Reappraisal: Neither hero nor villain; just human. " 'He may deserve a lot more credit than he is getting...' ": "Newly uncovered documents reveal that President Franklin D. Roosevelt worked quietly in the late 1930s to find havens for European Jews, contradicting the view that he ignored their plight in the years leading up to the Holocaust."
Aghast: BBC journalist criticizes Cairo traffic, where 'nearly every vehicle carries the scars of battle': "Egyptians, it seems, only use wing mirrors for the angle they afford on the carnage behind them."
Beat: New study suggests that dogs and cats can't dance, but some birds (and maybe elephants!) can.
"The truly boppin' animals shared with people some ability to mimic sounds they hear, the researchers say. (Even elephants can do that). The brain circuitry for that ability lets people learn to talk, and evidently also to dance or tap their toes to music... '[T]he new research "definitely gives us a bit of insight into why and how humans became able to dance...' "