One of the animals rescued, a Rottweiler named Heroina, grew up to become a drug-sniffing police dog in Colombia.
The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It’s one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots.(Image credit: Tom Kleindinst/Marine Biological Laboratory)
Nature is full of drugs. For various reasons, evolutionary forces have led certain plants, fungi, and even animals to develop molecules that interact with the human brain. And while it’s not too hard to get your hands on synthetic psychedelic drugs like LSD or MDMA, many people prefer natural alternatives. Of course, just because something […]
In 2017, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton released an explosive research paper: “Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century.” Following up on research they published in 2015, the duo found that death rates for middle-aged white Americans without a college degree rose significantly between 1999 and 2015. Case and Deaton credited the increase…