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
Nonprofit consultant Johnson notes that the last 90 days of the year are the period in which some nonprofits receive 40 percent (or more) of their revenue. So, he can see the allure of days targeted at donations. But he cautions, "The gifts given on [Giving Tuesday] are unlikely to be repeated unless the organizations receiving them are focused on building relationships with the new donors that come into their fold. Unfortunately for many organizations, their focus is on the immediate money ... Sustainable revenue — what every nonprofit must have to survive and prosper — comes from the renewed interest and investments of their supporters." … [Read more...] about After Cyber Monday, People Open Their Wallets for Giving Tuesday
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?