When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extroverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species — specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly as different from humans as an animal can be. The results of their experiment, in which seven octopuses took MDMA, were "unbelievable."
Everyday it feels like science fiction and reality slide ever closer together. In the latest edition of "could this happen," scientists have published a new study that weighs building massive berms to protect receding Antarctic glaciers.