What's in the pocket of people heading to court, a road map to moral leadership at the hospital, can animals feel harassed, is it art or just spit, and why isn't Minnesota better at improv?
It might be time to add a new position to the list of endangered news media members -- helicopter crews.
The TV helicopter might be in its death throes, thanks to unmanned vehicles.
I chatted with a colleague a week or so ago who was out at the giant convention of the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas recently. The hot exhibit on the floor? Drones.
Some police departments are already using these things. So are some scientists. They cost about $50 an hour to run.
Nebraska, FastCompany reports, is ground zero for the revolution. A journalism professor at the University of Nebraska is figuring out how news organizations can acquire content using remote mobile devices.
There's just one problem: They're illegal. The Federal Aviation Administration has been given until September 2015 to figure out how to bring drones into the airspace it controls.
Today's economic barometer is manufacturing and the The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, is reporting that manufacturing in the U.S. is at its highest level since last June.
It also bucks the trend of some recent reports -- including out of Chicago -- that raised the possibility that the economy is starting to fizzle again.
"We think the latest recovery is made of sterner stuff, although we doubt it will set the world alight," Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a note, Reuters reports.
Good news? Probably, although it won't help the problem we're having at the gas pump. Speculators pushed the price up today figuring it'll mean a higher demand.
With so many factories shut down and so much work moved overseas, it's easy to think there's little manufacturing taking place in the country anymore.
But a new installment of a PBS series disputes that notion.
The series continues tomorrow night on PBS.
The jury has started its deliberations in the case of Amy Senser, the woman who drove off after hitting and killing 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong on an I-94 off-ramp last year. She insisted during her testimony yesterday that she didn't know she hit someone.
Is that enough to avoid conviction on the most serious charges? There is, of course, no predicting what a jury might decide but this particular case has been accompanied by many in the public insisting that money and race would win out.
These tweets from the days after the accident revealed a general distrust that the the justice system would hold someone accountable.
But in the intervening weeks, investigators investigated, cops arrested, and prosecutors charged.
Even so, the jury's decision could likely renew the heated rhetoric the case spawned.
The barely religious are more compassionate than the very religious. So concludes a series of studies from the University of California, Berkeley, according to a news release:
When they looked into how much compassion motivated participants to be charitable in such ways as giving money or food to a homeless person, non-believers and those who rated low in religiosity came out ahead: "These findings indicate that although compassion is associated with pro-sociality among both less religious and more religious individuals, this relationship is particularly robust for less religious individuals," the study found.
In the second experiment, 101 American adults watched one of two brief videos, a neutral video or a heartrending one, which showed portraits of children afflicted by poverty. Next, they were each given 10 "lab dollars" and directed to give any amount of that money to a stranger. The least religious participants appeared to be motivated by the emotionally charged video to give more of their money to a stranger.
"The compassion-inducing video had a big effect on their generosity," Willer said. "But it did not significantly change the generosity of more religious participants."
In the final experiment, more than 200 college students were asked to report how compassionate they felt at that moment. They then played "economic trust games" in which they were given money to share - or not - with a stranger. In one round, they were told that another person playing the game had given a portion of their money to them, and that they were free to reward them by giving back some of the money, which had since doubled in amount.
Those who scored low on the religiosity scale, and high on momentary compassion, were more inclined to share their winnings with strangers than other participants in the study.
A researcher says the study concludes that although they are "less trusted" by their fellow citizens in this country, the less religious are more inclined to help those who need it.(8 Comments)