Olive Growers Unintentionally Vacuum Up Millions Of Songbirds During Harvest Each Year

Between October and January of every year, millions of birds from central and northern Europe make their way south to the Mediterranean to spend their winter months in warmer conditions. But for hundreds of thousands of birds, it could be their final resting place. That’s because high-intensive automated harvesting machinery meant to strip trees of their olives during the night are unintentionally sucking up songbirds with them, according to an editorial piece written in Nature. Olives are harvested at night to help preserve their “aromatic compounds”, but roosting birds blinded by bright lights and stunned by machinery become accidental victims in the process. The Andalusian government in Spain has already put a halt to the process after it was found …

Pregnant woman’s murder shocks Chicago but experts say such cases are rare

There have been roughly 30 cases of fetal abduction cases where a mother is killed and her baby is cut from her womb Chicago authorities have filed charges in the shocking murder of a pregnant woman whose baby was cut from her womb. Experts say such cases are rare, yet common enough to have a name: fetal abduction. At a Thursday news conference, police announced first-degree murder charges against 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa and her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree. Police said Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was heading to the Figueroa house after the mother posted an offer of free baby clothes on a Facebook chatroom. They say that the daughter has confessed to helping her mother kill Ochoa-Lopez and that the mothers boyfriend, …

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

If you had a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That’s the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos. On Capitol Hill Thursday, NOAA’s acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent. That's equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago. “If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980,” Jacobs told the House Subcommittee …

Archaeologists Solve The Mystery Of Barbados’ Pigs

When English colonial invaders occupied the island of Barbados in 1627, they were surprised to find a herd of what they believed to be wild European pigs. How the animals got there was a huge mystery, as there was no reason to bring them all the way from Europe. Researchers have now discovered that the pigs seen back in the 17th century weren’t pigs at all. They were peccaries, a pig-like but genetically different mammal, which is commonly found in Central and South America. As reported in PLOS ONE, Christina Giovas, an archaeologist from Simon Fraser University in Canada discovered the jaw bone of a peccary while working on a project on the early introduction of animals to the Caribbean. “I didn’t give it …

VW Will Make Its Own Batteries to Power an Electric Future

Four years after getting caught cheating emissions standards with millions of diesel-powered cars, Volkswagen has become the most (outwardly, at least) zealous of converts to an electric future. By 2028, it intends to offer 70 battery-powered models. To make that happen, it’s retooling 16 factories to build electric cars. It’s pushing suppliers to ramp up battery production and has already locked in battery supplies for 15 million vehicles, CEO Herbert Diess told Automotive News late last year—a huge number even for a company that builds 10 million cars annually. But the conversion hasn’t been entirely smooth. Last month, reports surfaced that VW luxury arm Audi will build 10,000 fewer electric E-tron SUVs than expected, because of a battery shortage. Now, …

This Is Why Your Closed Facebook Groups Went Secret Today Betches

Ask any millennial about their favorite social media platforms, and they’ll tell you Facebook is largely dying out. It’s basically all fear-mongering and your relatives doing embarrassing sh*t on there, anyway, with the additions of political rants nobody asked for and people you haven’t spoken to since high school trying to sell you stuff you don’t want or need. What a fun place! It’s no wonder we’re all flocking to Instagram. Facebook’s one saving grace, though? Facebook groups. If you know, you know. If you don’t know, you probably think I’m some middle-aged loser. Let me tell you, Facebook groups are secretly where it’s at—they are these fun little communities (minus the hateful, racist, right-wing ones—those are terrible and scary) …

London Bridge victim ‘slipped’ before attack

Witness Erick Siguenza told the Old Bailey Ms Zelenak jumped out of the way of the crashing van before being stabbed by the driver. Gareth Patterson QC, representing the victims’ families, said she was wearing high heels and the ground was “quite wet” on the night of the attack. When asked if Ms Zelenak had lost her balance, Mr Siguenza said: “Yes. She was completely on the ground. He [Mr McMullan] just grabbed her left arm and gently tried to pick her up. “But by then the attackers were in close proximity and that’s when they started attacking.” “There was no time for him to be able to help her up because the driver and the other terrorists were already …

Alabamas abortion ban is about keeping poor women down | Emma Brockes

For the 25 white, male state senators voting for it, this is not about the foetus, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes A lot of good points were made about the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of Alabamas 25 white male lawmakers who repeal Obamacare that notional kid, not so much. And while the point was made that no one who has watched a woman struggle through labour could, in good conscience, criminalise her disinclination to do so, these arguments seemed to me bizarre, premised on the notion that the men in Alabama were acting in good faith; that they had the health of anyone but themselves in mind. No one at this point in the US abortion debate can believe that the …

LGBT lessons protests spreading

Some have also been sent from Christian parents in Kent. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLead campaigner Amir Ahmed says morally, homosexuality is not “a valid sexual relationship” Mainly Muslim families have been protesting outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham after pupils were given books featuring transgender children and gay families. Protest leader Shakeel Afsar: “All we are concerned [about] is we are having our children come home with material that contradicts our moral values.” Another protester, Amir Ahmed, said: “It’s not about gay lesbian rights and equality. This is purely about proselytising a homosexual way of life to children.” When asked if he believed children could be “recruited to be gay”, Mr Ahmed said: “You …

Does Liking Vanilla Sex Make You Bad In Bed? Betches

These are words that come out of my best girlfriend’s mouth and I try not to act absolutely horrified. It’s a typical girl’s night for my crew, so we’re getting completely wrecked over $8 bottles of Trader Joe’s wine and lamenting over the sh*tty men life has dealt us. My story for the evening was going to consist of “and then he refused to go down on me, can you believe it?!” I was going to be equal parts angry and indignant. There would be a lot of angry huffing and even more drinking. Or maybe I would talk about the guy I dated before this guy, whose idea of foreplay consisted of three minutes of finger banging and some …

I Capture The Life Of A Little Mouse Who Was Rescued From Cats Mouth

I was allowed to take photos of him two times. Once, before he was even able to open his eyes and the second time, when he had already grown a little bit. Be like Fridolin: Enjoy the little things in life and take some time to smell the flowers. #1 Mommy, Where Is My Milk? 3 reply #3 Am I The Cutest? #5 Fridolin Enjoying The Warm Sun #7 I Can Smell Summer 0 reply #10 The Ground Is So Far Away! #11 I Need More Muscles! #12 Tightrope Walking #14 Upside Down #15 Time For A Little Nap! #17 That’s Tasty #18 Flowers For Everyone! #20 That Is More Comfortable Than It Looks #22 Bed Of Flowers Original Article …

In Australia, sausages have become a symbol of election day. Here’s why

Brisbane, Australia (CNN)The night before the Western Australian state election in 2013, a group of friends sat around discussing how they would vote. But it has staked a claim to the term on social media, with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as a website which maps where Australians can buy a sausage — or sweeter options — when they fulfill their civic duty to vote. This year, the Aussie democracy sausage obsession has gone global with sizzles at consulates — including London, New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur and Vanuatu — where expats have already cast their votes. Twitter is even getting in on the act with a sausage emoji that’s automatically added to one of six hashtags, …

I Was Sober At A Music Festival & This Is What It Taught Me Betches

So I was surprised as anyone to find myself, at 10pm on Friday night at Shaky Beats festival in Atlanta, as Rüfüs Du Sol closed out day one, dead-ass sober. I guess, in order to really get the full picture, I have to back up a bit. The year was 2018. The weekend was Labor Day. The festival was Electric Zoo, one of my favorite festivals that I have been going to for the past three or four years. (I have lost count at this point.) Every year, I tell myself that I’m not going to do too many interviews and I’m just going to enjoy the festival, and every year, all three days, I get sucked into doing an …

8 Secretly Aggressive Email Phrases And When To Use Them Betches

Need more brutally honest career advice? Buy our third book, When’s Happy Hour, available now in paperback! that The worst part of email is that you never know what the f*ck people are TRYING to say. Sometimes it feels like people are trying to be so politically correct in corporate chatter that meanings get muddled. Like does following up actually mean, “why the heck did you not read my message?” (hint: yes, it does).   What’s a straightforward girl boss to do?! To help you understand all the work drams coming your way in your inbox (grab some popcorn, babes), we have gladly written out a full-on dictionary (ok, eight) secretly aggressive email phrases, and what they mean. So next time …

10,000-Year-Old Chewing Gum Found To Contain DNA From Ancient Scandinavians

You can’t get away with sticking gum to the underside of your school desk anymore, as researchers from Stockholm University have developed a technique to analyze the DNA in dried-out chewing gum in order to determine who chewed it. However, rather than using their method to identify low-level vandals, the team has managed to recreate a picture of life as a hunter-gatherer in Neolithic Scandinavia. The ancient masticates were retrieved from a Stone Age hunting and fishing site called Huseby Klev, which sits on the west coast of Sweden and was first excavated in the 1990s. Unfortunately, most of the human bones had long since degraded by the time the site was unearthed, meaning researchers couldn’t analyze any DNA from …

EasyJet defends Champions League price rises

“The whole pricing picture is very dynamic,” he said, adding that at peak booking times, EasyJet could fill a plane in six seconds. “That’s how quickly this goes and this is how the system reacts.” Mr Lundgren added: “I can understand if people think that the prices are high on this occasion, because it is higher than the average. “But there’s no doubt that this was an occasion where the prices went very high because the demand was enormous.” He maintained that in comparison with other airlines, EasyJet was still offering lower prices, despite the huge increase. What are the options? If you want to fly from Liverpool to Madrid on 31 May, it will cost you £750 one-way. There …