Firefighters Rescue Bucket Full of Tiny Ducklings After They Fell Through the Holes of a Drainage Pipe:
These ducklings were so tiny, that they fell through the gaps in a street’s drain cover while waddling toward an English park. Neil McIvor was cleaning up litter with his volunteer group in Stamford, Lincolnshire when he raised the alarm. Firefighters were then able to pry open the heavy drain and scoop up the brood, before giving them a rinse in a metal bucket. Because many potholes fill with water, the mother duck “sometimes takes her ducklings for a wash in the puddles.” As a result, when the mother gets washed away into the drain, the other ducklings follow. Now the mother and her ducklings are safe, cleaned up, and living their lives cheeping away as they go to the park where they reside.
Pink Floyd Reunites to Record First New Material in 28 years – a Protest Song Against the Ukraine War:
Three-fifths of Pink Floyd have reunited to release a protest song against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, their first new track in 28 years. Entitled Hey Hey, Rise Up! David Gilmour described the track as a show of “anger at a superpower invading a peaceful nation,” and features a Ukrainian musician singing the chorus refrain. David Gilmour is joined by drummer Nick Mason, long-time bassist Guy Pratt, and a new entry as Nitin Sahwney joins up with the keyboard. Work began on the song seven weeks ago, after Gilmour saw Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band Boombox standing in Kyiv’s Sofia Square armed and dressed for battle against the Russian army. In an Instagram video, Khlyvnyk was singing The Red Viburnum In The Meadow, a song from the First World War. In a strange coincidence, Gilmour had shared a stage many acts removed with Boombox when they played a London benefit gig for the Belarus Free Theatre. The great guitarist wanted to sample his singing in Hey Hey, Rise Up! Protest is all well and good, but the band hopes it will also be a morale booster to the people of Ukraine and a call to peace.
Constructive Feedback Is Surprisingly Welcome – So ‘Just do it’:\
People consistently underestimate others’ desire for constructive feedback and therefore don’t provide it, even when it could improve another person’s performance on a task, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Constructive feedback is instrumental for aiding learning and performance, and research has shown that people commonly report wanting this type of feedback, according to the researchers. However, despite wanting constructive feedback themselves, people often avoid giving it to others. In a pilot study conducted by the researchers, only 2.6% of participants informed a tester of a visible smudge on his or her face (e.g., chocolate, lipstick, or red marker) during a survey. Previous research suggests a reason for this is fear of negative outcomes, but Abi-Esther and her team at Harvard theorize that people underestimate the value of their input also. To test their theory, the researchers conducted a series of five experiments involving 1,984 participants to measure how much people underestimate others’ desire for constructive feedback. In all five of these experiments, people underestimated their ability to give feedback and this underestimation increased as the magnitude of possible negative outcomes grew. However, with simple perspective-shifting questions such as “If you were this person, would you want feedback?” the likelihood of someone viewing their feedback as useful increased and people were more likely to give their perspective.