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Fruit flies that can’t get on the tail get on the sauce instead, according to a study from University of California San Francisco. It isn’t, however, simply because their misery sends them to the shot glass asking a handy pianist to “play it, Sam”: rather, it’s related to the brain’s reward signals. In particular, it’s about the …

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Anonymous Coward

bizarre

A most bizarre article!

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Re: bizarre

Yes, they've unzipped the flies and started rummaging around the human Y-front to see if there's anything there worth manipulating.

And the beer glass because it's been four years and not a drop.

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Ace article!

Comprehensible, non-dumb, informative, ... FTW

Thanks, author.

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The male fruit flies should first give the female fruit flies the alcohol food. They would be more receptive to mating.

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And human nature being what it is

the first thing I thought of was how this could be abused.

"by activating its production, they were able to make the rejected flies act satisfied and curtail their drinking; and by suppressing it, sexually satisfied flies would behave as if they were deprived and drink more."

So all we have to do to make the slaves happy and contented even though their deprived lives are utter shit, is to pump them full of this neuropeptide and BAM - instant happiness! And the anti-drinking, anti-drug, anti-fun Daily Mail crowd will love it: an instant cure for anything "addictive" like alcohol, tobacco, dope and and other drugs, and a way to make everyone instantly receptive to their PC worldview.

Happiness is mandatory, citizen.

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"Humans’ equivalent, neuropeptide Y, would be harder to manipulate safely, "

I'd like to selflessly volunteer for dangerous experiments involving sex and drinking.

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Re: "Humans’ equivalent, neuropeptide Y, would be harder to manipulate safely, "

...and teleport machines.

Yep, go have drunken sex with THAT !

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"Kill me."

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Time flies like an arrow.

Fruit flies like a banana.

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While somewhat interesting, all fruit flies are relatively heavy drinkers. I used to raise Poison dart frogs and bred both Drosophilia melanogaster and Hydei for food. Without live yeast producing alcohol, the fruit fly cultures will quickly die off.

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You played it for her

Thumbs up for the correct Casablanca quote.

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