“There’s just no other way to do it.” Arik Kershenbaum speculates that extra-terrestrial life will likely be remarkably similar to Earth organisms because there’s not much wiggle room for life to innovate. So, extra-terrestrial birds likely fly similarly to how Earth birds do due to physics; they will likely also form (perhaps unconventional) social groups, because cooperation is a good evolutionary strategy.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here