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U.S. road deaths surged to 42,915 lives lost in 2021 » Highest since 2005

Yet, the surprise isn’t the increase, but by the amount » 10.5 percent, the biggest year-over-year jump, ever.

The number of people dying on America’s roads is increasing. The US had 38,842 deaths in 2020, which is 7.2 percent higher than 2019 despite the numerous lockdowns related to the COVID pandemic.

While the U.S. death toll continues to surge, traffic fatalities in other developed countries continues falling.

Vice »

Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the latest road fatality statistics. It is “grim reading,” the latter being a phrase that regularly appears in news articles about American road death statistics for the past half-century. 42,915 people died while trying to get where they needed to go on U.S. roads last year. That’s 117 people on average each day, or about the number of people you can stuff into a large regional jet. One plane going down every day for an entire year.

Elsewhere » The Detroit Bureau / Transportation Today / Ars Technica / Axios

Pollution is killing 9 million people a year » one in six of all deaths across planet

Damian Carrington, The Guardian »

The death toll from pollution dwarfs that from road traffic deaths, HIV/Aids, malaria and TB combined, or from drug and alcohol misuse. The researchers calculated the economic impact of pollution deaths at $4.6tn (£3.7tn), about $9m a minute.

The overall impact of pollution has not improved since the first global review in 2017, since when 45 million lives have been lost to it. Prevention was largely overlooked in the international development agenda, the researchers said, with funding increasing only minimally since 2015.

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Framework’s new laptop demonstrates repairable and upgradeable tech devices are possible [Updated]

»»» Introducing the new and upgraded Framework Laptop (Framework Team Blog Post)

It’s pretty cool that current Framework Laptop Owners Can Now Upgrade to 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs (Gizmodo)

The Framework is possibly my next laptop (after my expensive to buy, expensive-to-repairable, and un-upgradable MacBook Pro dies).

The Verge »

A little more than a year after announcing the first version of its ultra-repairable, upgradeable notebook, Framework is launching the second-generation Framework Laptop. It’s meant to be substantially faster and a little more sturdy, but, mostly, it’s a signal that Framework is serious about building truly long-lasting devices and might actually be fulfilling the often promised and rarely delivered dream of upgradeable, modular gadgets.

Which raises the real question for Framework: how do you launch a new laptop when your whole company is based on letting people upgrade and improve their laptops without just having to buy a new one?

That’s where Framework’s announcement gets cool: the new chipset is also going to be available in Framework’s Marketplace, meaning you can buy a mainboard with a 12th Gen chip and slot it into your existing Framework Laptop without having to buy a whole new device. Or, you can opt to replace your top cover with the new stronger one without changing anything else. (The Upgrade Kit, which includes both pieces, starts at $538.) Framework is planning to continue selling the first-gen laptop at a discounted price of $899 while its inventory lasts, too, so you can start on your upgrade path whenever you want. »

Elsewhere » Gizmodo / XDA

The eight least relevant factors of long-term relationships

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Wired »

Among more than 11,000 long-term couples, machine learning models found that the traits listed below, in a mate, were among the least predictive of happiness with that mate. Let’s call these traits the Irrelevant Eight, as partners appear about as likely to end up happy in their relationship when they pair off with people with any combo of these traits:

Race/ethnicity
Religious affiliation
Height
Occupation
Physical attractiveness
Previous marital status
Sexual tastes
Similarity to oneself

What should we make of this list, the Irrelevant Eight? I was immediately struck by an overlap between the list of irrelevant traits and another data-driven list discussed in this chapter. »

Intellectual humility is an essential characteristic of effective and impactful leadership

Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.D, Forbes »

Among the many leadership competencies and capabilities needed in an increasingly complex and interconnected global economy, we need leaders who are endlessly curious and insatiable when it comes to their ongoing learning; and that learning only happens when we relentlessly ask questions. Additionally, in a recent HBR article, the author states: “Questioning is a uniquely powerful tool for unlocking value in organizations: It spurs learning and the exchange of ideas, it fuels innovation and performance improvement, it builds rapport and trust among team members. And it can mitigate business risk by uncovering unforeseen pitfalls and hazards.”

Unlocking the potential of our people and the value in the organization is the core role and purpose of a leader, and as we ask questions, we can uncover challenges, increase our capacity for innovation and growth and ultimately produce better solutions and provide more value to the market. As we become more comfortable with challenging the facade of certainty, leaning into the nuance and messiness inherent to leading and managing people and asking questions, our organization will be better equipped to thrive in these complex and ever-shifting times.

Curiosity leads to continual growth and learning, which drives positive personal, team and organizational outcomes. Below are four ways we can model and promote the importance of life-long learning in our teams.

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