31, although the legislation allows for restrictions to continue past that date “as necessary.”

Who will be affected?

The ban includes H-1B visas for skilled workers, prent in the STEM industry and Silicon Valley for jobs in fields such as data science and software engineering, as well as H-4 visas for their family members, H-2B visas for seasonal workers in labor jobs including landscaping and construction, J-1 visas for short-term workers in cultural exchange programs including au pairs and camp counselors, and L-1 visas for intracompany transfers.

Officials have said the ban will likely block about 525,000 immigrants from entering the country through the end of the year.

What do people think?

The ban is lauded by immigration hardliners, who pressed for stricter immigration laws, and who were disappointed in April after a tweet from Trump teasing a full halt on immigration was followed by a more measured proclamation suspending new green cards for 60 days. Of the latest developments, a policy director for the anti-immigration group Center for Immigration Studies told the New York Times that “work visa suspensions will put the thumb on the labor market scale in favor of U.S. workers.”

But business leaders aren’t happy, arguing that the ban nullifies their ability to recruit workers overseas for jobs that Americans are either unwilling to do or incapable of filling. A June poll from The Pew Center for Research shows that almost two-thirds of Americans believe immigrants primarily perform jobs that Americans don’t want. And technology companies are irked by the H-1B ban, which prevents them from tapping into top talent internationally: Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, Google, Facebook, and Tesla executives have publicly criticized the move, stating that they use visas to fill positions when they’ve already exhausted the American workforce.

“America’s continued success depends on companies having access to the best talent from around the world. Particularly now, we need that talent to help contribute to America’s economic recovery,” said a statement from Google, whose concerns were echoed in similar messages from industry giants.

Misplace your glasses a lot? This post is for you: Introducing EyeWris—reading glasses that wrap around your wrist—brought to you by the creator of Gorilla Glue and his engineer son, Mark Singer and Kenzo Singer.

The duo spent eight years developing the heavily curved, durable polycarbonate lenses and a “bistable folding bridge” that easily snaps open with one hand.

Fin News[Photo: courtesy of EyeWris]The company is using Kickstarter to gather early orders. A pair is yours for $125 (or, if you drag your heels, $165) and comes in three reading strengths: strong (+2.75 to +3.50), medium (+1.75 to +2.50), and mild (+1.0 to +1.50). Each pair comes with four arm length choices for good fit, with a style that fits in at board meetings and cocktail parties alike. We see these doing fantastically well on the QVC, HSN, and infomercial circuit.

EyeWris is not the first to market with the wrap-around-wrist concept: WristReaders ($49) are magnetic reading glasses in fun colors, designed to wrap around a wrist as much as bike handlebars or a coffee mug. SnapShades ($12) are sunglasses designed for outdoor fun. And, of course, there’s always a spiffy chain ($2).

Currently, under the Affordable Care Act, most employers are mandated to cover their employees’ contraceptives through company health care plans, but a forthcoming Supreme Court decision could upend that obligation. The Supreme Court this term is set to rule on two Trump administration rules that would allow employers and universities to deny health coverage for birth control because of “religious” or “moral” objections. To get ahead of that ruling, Planned Parenthood is asking companies to become a “Business for BC” and pledge that they will guarantee employee birth control coverage, whether or not they are required to do so by law.

Twelve national companies have made that pledge so far: Amalgamated Bank, Argent, Bad Robot Productions, CREDO Mobile, Female Quotient, Jaya Apparel Group, hims & hers, Postmates, the Helm, the Lede Company, Trillium Asset Management, and Tumblr, representing a promise to more than 600,000 employees in industries from retail and banking to media and venture capital. Now Planned Parenthood is launching a campaign called “Business for Birth Control 2020” to secure more commitments.

Planned Parenthood is asking companies to commit to this coverage even if it is no longer required by law, not only because birth control is essential, she says, but because this is a business and human rights issue as well. With access to the pill, women were able to have control over family planning and invest in their careers. Research has found that for women born from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s, access to birth control accounts for one-third of their total wage gains since the 1960s. The pill allowed them to get more work experience and more education.

This fight for reliable contraception is not new—the owners of Hobby Lobby notoriously objected to having a health insurance plan that covered birth control. But especially now, with a national spotlight on deep-rooted racial inequalities and at a time when many companies are internally addressing their own systemic issues that have hampered advancement and inclusion, Planned Parenthood says it’s more important than ever that companies make this commitment to their employees.

More than two-thirds of Black women believe the ability to plan if and when they have children is important to their ability to pursue their career goals, and yet disproportionate barriers to health care affect that access. Nearly 40% of Black women between 18 and 44 say they can’t afford more than $10 a month for birth control, were they to have to pay out of pocket. Affordable birth control not only improves a woman’s own welfare, from her education to her earning power—it provides family and societal gains as well; family planning programs in the U.S. have been linked to a drop in the share of children and adults in poverty.

“Birth control helps address systemic inequities and advance inclusion in the workplace,” says Nadia Khamis, director of corporate engagement at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in an email. “Companies have an important opportunity to use their policies, advocacy and influence to support birth control access.”

What: A fake ad for Quarantine Dream House Barbie that traces this year’s unexpected plot twists.

Who: Comedian Sara Schaefer and director Scott Moran.

Why we care: By any metric, 2020 has been a weird one. Even before the onset of COVID-19, it was already a variety pack of nightmares whose only bright spot was the Parasite Oscar sweep. Then quarantine gave way to the backlash against quarantine, a topic that was just hitting fever pitch when America suddenly found itself gripped by the greatest racial reckoning since the 1960s.

A new video by comedian Sara Schaefer perfectly captures the whiplash factor of trying to stay sane throughout this singularly chaotic year—especially for her particular demographic.

Although a broad swath of Americans will be able to relate to the video—a triptych of fake ads for Quarantine Dream House—the core audience is millennial white women who grew up playing with Barbies. The first part of the fake ad finds Schaefer’s side-pony’d toy-player marveling at the ease with which she can make Barbie live her best life while sheltering in place. Things take a turn about 30 seconds in, however, just as they might have for many viewers somewhere in late April, when the novelty of quarantine had long worn off and the future began to look like an endless expanse of trauma.

It’s the final turn, however, that really takes this sketch to the next level. Our Quarantine Dream House doll suddenly throws herself into activism and soul-searching, complete with a very tiny copy of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race, completing the fraught arc of so many well-intentioned white people this year. It’s a hilarious, too-real depiction of 2020 that quietly highlights how difficult it will be for anyone to deal with whatever comes next.

Quarantine Dream House: a play in three acts

— Sara Schaefer (@saraschaefer1) June 23, 2020

Perhaps 53,000 runners breathing heavily on each other during a pandemic in the fall is not a savvy plan. And with that, the 2020 TCS NYC Marathon has been canceled. “I applaud New York Road Runners for putting health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” said New York mayor Bill de Blasio. The postponement was announced today by The New York Road Runners, along with the Office of the Mayor of New York City.

This is a particularly difficult cancellation, as the November marathon would have been the city’s 50th running. Registered runners either receive full refunds, or can defer their entries to 2021, 2022, or 2023. Runners can also participate in the virtual TCS New York City Marathon during the last week of October, which will be in its third year. More details will be announced in July.

The timing of the cancellation, 5.5 months before the event, is notably kind to amateur marathoners, who typically undertake 12- to 20-week training programs and are likely to begin training in the coming weeks.

Most live music events have been cancelled for the rest of the year to stop the spread of COVID-19, in compliance with expert medical advice. Just yesterday, the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, cited a “disturbing surge” of new cases as more parts of the country reopen. But if you’re one of those gambling few who just can’t bear the thought of not mingling with other people for the sake of public health, then the Herd Immunity Fest might be for you.

The Herd Immunity Fest—first of its kind!—will take place from July 16-18 in Ringle, WI. Static X, Nonpoint, and Dope are among the 15 bands that will play the three-day rock concert.

One of the event’s organizers wrote the following on Facebook:

“As humans we NEED other human contact. MUSIC in itself is great, but the live streams as I am sure you all know is just not the same we need LIVE , feel it to the bones, run shivers up your spine MUSIC with people around us. Takes us all away on a trip that unless you have felt it you won’t understand.”

Given the name of the festival, it’s obvious that there are no social-distancing plans built into the mass gathering. Again, this obviously goes against public health advice, but the announcement comes just after Ex-Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar told Rolling Stone that he’s comfortable playing a live show before before there’s a vaccine, and that he’d “rather get sick and die, if that’s what it takes.” Never mind that Sammy Hagar & The Circle cancelled their summer tour just a few weeks ago.

A lot can happen in a month, especially in the throes of a pandemic, so there’s a chance that this festival might get shut down.  Some of us will just have to wait and see—from home, of course.

As brands try to jump through the many hoops of activism during the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, many consumers have decided to boycott companies that aren’t living up to their expectations. 

But according to a recent survey by analytics firm Sprout Social, brands that make missteps have a lot more at stake than making a generic PR statement, particularly if consumers decide to unfollow them on social media. The firm found that 89% of consumers will buy from a brand that they follow on social media while 75% will increase spending with that brand—a number that has continued to increase each year. 

Sprout Social also found that 49% of users will unfollow a brand if the customer service is poor, which is a factor well outside of a social media manager’s control. Sprout suggests marketers take these numbers into account when creating social posts. 

Other reasons why consumers say they unfollow brands on social media include poor quality of product (49%), irrelevant content (45%), too many ads (45%), privacy concerns (39%), negative press (29%), and corporate scandal (26%).

“Growing your social following supports your business’ revenue goals, but to attract new followers, marketers need to know what types of content will engage (and repel) their customers,” Sprout Social says.

Although the survey was conducted before the recent protests, it shows marketers and social media managers what consumers want in terms of content. For example, how quickly a brand responds to a user’s comment is very important. According to the survey, 40% of responders expect an answer from brands in one hour, while 79% of responders expect it in 24 hours.

Staying ahead of trends, Sprout says, is also a great way to boost social performance. Forty percent of users say they want to see more live videos and brands are responding accordingly, while 56% of marketers say they are planning on launching more live video content this year. 

Brands are still only scratching the surface of how to utilize social media to their benefit. Social media isn’t going away anytime soon, so brands should expect it will continue to play an important role in business growth.

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A project advocated by FaceBook’s Mark Zuckerberg, promises Crypto Financial Inclusion-to be more accessible to the underbanked globally bypassing high banking fees and allow users to send money as fast as a text message. Zuckerberg in his testimony to House Financial Services Committee on October 23, 2019, stated “China is moving quickly to launch similar ideas in the coming months.”

fin news, Fin NewsJP Morgan is the first US Bank to create a digital coin known as JPM. It uses blockchain-based technology for instantaneous payments between business to business, with value equivalent of one JPM coin to one US dollar, according to their website February 14,2019.

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Bitcoin Halving, a cryptocurrency term for an event where the reward for mining new blocks is halved, which happens every 210,000 blocks (once every four years). Nakamoto Satoshi believed this event helps to keep Bitcoin’s inflation in check by reducing the supply of new Bitcoins, however increasing the cost to mine them and thereby increasing the BTC trading price over time with steady demand. Note: Hyperinflation occurs with uncontrolled printing of new fiat currency in world government economies, reducing its value.

Upcoming Bitcoin Halving may offer an attractive entry point for digital asset investing with considerations in high-risk tolerance and improvement in fundamentals, regulatory acceptance and price valuation as noted by Grayscale Investments, LLC.

fin news, Fin NewsHowever, others such as Bitmain Chief Executive Jihan Wu and Jason Williams, Co-founder at digital asset fund at Morgan Creek Digital advises that there is no clear evidence, no guarantee that a bull run will follow the Bitcoin halving event.

fin news, Fin NewsThe Bitcoin as well as the Global Economy can be affected. Since many believe in Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin Experiment, which is that Fiat Currency over time will flow into Cryptocurrency. So, therefore monetizing Bitcoin, increasing its value in the future.

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