"The data that I've seen seems to indicate that it doesn't really increase giving; it just spreads it out a little instead of having all holiday and end-of-year giving happen in the last week of December," he says. "My belief is that Giving Tuesday doesn't address the core challenge in nonprofit fundraising — getting in front of a donor at the moment they care about and are motivated about the nonprofit's cause. Any 'day of giving' is arbitrary, and there's really no reason why they should motivate donors. But compare that to the urgency you feel after a natural disaster ... or after reading about an abused animal — that is what motivates donors, not dates on a calendar." … [Read more...] about After Cyber Monday, People Open Their Wallets for Giving Tuesday
Whats prime day
"For longitude on the Earth, we arbitrarily assigned Greenwich, England as the Prime Meridian," Palma says. "The Prime Meridian for the right ascension system is called 'The First Point of Aries,' and it is defined as the position of the Sun on the sky as it moves from south to north along the Ecliptic" — an imaginary line that denotes the path of the Sun — "and passes through the celestial equator. When the Sun is at that location, it is the vernal (or March) equinox on Earth. Right ascension increases to the East from there. So, a star on the sky that is exactly halfway around the sky from the Sun on the vernal equinox would have a right ascension of 180 degrees." … [Read more...] about How Do We Find Things in the Blackness of Space?
Breaking in a new vehicle is really about the engine. The break-in — or mechanical run-in — period is designed to begin to wear the engine evenly and smoothly with low, consistent pressure, normal operating temperature and smoothly flowing oil. The goal is to get the engine's piston rings, which expand, contract and flex, to seat properly on the cylinder walls. If there are imperfections in the pistons or the cylinder walls from the manufacturing process, working the engine too hard and too soon can wear down those imperfections too quickly. That leads to "hot spots" within the engine's cylinders, which can cause problems in the years to come. … [Read more...] about Do You Have to ‘Break In’ a New Car?
Short selling is totally legal. You actually do deliver stock to a buyer. And later on, you buy the stock you sold (hopefully at a lower price than what you sold it for) and make a profit. It's a bit more complicated than that, but you can always read up on short sells. Bottom line: While it's legal, people tend to feel short selling is bad mojo because it relies on companies doing poorly. … [Read more...] about The Most Hated Man in America Gets Arrested
Researchers also observed the quality of relationships between calves and caretakers through an avoidance distance test. The test, which measures the distance at which a calf will avoid a person who approaches it head on, revealed the stroked calves had a lower avoidance distance than the calves in the control group. In short, the calves who had been given special attention early on in their lives were less fearful and more welcoming when approached by people. … [Read more...] about Study: Cows Grow Bigger, Give More Milk After Early Positive Human Interaction
But we may soon have more clues to the real origins of the ninja tradition. That's in part because in July 2017, a Japanese university announced the opening of the world's first international ninja research center. Mie University is located in Iga, in Mie Prefecture, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Kyoto, where the first and most famous ninja "school" may have existed in the 16th century. The new research center will house not only historical documents related to the ninja, but also hundreds of novels, movies and cartoons that have helped to forge the modern image of the black-clad assassin. … [Read more...] about Research Center Seeks to Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction