5 Things to Know Today: February 8, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
In case you missed it, there's a city that's turning your internet usage into heat for their homes. Also, new studies find that the racial wage gap is even worse than we thought, and China’s top businesswoman hasn’t had a day off in 26 years.
1. Fast Coexist: Wasting time on the internet could heat up your neighbor's home.
In Stockholm, Sweden, your apartment could be heated by other people's internet use. The city plans to entice several large data centers to Stockholm, and then harvest the heat they generate into a local heating system. The city hopes to source 10 percent of its heat from these data centers as part of their goal to be fossil-fuel free by 2040.
2. Arch Daily: Thinking about adding solar panels to your home? Here are five ways to make them look pretty.
Chances are, if you’re installing solar panels you aren’t doing it for the aesthetic appeal. Jon Gardzelewki, an architect and lecturer at the University of Wyoming, wants to change that by making solar panels the standard of architectural design, not an ugly afterthought. He’s created five strategies to integrate solar panels with residential and commercial roofs in a way that’s modern, appealing, and financially feasible.
3. NPR: Black and Latino two-parent families have half the wealth as white single parents.
The racial wealth gap has been studied for decades, yet the results remain the same: white families are richer than black and brown families. In 2013, the average white family had 13 times the wealth of the average black family, and 10 times the amount of the average Latino family. At one time, economists attributed this to minorities being more likely to be single parents, but new data shows that this inequality persists regardless of family structure. In fact, according to a new study, single-parent white families still have twice as much wealth on average compared to black or Latino two-parent families.
4. Quartz: China’s top businesswoman hasn’t had a day off in 26 years.
Dong Mingzhu is the president of Gree Electric Appliances—China’s biggest air-conditioner maker. Beginning as a sales person in early 1990s, Dong worked her way up the corporate ladder, and the corporation boomed under her leadership. However, Dong admitted she has now gone 26 years without a day off. Her success comes with missing her son’s graduations and school events, despite being a single mother. In an interview, Dong said she’s sacrificed her personal life, friends, and her family for her career.
5. Mic: 3 easy ways to stop wasting money.
It’s true: these money-saving tips are super simple. For instance, check the unit price rather than the sale price—that shows how much you’re paying per unit which gives you the ability to make smarter purchasing decisions. Also, call your credit card company before you pay any late fees, and choose to raise your deductible to lower your monthly insurance premiums.