The day isn't only promoted by nonprofits; corporations like eBay also get involved. "This year, we are releasing a number of celebrity auctions, charitable giving opportunities and nonprofit partnerships in the days leading up to Giving Tuesday," explains Claire Dixon, VP of global communications and global impact at eBay. "On eBay's Charity Shop, shoppers can also purchase gifts with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to nonprofit organizations." … [Read more...] about After Cyber Monday, People Open Their Wallets for Giving Tuesday
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Coordinates in the Sky "The purpose is to be able to uniquely specify a location in the sky. It's just like latitude and longitude on Earth," Rick Fienberg, press officer for the American Astronomical Society, explains in an email. "If you tell someone to meet you in Littleton, Colorado, at 39°36'47.9484''N, 105°0'59.9292''W they will not only know which town you're in but also which street corner you're waiting at.... It wouldn't be very useful to someone else to know only which town you're in — you need to be more precise if you have any hope of being found by the other person." … [Read more...] about How Do We Find Things in the Blackness of Space?
Answer the door on Halloween and every fifth kid will be dressed as a ninja. There's just something about the legend of the ninja — secretive assassins who move silently in black robes and covered faces, leaping from rooftops and killing with throwing stars (shuriken) — that captures our popular imagination, like pirates or Robin Hood. But just like those other legendary figures, our image of the stealthy Japanese warriors is based largely on nuggets of historical truth buried under mountains of myth. … [Read more...] about Research Center Seeks to Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction
"There are a lot of things you can do to make cows more comfortable and show them you care for them. In turn, they will grow better, produce more milk and give higher quality milk," says Lanier, who chronicles farm life at The Milkmaid Times. "The more you care for them, the more you get out of that relationship." … [Read more...] about Study: Cows Grow Bigger, Give More Milk After Early Positive Human Interaction