To impress females, Costa's hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers

Male Costa’s hummingbirds perform a high-speed dive during which they ‘sing’ to potential mates using their tail feathers. Males perform their dives to the side, rather than in front of females. UC Riverside researchers used an acoustic camera to find out why. The results are published in Current Biology. They showed that sideways dives allow males to hide the speed of their dives, perhaps enabling them to appear faster than they really are.
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Costa Rica elects young, center-left progressive by a surprisingly large margin

  1. Costa Rica elects young, center-left progressive by a surprisingly large margin  Business Insider
  2. Ruling-party candidate leads presidential race in Costa Rica that hinged on same-sex marriage  Washington Post
  3. Costa Rica’s Ruling Party Defeats Evangelical Opponent of Same-Sex Marriage in Presidential Race  TIME
  4. Costa Rica Election Hands Presidency to Governing Party Stalwart  New York Times
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Costa Rica votes in ex-minister as next president, spurns preacher rival

Costa Rica votes in ex-minister as next president, spurns preacher rivalSan José (AFP) – Costa Rica on Sunday voted for a former minister from the center-left ruling party as its next president, rejecting his rival, an ultra-conservative preacher who had campaigned strongly against gay marriage. Carlos Alvarado, a former labor minister under current President Luis Guillermo Solis, who was barred from seeking a second term, won a convincing 60.7 percent of the ballots in the run-off, electoral authorities said, based on returns from more than 90 percent of polling stations. “There is much more that unites us than divides us,” he told a cheering crowd in his victory speech, congratulating the defeated candidate.


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A divided Costa Rica votes in runoff fought over gay rights

A divided Costa Rica votes in runoff fought over gay rightsBy David Alire Garcia SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Voters in Costa Rica were deciding in an Easter Sunday runoff whether to elect conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz their next president, a result that could mark a sharp turn from the current government’s embrace of gay rights. Best known for religious dance songs and ballads, the 43-year-old former TV journalist faces the center-left ruling party candidate, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, 38, in a tight race that was roiled by a court ruling ordering the country to allow same-sex marriage. Shortly after Alvarado Munoz cast his vote at a school in the capital, San Jose, the Pentecostal singer pledged to lead a government free of bias.


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