FROM David Grimm
From Wildcats to Housecats It’s easy to forget that the purring little feline curled up on your lap is descended from fierce, wild beasts. We know that cats and humans started to cohabitate about 10,000 years ago, but scientists still don’t know exactly how that happened. A recent study of the cat genome, however, may shed some light on what drove this transformation.
Canine Communication and the Hidden Language of Dogs at Play In the mid-1800's, Charles Darwin postulated that dogs could think and even communicate with each other, guided by certain rules of morality. Other scientists scoffed at the idea until a recent, serious study of dogs at play. It turns out that dogs recognize honesty and deceit, show compassion, and ostracize other dogs that don't play by the rules. In some ways, they outsmart our closest relatives — chimpanzees. That's according to a new field of animal research, discussed in Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs. The author is David Grimm, deputy news editor at Science magazine.
'Citizen Canine' When Ron Callan Jr. died in 2007 he left an estate of over 2 million dollars. But it wasn’t the money, or the boat, or the rare wine collection that his surviving family members fought over, it was 13-year-old Alex. Callan's mother, ex-girlfriend, fiance, and father all took to the courts to fight for the right to care for Alex. And the custody battle was so heated that the judge appointed a lawyer to look out for Alex’s best interests. Par for the course? Yes, if Alex was a child… not a golden retriever.
Can Cats Be Trained? Here's one of the world's great mysteries: why do cats scratch on the back door to get you to open it, and then when you do, they just stand in the doorway and do nothing? What are they thinking? What is going on there? Scientists say, we might never know, because cats are the most uncooperative research subjects ever. David Grimm, Deputy News Editor at Science, is the author of the new book Citizen Canine : Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.