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Wolves better at counting than dogs

For canines, considering quantities is an important skill to master when searching for food or determining whether you’re outnumbered against a rival pack, for example. And new research shows that wolves are better at counting than dogs, their domesticated counterparts.

Researchers claim that during the domestication process, dogs lost this ability, making wolves better at discriminating between quantities.

Though this skill can be seen among other social species, like lions, chimpanzees and hyenas, a team from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna chose to focus on dogs and wolves. In 2012, researchers Friederike Range and Zsofia Virányi showed that wolves are capable of counting different food quantities, and wanted to see if dogs demonstrated this same intelligence.

During their latest study, they tested 13 crossbreed dogs raised at the Wolf Science Center in Ernstbrunn, Austria.

The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Researchers placed pieces of cheese into two opaque tubes - one on the left and another on the right - and tested the dogs to see which could correctly identify the tube with more cheese. By pressing the correct corresponding buzzer, the animals were rewarded with the cheese from that tube.

"We deliberately performed the test in such a way that the dogs never saw the full quantity of food at once. We showed them the pieces sequentially. This allows us to exclude the possibility that the dogs were basing their decisions on simple factors such as overall volume. The dogs had to mentally represent the number of pieces in a tube," first author Range explained in a statement.

After comparing these results with their previous wolf test from two years ago, the researchers concluded that dogs are unable to tell the difference between two or three pieces of cheese versus four.

"Dogs are better able to discriminate the quantities of food when they can see them in their entirety," Range explained. "But this requires no mental representation."

It’s possible, the authors add, that humans can be blamed for the loss of this skill. If dogs can depend on us providing their food rather than having to search for it, then there’s no need to count.

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SHINee’s Jonghyun to make a solo debut next month

It has been reported that SHINee’s Jonghyun will be joining the list of SM Entertainment artists to make a solo debut as it has been reported the idol will making a release sometime next month.

Following in the footsteps of fellow member Taemin and Super Junior’sKyuhyun and Super Junior-M’s Zhoumi, Jonghyun will be bringing fans fresh material with his debut. However, the exact details of his solo work in terms of concept and style have been kept a mystery as of now.

SM Entertainment has previously teased that they will be introducing many solo debuts in the coming year.

In the meantime, SHINee has been busy with various activities as they recently shared some behind the scenes footage of a photoshoot with THE SAEM Cosmetic.

Source: Sports Donga

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Star Wars - Xehanort Strikes Back! - Star Wars in Kingdom Hearts III

With hype from the first trailer of Star Wars Episode VII settling, the possibility of seeing the George Lucas conglomerate in the realm of Kingdom Hearts isn’t as far-fetched as it has been. Disney now owns Marvel and Lucasfilms, opening the minds of fans to numerous possibilities of cross-overs from a giant encyclopedia of characters from different universes. So, why can’t Sora fight against the Dark Side with the Skywalkers?

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Luke Evans travels to Bilbao, Spain to be with Jon Kortajarena

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Jon Kortajarena, one of the most international models of Spain, has been appointed Bilbaíno illustrious, an appointment that you are full of pride, and that did not want to miss the American actor Luke Evans, who, very discreet, and in the background, saw the happy ceremony. Once completed it was not possible photographed together…..

The Welsh actor smiling during the ceremony:

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Bilbabo Mayor Ibon Areso, chaired this institutional reception, held in the Arab Hall of the Town Hall, which were also recognized Eneko Atxa, Txomin Bereziartua, Ramón Barea and Carmen Mijangos:

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Everyone’s got a loose idea of what’s supposed to happen, and the show will always have to pause to accommodate network requirements like commercials and timeslots, but outside of those pesky little interruptions, Ferguson’s Late Late Show is just an informal gathering. It’s comfortable and fun. That’s an element of late-night television that I’ll be sad to see disappear.

In a sea of polished, veneered, and tightly scheduled shows fronted by well-dressed clowns, Ferguson was human and without artifice.

And that’s respectable, even if he would never claim to resemble an embodiment of the term.

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Tonight, Craig Ferguson will end his nearly decade long run as host of The Late Late Show on CBS.

As he prepares to hang up his hosting duties, Ferguson admits that it’s with mixed emotions, saying, “Part of me is excited to be done, but it’s also like if you live in an apartment or house for a long time. You’re happy or you’re sad there and life goes its course over ten years, but when you leave that place, you get nostalgic about it. Even the bad stuff…you get sweet about it.

Explaining his decision to leave the show, Ferguson said, “You know when you write something and you don’t know when it’s going to be finished and then you get to he end and you go, ‘oh fuck,’ it’s done. That’s what it’s like. But, the thing is, I think I’ve reached all of the corners of this box and I need to change boxes.””

Ferguson harkened back to how it all begin, explaining, “I filled in a few times for Craig Kilborn a few times and after the second time doing that I said, ‘Give me a week of this and I’ll fucking nail it.”

At that time, little did Ferguson know that he would eventually be tapped to be the regular host of the show and he admits that his stint got off to a bit a rocky start. “The first show is a bit of a blur. There were no test shows. The executive producer just kept telling me it’ll be alright and he kept saying, ‘it really doesn’t matter what you do tonight because you have to do it again tomorrow. ‘“He laughed and added, “Yeah, he was a reassuring presence.”

Ferguson’s level of fear about doing the show has clearly diminished a bit as he revealed, “I remember I that before those early shows had to go for a run to get rid of the excess energy. Now I wake up from a nap before the show. I used to be constricted with fear and now I’m like ‘are we on?’”

Although he became increasingly more comfortable doing the show, Ferguson felt the need to continually evaluate the best way to be funny about what he perceived were definitely not comedic situations. “I remember when Britney Spears had that very obvious mental breakdown.  Coincidentally, I was 15 years sober that weekend. It just struck me as someone who was in a desperate part of their life and it was being mocked and I still feel if there were cameras around at the time of my spectacular last couple of years of my drinking, it would be hard to get anyone to take me seriously after that. I felt terrible for her and looking back it does seem to me that that was a fork in the road for the show. I could have piled on with some very good jokes about that or I could try to not do that and try to follow some kind of more dignified path for me. I think there are people who handle that sort of stuff very well but your heart has to be in it and my heart wasn’t in it and I didn’t want to do it. That was a point where the show was starting to change a bit as well. Twitter and the internet are very good at reminding you when you fuck up, but I tried in my own way to kind of follow that path as much as possible.”

The struggle to stay true to his mantra seemed, for Ferguson, to be fought on a daily basis. “It became increasingly difficult at times when…where do you draw the line? Like, someone goes nuts with a gun. What do I say about that? It got difficult to decide what was bad enough to warrant me talking about it. Every September 11th I was like, ‘what the fuck am I going to do today.’”

A particularly tough time for Ferguson came when his father passed away.

“It was a year into the show. CBS wasn’t going to force me to do a show, it was my choice, so I phoned my mother, and she said, ‘your father would have said, go to work,’ and he would have but I couldn’t talk about  things like, ‘how about those play-offs,’ and so I just talked about him.”

In the competitive world of late night television, Ferguson admits that The Late Late Show didn’t contain cutting-edge material every night, saying, “Really, in all fairness, I don’t think we kept it fresh on all shows. We can all pretend that every show was great, but they weren’t. Sometimes you get into ruts. Sometimes I would tell my wife, ‘I can’t fucking do this anymore,’ but you just keep going. The saving grace is that most people that come on talk shows are really interesting, even the ones that are in a mental straightjacket of their own fame, you tickle them a little and they free up a bit. As long as I enjoyed the conversations or the sketches I thought it would be alright.”

Talking about what he considered to be some defining moments on the show, Ferguson explained, “I think it’s hard to say, there are so many shows. I think maybe the first one. It used to happen, and it still does, I would go out to do the monologue and there are lights and people and I would  think, ‘this is a long way from where I’m from.’ Sometimes, like when I’m having a laugh with William Shatner, I’m thinking, ‘he’s fucking Captain Kirk!’ He’s saying my name and knowing who I am and having a laugh with me and I’m thinking, ‘what the hell!’ It’s incredible. It’s a very surreal thing.”

After closing out The Late Late Show, Ferguson is moving on to producing and hosting the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game and possibly returning to his roots on stage, admitting, “I really like to do stand up comedy. For me it’s almost relaxing”.

As he prepared to tape his last show, Ferguson confessed to one major regret, admitting, “At the beginning I wanted [author] Kurt Vonnegut to do the show. We approached him but he was in New York and we do the show in Los Angeles. Now, we would have said, ‘ok we’re going to have to go to New York to get him,’ but that was the first year. I missed him because he passed away and that’s a shame. I think we would have gotten on famously.”

Taking over after Ferguson’s departure will be British, Tony-winning actor James Corden. Ferguson reached out to him with some advice. “I called him after I heard that he got the job. He said, ‘I’m so frightened,’ and I said, ‘of what? I was the 8th banana on The Drew Carey Show before this. You’re a mega star compared me. It’s fine, I’ve set the bar very low.’”

It’s been a pretty decent year for Hozier, some might say. OK, so it’s actually been a rather mind-blowing, incredible 12 months for him.

Born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, the 24-year-old Irish singer-songwriter has rocketed to international acclaim on the heels of his breakout single “Take Me to Church.” And he won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

It was only in March of this year that I saw Hozier perform for a small crowd during SXSW at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin. He still remembers that show “because it was different and away from all of the craziness of South By.”

Unfortunately for fans—but not so much for Hozier—small, intimate shows like that aren’t on his itinerary for the foreseeable future.

Speaking with me before heading to Lollapalooza in Chicago, Hozier reflects on just how much things have changed in such a short amount of time. A year ago, he was largely unknown outside of Ireland. “It’s crazy,” he says. “It’s one of those things where you keep waiting to wake up.”

His rise over the past few months meant that he also had to spend his 24th birthday—which happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day—in Los Angeles. And while it was hard being away from home, Hozier admits it definitely had its perks.

“I had a gig the night of the 17th,” he recalls. “So I went out on the 16th a little but on the actual day, I did the show and the crowd knew so they sang me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Well, after that—my manager is good friends with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, so I ended up having a few drinks with Joe while he told stories. It was incredible, a great way to spend a birthday. And I also experienced my first earthquake that day. I didn’t know what was going on, feeling the earth literally shaking under me. I don’t recommend that.”

Since then, Hozier has had his share of other “incredible” moments. From massive festival crowds to performing Saturday Night Live to having his first album debut at No. 2 in America, the singer continues nabbing key benchmarks and reaching bigger audiences. In fact, his fall North American tour sold out before it even began, prompting him to add an entirely new tour for early next year.

As his profile swiftly rises in the States, Hozier acknowledges he’s a shining example of the power of the Internet, which enables unknown singers in County Wicklow, Ireland, to essentially share their talent with the world.

“It’s powerful; there’s no denying that,” he admits. “I remember the day when someone first told me ‘Take Me to Church’ had hit the top page on Reddit. I didn’t even know. We had uploaded it to YouTube and someone who was an acquaintance of my brother put it up on Reddit, just saying his friend has a brother who made this video. I guess he thought it was pretty good. And then suddenly we were getting like 10,000 views an hour. I remember that night when I first found out, it was kind of scary and overwhelming. I stayed up all night just watching the hits, just in awe.”

While his own success has been quick, Hozier insists it’s also been important for him to know when not to rush things.

“I was always glad I took my time with my first EP,” he says. “I was in the middle of other projects and I could have given in and rushed myself but I waited until I was close to it and I felt good about it. I didn’t want to release something unless I could proudly stand over it and say, ‘Here you go.’ If you’re putting your name on it, take the time and do it right. That’s how you grow.”

"If you’re putting your name on it, take the time and do it right. That’s how you grow.”

As for putting his name on something, Hozier was met with a bit of a challenge back in July when British girl band Neon Jungle released an album featuring covers of “Take Me to Church” and BANKS’ “Waiting Game,” months before the original artists’ own albums arrived.

“There are many ways to look at it,” Hozier laments. “I know it even happened to Bob Dylan with several of his songs. But it’s entirely legal because the song has been published already. It’s a shame that Neon Jungle isn’t writing their own stuff, and while I’m flattered, it would have been nice to properly release it myself on my own album. I feel more for BANKS because I think she was completely blindsided. But she is such a unique artist. I mean, wow. No one can do it like BANKS. She’s inimitable really. Or at least that’s how I see it.”

In many ways, Hozier’s album is truly a snapshot from his vantage point. Although told through the lenses of what he describes as “characters,” the singer’s sentiments are still reflected. That’s abundantly clear in “Take Me to Church,” a sort of “losing your religion song which also happens to be about sex and love.”

The video, which has racked up more than 15 million YouTube views in just over a year, focuses on a relationship between two young men and takes aim at homophobia, inspired specifically by Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws in Russia and the extremists who have resorted to violent acts against the country’s gay youth.

“They call themselves ‘Occupy Pedophelia’ and they’re luring young kids with fake social media profiles,” the singer explains with urgency. “Then they show up and trap them and kick the shit out of these 15-year-old kids, terrorize them basically. And they post the videos online to humiliate them and out them. For some of these kids, who are already so vulnerable, being outed in a small Russian village could mean death.”

The clip has elicited a passionate response from those who share Hozier’s convictions and many who do not. And while he wasn’t necessarily trying to spark controversy, he suggests the same-sex marriage debate emboldens the similarities between government and religion.

"They’ll tell you, ‘Love the sinner, but hate the sin.’ There’s no room for love and for compassion.”

“One way of maintaining yourself as a powerful entity is to have people feel powerless and afraid, so that they’re unable to see their true potential and worth,” the singer explains. “Russia and China are the extreme, but the more power the entity has, the less power the people have. And it’s the same in Ireland and even America for the church. They’re not going around beating gay kids, but they’ll tell you, ‘Love the sinner, but hate the sin.’ There’s no room for love and for compassion.”

As Hozier’s music continues to resonate with new fans, it’s likely this is only the beginning of a lengthy career. But the young singer is making sure not to get ahead of himself.

“There’s a lot I still don’t know,” he admits. “When you’re playing the same stages your heroes played—and in some cases, on the same day—it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. I’m grateful people are giving this kid from a small Irish town a chance, but I’m also trying to remind myself not to take any of it for granted and keep focusing ahead.”

I find it quite difficult to think that there’s, you know, like 20 million people listening to my album that I wrote very selfishly to get over a breakup; I didn’t write it being like ‘this is gonna be a hit’. So the fact that so many people are interested in that, and wanna cry to it, or wanna feel strong to it, or whatever, I find really… it’s just little old me. - Adele

Hoya’s admiration for African-Americans

‘Because African-Americans have good physical bodies, good elasticity/flexibility during dancing, and good vibrations while singing, I was jealous and purposely went to go eat hamburgers with my hyungs who danced and learned slang that black people use.

It was to the point that once during puberty, I asked my mom, ‘Why aren’t I black?’ My mom’s answer? ‘Because I’m not black.’

Recently while filming the music video for ‘She’s Back’ I got a natural tan. Everyone didn’t like that they got burned, but I was the only happy one. I can almost say that my role models are black people.’

it’s kiiiindda cool that Hoya is that much into black culture. He comes from a country that generally sees dark skin as bad and black people as dangerous. How he got to looking up to blacks as role models is endearing and fuckin’ awesome.

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From his frequent hand-puppet-delivered openings to his wildly irreverent sketches (his grotesquely costumed Prince Charles was a personal favourite) to his inclusion of pantomime horse Secretariat into the running gag stream, Ferguson was willing to take The Late Late Show’s comedy to the far borders of silliness.

But when it came to the meat of the show, Ferguson distanced himself from his late-night contemporaries by actually bringing substance to the “talk” portion of the talk-show equation. Every night, with every guest, Ferguson made a point of ripping up the prepared note/question cards and, by doing so, inviting his visitors to engage in an actual conversation rather that a series of pre-selected promotional talking points.

Nobody else in late night — at least, nobody since The Late Late Show’s original (1995-99) host, Tom Snyder — has been as good at making small talk entertaining. He asks questions, and then he actually listens to his guests’ answers and allows the conversation to follow its natural course, in ways that are usually funny but can also be heartfelt, emotional and enlightening.

—  (x)
SHINee's Jonghyun reported to make his solo debut next month

It’s been reported that SHINee's Jonghyun is also set to make his solo debut, adding fuel to the rumors fans have been whispering about for a few months now.

In a report by media outlet Sports Donga, it was mentioned that Jonghyun is set to follow fellow member Taemin by releasing a solo album next month! Although the songs he will be releasing are being kept under wraps, it’s known that the tunes will highlight his vocal ability.

In addition to Jonghyun, the report also brought up previously mentioned names up for solo debut like CNBLUE's Yonghwa - whom we know has been working on his solo album for a while now, f(x)'s Amber - whom SM confirmed was set for a solo debut, as well as After School's Lizzy - who was previously reported to come out with a trot song.

Yonghwa and Jonghyun are said to be up first with solo debuts in January, and Amber and Lizzy will follow in February. 

Stay tuned for more details or confirmation to come!

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think of it i actually like how men sit with their legs spread like fucking whores taking up space they think they’re fucking entitled to coz you get a nice view and if theyre jerks you have a perfect opening for a direct punch in the dick

[TRANSLATION] Baekhyun - The Celebrity January 2015 issue

Baekhyun poured out many stories, including the last time he went to the movies, the big wish he has for the new year, and that he feels down when it snows or rains. December 1st, that day in particular , it snowed suddenly and loudly. Baekhyun continually drank in the snow with his mouth and hurriedly continued his story, in Deoksugung on that day.

Q. It’s snowing. 
B: This is the first snow this season right?

Q. Yes it is. Do you like it when it snow?
B: No, when it snows or rains I feel downcast without realising it. So on those days, as much as I can, I like to stay home. The sky is dreary, the ground is mushy, whew. 

Q. Then do you go out often on clear days?
B: Haha, no. In fact, it’s been a while since I’ve even gone to see a movie. The last film I saw as <Iron Man>, I think. I don’t enjoy going to places with large crowds. 

Q. But Seoul is too busy and complicated city. 
B: That’s true. The first impression I had of Seoul was also like that. Except for field trips, the first time I “really” came to Seoul was after I became a trainee. Back then I thought, “Oh, Seoul looks like this.” 

Q. Where was your first Seoul outing? 
B: The first place I went was probably Apgujeong. I remember thinking “Oh, it’s so complicated.” the buildings were packed so close together, it felt more stuffy than my native Bucheon, and I worried if I could live here for a long time.

Q. Do you feel Apgujeong differently now?
B: No, I feel the same. It’s still complex, and also…mm…

Q. Also?
B: It feels sophisticated and fancy, but also kind of lonely. A lot of elements and emotions intersect there.  

Q. You bear that kind of expression on your face when you’re deep in thought or feeling about something.
B: What? 

Q. Just now, when you said “…mm…”, it looked for a moment as if you were in a different world. For example, you looked like you did when getting into the emotion before you sang “I Truly Didn’t Know” at KBS Immortal Song.
B: Really? Haha…I fit songs myself, so I guess my own facial expressions come out on stage.  

Q. What do you mean by fitting songs to yourself?
B: People have different styles of singing. There are some people who check each measure and breath of the original song, copying it exactly, then making it into their own; some people come to understand the feeling of the original singer by singing it themselves. I’m the later type. I feel that I must understand the feeling, and then reinterpret it in a different way as I sing it. 

Q. What kind of singer do you wish to be?
B: A singer that communicates a message. Vocalisation is important, making pretty sound is important, but most of all, when you sing there must be a story you want to tell. Even if the notes sometime go shaky, I want to put meaning into my singing. Rather than thinking “I’ll bend this note here and use this technique here”, I try to sing with the goal of moving people’s hearts, even just one. 

Q. What kind of year was 2014 for Baekhyun? 
B: This year was especially not an easy one for all of us. With just a little thought, difficult and sad things come to mind - so many things happened.

Q. Was it difficult through and through?  
B: No. There was no single day without a meaning. We had our first solo concert as EXO, and within the bonds of EXO I communicated with EXO members and fans. I learned how thankful a thing it is to do something together with people that I love, and with people that love us.

Q. Do you have a wish for 2015?
B: It’s so simple, but also so difficult. I want all people of the world to be happy, unconditionally. 

Q. It that all?
B: Yes, that is all. Really. 

CREDIT: WILDHONEY_B

Dakota Johnson #8 on Just Jared's Most Popular Actresses 2014!

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Dakota Johnson gets number #8 on JustJared Most Popular Actresses 2014! Her position has been decided by the fans, readers and all the people who commented and mentioned the American actress on social networks.

10. Emma Stone
9. Blake Lively
8. Dakota Johnson
7. Michelle Rodriguez
6. Jennifer Aniston
5. Vanessa Hudgens
4. Kristen Stewart
3. Mila Kunis
2. Jennifer Lawrence
1. Angelina Jolie

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Yongguk!...

…. What about the time he slickly inserted “Martin Luther King” into his rap? (For those of you who haven’t looked up the “One Shot” lyric, he says, “Shine the light like Martin Luther King.”) Something tells me he’s brushed up on his black history!

As for the music he likes, he explains in an interview with Elle Girl magazine:

I like Anthony Hamilton. The one I most remember is the performance Musiq Soulchild did in Korea. News about the performance came up on a black music site, but I was burdened because the tickets were expensive and it was prior to our debut. But they were doing an event through Twitter. They said if you post a review for the album that came out at that time, they would pick 3 people and give out tickets. So I put a lot of effort in writing it before I slept. And I was picked for it and I told my company and went there very proudly. (laughs) [—-]

Seeing how in the Korean music industry they love our music, says a lot about them, rather you want to believe it or not. Speaking from personal experiences, usually when someone loves Hip Hop, R&B, Blues, Rap…Black people music basically :),  there’s a HUGE chance they are also attracted to Black women if not all, then a lot of them. So if you wonder, ”I wonder if he likes Black women?” ask yourself what has he said in an interview or anything, that has anything to do with Black people…or Black people music, then there is that chance!…trust me ^_^