Octopuses given mood drug ‘ecstasy’ reveal genetic link to evolution of social behaviors in humans — ScienceDaily

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.

Source: Octopuses given mood drug ‘ecstasy’ reveal genetic link to evolution of social behaviors in humans — ScienceDaily

Epigenetics: Roundworm study focuses on health effects transmitted through sperm | Uncommon Descent

From ScienceDaily:For many years, it was thought that sperm do not retain any histone packaging and therefore could not transmit histone-based epigenetic information to offspring. Recent studies, however, have shown that about 10 percent of histone packaging is retained in both human and mouse spe

Source: Epigenetics: Roundworm study focuses on health effects transmitted through sperm | Uncommon Descent

New Caledonian crows can create compound tools: The birds are able to combine individual parts to form a long-distance reaching aid — ScienceDaily

The birds are able to combine individual parts to form a long-distance reaching aid.

Source: New Caledonian crows can create compound tools: The birds are able to combine individual parts to form a long-distance reaching aid — ScienceDaily

Chinese and Russian Spies Have Tapped Trump’s Personal Phone — But He’s Ignored All the Warnings: Report | Alternet

President Donald Trump has been spied on by both Chinese and Russian intelligence agencies that have hacked into his personal phone while in office, according to a new report in the New York Times Wednesday.

Source: Chinese and Russian Spies Have Tapped Trump’s Personal Phone — But He’s Ignored All the Warnings: Report | Alternet