‘There Is No Battle Too Big For Us To Pick’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Makes History | Portside

On Tuesday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cemented a victory all but assured to her, officially becoming the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th Congressional District. At her watch party in a Queens nightclub, the crowd responded to the news with excited, if somewhat obligatory cheers.

Source: ‘There Is No Battle Too Big For Us To Pick’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Makes History | Portside

World’s oldest known painting, 40,000 years old, found in Borneo jungle | Uncommon Descent

A thick-bodied animal in red ocher:Researchers have found older man-made images, but these were abstract patterns, such as crisscrossing lines. The switch to figurative art represented an important shift in how people thought about the world around them — and possibly themselves. Carl Zimmer, “In

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Replaying the tape of life: Is it possible? Evolutionary biologists explore the role of history in evolution — ScienceDaily

A new review explores the complexity of evolution’s predictability in extraordinary detail. In it, researchers closely examine evidence from a number of empirical studies of evolutionary repeatability and contingency in an effort to fully interrogate ideas about contingency’s role in evolution.

Source: Replaying the tape of life: Is it possible? Evolutionary biologists explore the role of history in evolution — ScienceDaily

Decline in shorebirds linked to climate change, experts warn — ScienceDaily

Researchers have discovered that daily nest predation of shorebirds has increased threefold over the last 70 years. The data suggest the larger increase in the Arctic relative to the tropics indicates a link to climate change.

Source: Decline in shorebirds linked to climate change, experts warn — ScienceDaily

The Blue Wave that Everyone Missed: Democrats Had a Huge Win in the Midterms — But We’re Only Realizing It Now 

After the initial results from the 2018 midterm elections were tabulated this week, most observers seemed to accept the conclusion that while the Democrats had a decent but disappointing night — even as President Donald Trump and his allies implausibly treated the night as a vindication for the GOP.But the mildly despondent Democratic reaction is beginning to look misguided. The much-predicted blue wave actually did come in this week in a big way — even if few observers noticed at first.

Source: The Blue Wave that Everyone Missed: Democrats Had a Huge Win in the Midterms — But We’re Only Realizing It Now | Alternet