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A mutual stake in each other's success is a recipe for a better world.
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Today's feature creature is Krill

In the Southern Ocean just one species (the Antarctic krill) makes up an estimated biomass of around 379,000,000 tonnes.

The Secret Life of Krill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7SU_4Orym4

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Researchers make surprising discovery about how neurons talk to each other

From the article: "The new findings, made in fruit flies and mice, challenge the existing dogma about how neurons that release the chemical signal dopamine communicate, and may have important implications for many dopamine-related diseases, including schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and addiction... Neurons communicate with one another by releasing chemicals called neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and glutamate, into the small space between two neurons that is known as a synapse. Inside neurons, neurotransmitters awaiting release are housed in small sacs called synaptic vesicles... [the] findings demonstrate, that neurons can change how much dopamine they release as a function of their overall activity. When this mechanism doesn't work properly, it could lead to profound effects on health..."

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-discovery-neurons.html

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Brave Rescue Elephants Are Helping Save Lives in Severely Flooded Nepal

http://www.sciencealert.com/brave-rescue-elephants-are-helping-save-lives-in-severely-flooded-nepal

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Retooling our biology, our culture and our capacity to relate to the world, one twiddled thumb at a time.

Video games can reduce gray matter in hippocampus

http://www.clinical-innovation.com/topics/clinical-practice/playing-video-games-reduces-grey-matter-hippocampus

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From Wiki: Identity formation... is the development of the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity... This process defines individuals to others and themselves...

Here's a look at identity from a philosophical perspective:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcIqoN9oRgo

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People who drink 3 or more glasses of milk a day die at almost twice the rate of those who drank less than one. "More research is needed"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQHi1DPK5bo

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Nicely done nature:

From the article: "Researchers recently showed that migratory reed warblers depend on an internal geomagnetic map to guide them on their long-distance journeys. But it wasn't clear how the birds were solving the relatively difficult "longitude problem," determining where they were along the east-west axis and which way to go. Now... the team's latest report has an answer. The birds rely on changes from east to west in magnetic declination, the angular difference between geographic north and magnetic north."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-08-reed-warblers-magnetic-declination.html#jCp
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