“ Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ”

Marie Curie

09/21/2018

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What can octopuses & ecstasy reveal about human social behavior?

By studying the genome of a kind of octopus not known for its friendliness toward its peers, then testing its behavioral reaction to a popular mood-altering drug called MDMA or “ecstasy,” scientists say they have found preliminary evidence of an evolutionary link between the social behaviors of the sea creature and humans, species separated by 500 million years on the evolutionary tree.

 

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