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Puppies Are Born Ready to Communicate With Humans | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

A new study finds very young dogs with little human contact can understand pointing gestures—and that the ability has a strong genetic basis

By Alex Fox smithsonianmag.com
June 3, 2021

A young puppy responds to a human pointing to a treat during an experiment conducted by scientists at the University of Arizona. (Canine Companions for Independence)

Dog owners might not be too impressed when they’re able to point out a fallen piece of chicken or a thrown stick to their pooch, but dogs’ ability to follow that seemingly simple gesture places them in rare air in the animal kingdom.

Some research suggests that even chimpanzees, our closest evolutionary relatives, don’t understand pointing as well as dogs.

For decades, researchers have debated whether dogs obtain their ability to understand pointing by spending time with humans and learning it or if our furry companions are born with a capacity to comprehend this deceptively complex feat of communication.

Source: Puppies Are Born Ready to Communicate With Humans | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

Remembering the Fallen in Photographs | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

May 25, 2018 by Kristi Finefield

Grave decorated on Decoration Day. Photo by Arthur S. Siegel, 1943 June. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d30357

One of the most enduring traditions of Memorial Day is the decoration of the graves of fallen service members with such items as flowers and American flags.

This annual day of commemoration was at one time referred to as Decoration Day because of this practice. My grandmother grew up in the deep South, where tradition held that you took an annual pilgrimage to your family cemetery, which in their case required a road trip to southern Arkansas, to clean and decorate the graves of all of your ancestors.

This tradition may have inspired the post Civil War movement to decorate the graves of those who died in military service. While the holiday was referred to as both Decoration Day and Memorial Day for decades, Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971 and is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Gestures of respect and commemoration on Memorial Day are made in acts both small and large, personal and ceremonial. Gratitude for the sacrifice and service of millions of American men and women takes place in all parts of the world, in countries where service members fell fighting as well as at memorials in the United States. Journey to the graves in Arlington National Cemetery, in small rural cemeteries and in foreign lands, and travel to battlefields and memorials where many are named and remembered through the images below.

Source: Remembering the Fallen in Photographs | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity | The New Yorker

A brave band of scholars set out to save us from racism and sexism. What happened?

By Louis Menand, August 19, 2019

The celebrated cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, photographed in 1930.Photograph from Irving Browning / The New-York Historical Society / Getty

Editor’s note: Includes audio of article…

Not that long ago, Margaret Mead was one of the most widely known intellectuals in America.

Her first book, “Coming of Age in Samoa,” published in 1928, when she was twenty-six, was a best-seller, and for the next fifty years she was a progressive voice in national debates about everything from sex and gender to nuclear policy, the environment, and the legalization of marijuana. (She was in favor—and this was in 1969.)

She had a monthly column in Redbook that ran for sixteen years and was read by millions. She advised government agencies, testified before Congress, and lectured on all kinds of subjects to all kinds of audiences.

She was Johnny Carson’s guest on the “Tonight Show.” Time called her “Mother to the World.” In 1979, the year after she died, President Jimmy Carter awarded her the Medal of Freedom.

Source: How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity | The New Yorker

The Wolf Song | Video

The Wolf Song, from Youtube…

THE WOLF SONG – Nordic Lullaby – Vargsången

28,596,471 views | Mar 2, 202 | Sweden

Jonna Jinton, 3.57M subscribers

This is my version of the lullaby from “Ronja Rövardotter / Ronia the robbers daugther” written by our most loved Swedish writer, Astrid Lindgren , whose books have been read for children all over the world.

This song from the movie has always been very dear to me, especially as I was a child. But still now, as an adult, I feel so much for this song. For a long time now I wanted to make my own version of it, and make some small changes in the melody. What do you think? 🙂

I really hope you will enjoy my version of this song! The Swedish lyrics and translation can be found both further down here in the description, or in the subtitles of the video.

From creator’s notes, YouTube…

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTmatjyd4KM

‘Last Man Standing’: Tim Allen, More Discuss The End of the Series – Variety

By Antonio Ferme

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After nine seasons and 194 episodes, the long-running sitcom “Last Man Standing” is ending on May 20.

The series follows Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), a happily married father of three daughters who finds himself the odd man out as he tries to maintain his manliness in a home surrounded by women.

In the Variety Streaming Room presented by 20th Television and Fox Entertainment, Variety senior editor Michael Schneider spoke to the cast and crew of “Last Man Standing” about the end of the series.

The conversation included executive producer and star Allen, actors Hector Elizondo and Nancy Travis, executive producer and showrunner Kevin Abbott and executive producer Matt Berry.

Editor’s note: See below link to see the video…

https://variety.com/video/last-man-standing-cast-crew-talk-series-ending/

Editor’s note: Read more at the link below…

Source: ‘Last Man Standing’: Tim Allen, More Discuss The End of the Series – Variety