During the week, the Daily Rundown brings you the day’s trending professional news. On the weekend, we try to keep you current on the big ideas that can help you see what’s coming. Read on and join the conversation.
Is it time to ditch Daylight Saving Time? Actually, many argue the culprit is Daylight Saving Time’s less sunny other half: standard time. Several states, including Florida, California and Oregon, are looking to make DST a year-round affair, which would give us more evening daylight hours. Their reasoning? The time shifts have been associated with disrupted sleep, increased rates of depression and a modest uptick in heart attacks. Sticking with DST all year may even help keep the peace, with extra evening daylight connected to a reduction in crime. (P.S. Remember to switch your clocks forward an hour on Sunday.) • Here’s what people are saying.
The rise of fire-resistant housing: The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety is testing fire-resistant materials and landscaping to withstand the kind of wildfires that have devastated parts of the U.S. Using fiber cement composite rather than wood, metal gutters instead of vinyl and landscaping with rocks rather than mulch can keep embers from turning into full-scale blazes, reports CNBC. Wildfires destroyed more houses and structures in the U.S. last year than at any point on record, costing California alone $19 billion real estate damages. • Here’s what people are saying.
A smart stop sign that could save lives: Researchers at The University of Texas in San Antonio have developed a solar-powered stop sign that can flash a light at the right moment to make sure drivers don’t roll past the sign altogether, therefore raising the risk of an accident. The sign uses infrared sensors to detect the vehicle type and its velocity, allowing it to trigger a light at the right time to allow a safe stop. 54% of U.S. traffic deaths occur on rural roads, according to New Atlas. And in many cases, those accidents come from drivers missing stop signs. • Here’s what people are saying.
Millennials suffer from housing remorse: After a bit of delay, millennials have finally entered the housing market, with homeownership rates among those under 35 and between 35 and 45 on the rise, The Washington Post reports. But these new homeowners are not so thrilled. A recent survey by Bankrate found that 44% of all homeowners have misgivings about their purchase, but that figure rises to 63% among millennials. The reasons for regret include unexpected costs and maintenance, lack of space and location. • Here’s what people are saying.
China’s factories are running low on workers: As China’s services economy expands rapidly — with e-commerce and delivery services booming — manufacturers are struggling to fill their ranks, Bloomberg reports. Trade tensions with the U.S. have only made matters worse, with some factories looking to close shop and move to places like Cambodia or Vietnam. In the meantime, some Chinese manufacturers are offering 10% to 20% pay bumps and traveling to remote villages to find candidates. • Here’s what people are saying.
One last idea: Putting your unique thoughts and original work out into the world is a risky, daunting pursuit. But author Jon Acuff reminds us that the potential rewards are worth the risk.
“You never know where your idea is going to go, but you've got a guarantee that it won't go anywhere unless you share it. Put it out there. Sing the song. Write the book. Start the business. There's a whole world waiting for your idea.”
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