What Formula One racing taught me about effective, high-speed teamwork

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The extreme, high-octane sport is a breeding ground for creativity, innovation, and collaboration. When I watched Formula 1: Drive to Survive , the Netflix docuseries offering a glimpse into the world of Formula One racing, I was immediately hooked by the stories of the teams, their drivers, and the triumphs and tragedies on the track. Formula One racing appears to be just another high-octane sport with a rabid fan base, but underneath all the noise and excitement are high-functioning, data-led organizations obsessed with incremental improvements. Read Full Story

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These high-quality leggings, socks, and underwear are made from recycled plastic

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Girlfriend Collective is known for its super-soft, eco-friendly activewear. It’s now branching into new clothing categories—and giving back at the same time. Why is it that the items that we wear nearly every day are often the ones we think of shopping for last? I usually buy new socks at the last minute and in bulk. Same for underwear. Even for workout basics such as leggings, sports bras, and tees, I often find myself mindlessly grabbing the most basic options. But why not take clothing staples such as these up a notch? Read Full Story

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Bubba Wallace is unapologetic in striking new Root Insurance ad

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The celebrated NASCAR driver was directly involved in the creative process, and the brand is aiming to show it’s a different kind of insurer. One of the few drivers that people who don’t follow NASCAR can name is Bubba Wallace, and he’s never even won a major race. Of course, he is one of the best up-and-coming drivers in the country, a young, magnetic sports star. But it’s off the track where Wallace has really grabbed headlines, primarily for bringing an anti-racist stand to an overwhelmingly white sport. Read Full Story

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Hear the new experience designed to bring people who are blind into the excitement of a tennis match

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Tennis is just a starting point. This technology could soon allow visually impaired people around the world to better experience the joy of live sports. The highs and lows of this year’s Australian Open have been delighting fans around the world, especially during global lockdowns. But not everyone is able to enjoy the thrill of live sports in the same way. For the tennis fans among the 600,000 blind and visually impaired people in Australia—and millions more around the world— experiencing sports broadcasts can be underwhelming. Kala Petronijevic, a young girl who has low vision, says her dad has to commentate every move to her. Maurice Gleeson, a blind tennis fan and the CEO of Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria, says: “Tennis, sadly, hasn’t been anywhere near as accessible as I would like.” Read Full Story

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Watch out for fake AP election results circulating on Twitter

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Several Twitter accounts purporting to be the Associated Press are pretending to call the election, taking advantage of high tensions around the presidential race. Several Twitter accounts posing as news outlet the Associated Press are posting false election results. One account, @APMyWrist, even attempted to falsify its blue verified check mark. After Fast Company alerted Twitter of the account, it was suspended. Read Full Story

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How to donate to the Georgia Senate runoff election: 8 ways to help the races before January

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Who will control the Senate next year? These runoff races (and lots of money) could decide. The biggest bang for your political buck (in this lifetime, anyway) awaits in Georgia, where the U.S. balance of power is at stake: As of this writing, runoffs for two Senate seats in January will determine whether or not Democrats control all three branches of government. If Republicans win one or both seats, then they will maintain control of the Senate. If Democrats win both seats, the Senate will be controlled by Democrats, who already have the House. And thanks to Joe Biden’s victory, they’ll also control the presidency, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Here’s where to donate to these high-stakes races: Read Full Story

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No hugs! No handshakes! No high fives! How Tokyo 2021 will look different from past Olympics

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A new playbook hopes to keep the world’s largest sports festival from becoming a superspreader event. Picture a typical montage of Olympic footage; often it includes images of athletes from far-flung countries joining hands, competitors consoling one another with pats on the back after heartbreaking losses, teammates embracing in joyous celebration after winning hard-fought victories. Read Full Story

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The Baby Barista is like a Nespresso machine for baby formula

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With a stylish machine, a connected app, and a subscription model, Baby Barista is designed by RKS to streamline the formula production process. One of my husband’s earliest memories of fatherhood was being up at 4 a.m. trying to soothe a screaming infant while also somehow mixing a bottle with baby formula, then waiting for it to warm up in a bottle-heating machine. This is a common story for new parents. Just when your baby is her hangriest, she has to wait—and wait and wait—for the very thing that will calm her down. Read Full Story

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How to build a race-conscious equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy

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GV’s first diversity and inclusion partner explains the four not-so-easy steps companies must make to move from recognition to integration. When I joined venture capital firm GV in January as the firm’s first diversity and inclusion partner, I was excited by the opportunity to help with one of the industry’s biggest challenges: ensuring underrepresented and underestimated founders gain access to capital. Currently only 1% of VC funding goes to Black founders and 2% to Latinx founders. Women earn 26 cents for every dollar that men earn in stock assets. Read Full Story

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