(CNN)When humans first began settling in the Galapagos Islands nearly two centuries ago, they brought house cats. Those cats hunted finches, scaring the small birds who were unused to the predator. A decade ago, the cat population was largely removed but the finches still act as if they are in danger, puzzling scientists. "It suggests the behavior could be hereditary, but it could also be other things such as learning or cultural transmission of behavior," said Kiyoko Gotanda, a zoologist at the University of Cambridge. The finches' fearful responses, which scientists call anti-predator behavior, now pose a threat to their survival, according to a Gotanda's study, which was published Wednesday in the Journal of Animal Ecology. Darwin's finches Read More Humans settled on the Galapagos archipelago, famed for its rich biodiversity that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, in the early 19th century. Apart from cats, settlers also introduced invasive species like rats, … [Read more...] about Is fear hereditary? Darwin’s frightened Galapagos finches suggest the answer is yes
The last extension didn’t help, but why not try again? Photo: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Images The European Union agreed in the wee hours of Thursday morning to postpone the Brexit deadline to October 31, giving the U.K. up to six more months to finalize the terms of its departure from the bloc and averting a no-deal crash-out tomorrow night. Under the terms of the flexible extension, agreed upon after hours of contentious talks at an emergency summit of European leaders in Brussels, the U.K. can leave before the end of October if the withdrawal agreement previously negotiated between Prime Minister Theresa May and her continental counterparts is ratified. If and when that happens, the U.K. will leave the E.U. on the first day of the following month. If the U.K. has not ratified the agreement by May 22, it must participate in the elections for a new European Parliament scheduled for May 23–26; if it fails to do so, it will leave the union with no deal on June 1. … [Read more...] about U.K. Gets More Time to Mess Up Brexit, and Maybe the E.U.
Nicolas Maduro speaks during a military parade on April 13, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Marco Bello/Getty Images When Juan Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared Nicolás Maduro’s government illegitimate and claimed the presidency, he assured his backers abroad that the rank and file of the country’s armed forces were on his side and would turn on the regime in a matter of weeks, as his popular uprising gained momentum. That was in January. Nearly three months later, while Guaidó’s protest movement continues and about 1,500 Venezuelan soldiers have defected to neighboring countries, the pace of defections has slowed and the military remains solidly aligned with Maduro. For both Guaidó and the Trump administration, that’s a problem, because the military is the final guarantor of Maduro’s job security and will ultimately decide whether he stays or goes. So far, it seems to have decided that he stays, … [Read more...] about Venezuela’s Maduro Doesn’t Appear to Be Going Anywhere. What Now?
AUSTIN, Texas — Alex Jones suffered a dramatic defeat in his custody battle Thursday night in a trial that questioned both Jones’ future visitation of his children and the legitimacy of his performances on InfoWars, his conspiracy-theory website and talk show. The couple will receive joint custody and Kelly Jones, the ex-wife of the InfoWars host, will have the right to decide who the children live with. The jury ruled 10-2 in Kelly’s favor following 10 hours of deliberation at the end of the nine-day trial. Jones had previously been joint managing conservator and the three children lived at his residence. Kelly saw them sparingly, only five times so far this year, her attorneys said. A central question in the case, and the main reason for wider interest in what is essentially a child-custody case, has been whether or not Alex’s off-air persona is the same as what viewers have seen on InfoWars—or if he is merely a kind-hearted, doting, and soft-spoken … [Read more...] about InfoWars’ Alex Jones Loses Custody Case, Ex-Wife Wins Right to Decide Where Children Live
Blanchard Pinto, a supervisor on Proterra’s electric bus assembly line in City of Industry, had never considered joining a union in his nine years with the company.That changed on the day before Halloween, when his bosses invited him and his co-workers to a meeting with the United Steelworkers Local 675. Pinto was wary at first. In his experience working for other companies, management usually tried to avert unionization at all costs. On top of that, the majority of Local 675’s existing members work at oil refineries across L.A. — not exactly natural allies for Proterra, whose business model requires public transit agencies across the country to ditch fossil fuels for greener battery-powered vehicles.But Steelworkers reps convinced him they understood the need to move to a carbon-neutral economy and were serious about helping their oil industry members survive the transition. And Proterra’s leadership seemed surprisingly amenable to the union drive. … [Read more...] about Electric bus workers in L.A. unionize — with the support of their Silicon Valley CEO