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February 15, 2017

Daily News Roundup: What Makes a Charity Campaign Go Viral?

Contagious Empathy Key to Viral Campaigns, Study Finds: New research by a University of Cambridge psychology professor looks at characteristics of breakout fundraising and awareness efforts like the ice-bucket challenge, Mashable writes. Such campaigns rely on people witnessing peers' acts of generosity and identifying with those who will benefit, according to the study published in the journal Nature Human Behavior.

Scientists' Group Agrees to Publish "Open Access" Gates Research: Journals affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, including Science, will carry papers from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under a provisional pact, Nature reports. The association and other science publishers had refused Gates-funded studies because the grant maker insists that data underlying its findings be made available to other researchers.

Intel Pulls Sponsorship of Global Science Fair: The computer-chip maker's decision to cut financial ties with the International Science and Engineering Fair follows its withdrawal as sponsor of the national Science Talent Search and comes as traditional science fairs face competition for student interest from tech-focused events like hackathons and coding workshops, writes The New York Times.

Facing Revenue Gap, St. Paul Weighs New Nonprofit Fees: Officials in the Minnesota capital are considering alternative options for collecting payments for municipal services from hospitals, colleges, and charities after courts nullified a longstanding assessment that applied to all property owners regardless of tax status, punching a hole in the city's budget, MinnPost reports.