Launched in 2012, Giving Tuesday (often styled with a hashtag as #GivingTuesday) was created by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y. This New York City-based cultural center sought to use a social media-based platform to kick off the charitable giving season, while also encouraging donors not to wait until the end of the year to make contributions. The organization teamed up with the United Nations Foundation and executives from Mashable, Facebook and Groupon to spread the word about the day. … [Read more...] about After Cyber Monday, People Open Their Wallets for Giving Tuesday
It's a system that's been around since ancient times. "The idea of celestial coordinates does assume that the sky is a sphere that surrounds the Earth. This is the idea that traces back to the early belief that the Earth was the center of everything," Christopher Palma, a teaching professor and associate head for undergraduate programs in the Department of Astronomy and Physics at the Pennsylvania State University, says in an email. "Even though we now know that to not be true, it is still true that the sky appears to be a sphere surrounding us, so we can use spherical coordinates to identify any location on the sky." … [Read more...] about How Do We Find Things in the Blackness of Space?
And in 2001, a pair of psychologists at England's University of Leicester demonstrated that playing soothing music to dairy cows increased their milk production. Strategies like this aren't new to the Patterson dairy, where classical music is played for cows and calves around the clock, says Deanna Lanier, who earned a bachelor's degree in animal science production management before returning to Patterson Family Farms to work alongside her grandfather, Dean Patterson, and her father and brother. … [Read more...] about Study: Cows Grow Bigger, Give More Milk After Early Positive Human Interaction
The Ninja Legend Spreads The biggest challenge in separating ninja truth from myth is a lack of reliable primary sources. Turnbull says there are five total documents housed at the new research center that are similar to the monk's account. What's most remarkable about that handful of documents isn't so much the content of the original texts, but how they've been transformed into these legendary tales. The mission of the new center is to trace the path from a few garden-variety nighttime attacks in the 16th century to what became a global cultural phenomenon. … [Read more...] about Research Center Seeks to Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction