Links To Go (April 27, 2018)

Key findings about Americans’ belief in God

  1. The vast majority of Americans (90%) believe in some kind of higher power
  2. In the U.S., Christians are particularly likely (99%) to believe in God or a higher power, with 80% claiming faith in a biblical God
  3. About half (48%) of U.S. adults believe God determines what happens to them most or all of the time
  4. Younger adults (those under the age of 50) are less inclined than older Americans to believe in a biblical God and more likely to say they don’t believe in any higher power or spiritual force
  5. Americans with a high school education or less are more likely than college graduates to believe in God or a higher power (94% vs. 84%)
  6. Republicans and Democrats have very different beliefs about God

People Voted for Trump Because They Were Anxious, Not Poor

Meanwhile, a few things did correlate with support for Trump: a voter’s desire for their group to be dominant, as well as how much they disagreed with Clinton’s views on trade and China. Trump supporters were also more likely than Clinton voters to feel that “the American way of life is threatened,” and that high-status groups, like men, Christians, and whites, are discriminated against.


Suicide Machine: ‘Sarco’ Death Pod That Lets Users Kill Themselves Showcased

The Sarco provides death by hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen, and is designed to be portable. It will come with a built-in detachable coffin and its inventors claim that a fully-functioning version will be built this year, after which the blueprints will be made open source and published online for anyone to access and download.


The trap of listening to feedback

If you begin and end with surveys and focus groups, all you’re going to do is what’s been done before.


Five Decisions that Helped Turn Around My Small Town Church

  1. We stopped settling for good enough and started saying, “Make it better.”
  2. We started making kids’ ministry a priority.
  3. Our pastor changed how he preached.
  4. We took our first impressions to another level.
  5. We moved to a more energetic style of worship music.

Study: Colleges That Ditch The SAT And ACT Can Enhance Diversity

Colleges that have gone “test optional” enroll — and graduate — a higher proportion of low-income and first generation-students, and more students from diverse backgrounds, the researchers found in the study, Defining Access: How Test-Optional Works.
“Our research clearly demonstrates that these students graduate often at a higher rate,” said Steve Syverson, an assistant vice chancellor at the University of Washington Bothell, and co-author of the study.


After three decades, is Chernobyl now a haven for wildlife?

The overgrown exclusion zone is teeming with animals. Populations of animals such as wild boar, roe deer, and wolves have rebounded immensely, according to a study published Monday in the journal Current Biology.
Humans leaving the area could have been the best thing for these animals, says study author Jim Smith of the University of Portsmouth in the UK. “That’s not saying radiation is good for animals, but human habitation, occupation, agriculture, forestry is worse,” he says in an interview.


Why Restaurants Love Buffets Even More Than You Do

When it comes to food, time-crunched Americans love variety, speed and low prices, which is precisely why they love a good buffet. For decades, savvy restaurant owners have been cashing in on the buffet boom — not just all-you-can-eat chains like Golden Corral or China Buffet, but regular a la carte restaurants that choose to offer a weekday lunch or Sunday brunch buffet.


5 Things Casual Marvel Fans Should Know Before “Infinity War”

While this ambitious endgame event will definitely draw out every ink-stained comics lover this weekend, there’s no reason to be intimidated just because you haven’t seen all the previous movies in the series. Here’s everything casual fans need to know before attempting to wrap their heads around Avengers: Infinity War.


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