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Rich people give more to charity when you make them feel powerful

New Scientist

APPEALING to wealthy people's sense of personal power rather than their community spirit seems to encourage them to give more money to charity. Psychologists already knew that rich people value their individual ability to control events more than lower-income earners do, says Ashley Whillans at Harvard University. Appealing to this independent mindset encouraged wealthy people to donate more money to a charity aimed at ending poverty, found Whillans and her colleagues. That work was published in 2017. To continue reading this premium article, subscribe for unlimited access.


Stock photos show transgender people in a whole new light — as simply being human

Mashable

Dani St James, 25, was apprehensive about having her photo taken because she knew Day's work is "very stripped back and honest." "I always like to see myself fully glammed up and posing, but I've been shot in a similar style before and I think it's healthy to see yourself without the editing sometimes," she says. St James says representing trans people in stock images is a "tricky one," because if you're a'passable' trans person, you might not necessarily be "distinctly trans looking." "Trans people are literally everywhere, and very often we are unassuming, and we go unnoticed," she says. Her hope is that when people look at her photo, they view her as "normal."


Darwin's Theory of Evolution Roiled U.S. on Eve of Civil War

National Geographic

Agassiz was trained in Paris and was teaching in Switzerland, when he was invited by Harvard to come and give a series of lectures in the 1840s. And he basically never left. It was the first time in his life that he encountered black people, African-Americans, and he had an immediate visceral reaction. This shaped his application of special creationism to humans, in a theory that came to be known as polygenesis. He argues that white people were created in a particular zone in Europe, black people were created in Africa, and Asian people were created in the Asian part of the world.


13 things only drunk people can do

Mashable

Often drunk people are considered a nuisance to society. For now, we will celebrate our weekend alter-egos. The alter-egos society, our friends, parents and strangers alike have unanimously decided were the "worst version of ourselves." Let us take a moment away to examine what, when we are slurring our words and calling our engaged exes, we really bring to the table. Here, friends, in this safe and supportive place, we celebrate all the things drunk people can do that no one else can.


zoo-cameras-connects-people-around-the-world

U.S. News

"Their fan base came from well beyond Oklahoma City," zoo chief marketing Director Greg Heanue said. "We had people from the Czech Republic and everywhere else you can think of. It's interesting when you start getting feedback from all over the world. We had people from Australia complaining about the position of the camera."