Incredibly, zebra finches have started warning their babies about global warming.

More and more, we humans are having to come up with solutions to beat the heat.

With the hottest summer in recorded history currently underway, we've been doing everything we can — installing AC units, taking multiple cold showers a day, and even attaching fans to our cell phones and converting our refrigerators into air conditioners. Whatever it takes.

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Of course, animals are dealing with the heat in their own way, and some of their solutions are pretty cool. Elephants vent heat out through their ears, hummingbirds go swimming, and snails just straight-up sleep through it.

As Jeff Goldblum once said...

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Perhaps the most incredible example of nature dealing with rising temperatures is the zebra finch.

The zebra finch is an Australian bird and the best singer to come from that country since Natalie Imbruglia. (Who is timeless, I don't care what you say.)

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There's a wide variety of finch songs and calls, and they're all unique and beautiful. Zebra finches also sing to their eggs, and one study has observed something pretty amazing about this behavior.

Zebra finches may be giving their eggs a warning about the temperature before they hatch.

That's right. Finches might actually be singing a cautionary tune to their babies about the temperature outside.

Here's what it sounds like:

“This acoustic signal is potentially being used to program the development of offspring," says Kate Buchanan, the author of the new paper. “Hearing the call affects your rate of growth relative to the temperature that you experience."

Essentially, if a finch chick hears the heat warning in the egg, it'll hatch a bit smaller. Smaller-bodied birds can cool down faster and sustain less damage from extreme heat. (Because science!)

This has been called a "shocking" observation and will probably lead to a lot more research.

After all, if temperatures continue to rise like they are, every animal might have to make some adjustments.

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Humans who will have to make the biggest adjustments though. Sure we can keep those air conditioners humming all summer long or move permanently into the neighbor's house with the pool, but if we don't radically change the way we live, extreme weather and temperatures will become a lot worse and a lot more dangerous.

I believe in us though. Because if we can figure out how to install a home air conditioner into a pickup truck ... we can do anything. Even address climate change.

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On an old episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in July 1992, Oprah put her audience through a social experiment that puts racism in a new light. Despite being nearly two decades old, it's as relevant today as ever.

She split the audience members into two groups based on their eye color. Those with brown eyes were given preferential treatment by getting to cut the line and given refreshments while they waited to be seated. Those with blue eyes were made to put on a green collar and wait in a crowd for two hours.

Staff were instructed to be extra polite to brown-eyed people and to discriminate against blue-eyed people. Her guest for that day's show was diversity expert Jane Elliott, who helped set up the experiment and played along, explaining that brown-eyed people were smarter than blue-eyed people.

Watch the video to see how this experiment plays out.

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Cadbury has removed the words from its Dairy Milk chocolate bars in the U.K. to draw attention to a serious issue, senior loneliness.

On September 4, Cadbury released the limited-edition candy bars in supermarkets and for every one sold, the candy giant will donate 30p (37 cents) to Age UK, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the elderly.

Cadbury was prompted to help the organization after it was revealed that 225,000 elderly people in the UK often go an entire week without speaking to another person.

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Young people today are facing what seems to be greater exposure to complex issues like mental health, bullying, and youth violence. As a result, teachers are required to be well-versed in far more than school curriculum to ensure students are prepared to face the world inside and outside of the classroom. Acting as more than teachers, but also mentors, counselors, and cheerleaders, they must be equipped with practical and relevant resources to help their students navigate some of the more complicated social issues – though access to such tools isn't always guaranteed.

Take Dr. Jackie Sanderlin, for example, who's worked in the education system for over 25 years, and as a teacher for seven. Entering the profession, she didn't anticipate how much influence a student's home life could affect her classroom, including "students who lived in foster homes" and "lacked parental support."

Dr. Jackie Sanderlin, who's worked in the education system for over 25 years.

Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience, says it can be difficult to create engaging course work that's applicable to the challenges students face. "I think that sometimes, teachers don't know where to begin. Teachers are always looking for ways to make learning in their classrooms more relevant."

So what resources do teachers turn to in an increasingly fractured world? "Joining a professional learning network that supports and challenges thinking is one of the most impactful things that a teacher can do to support their own learning," Anglemyer says.

Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience.

A new program for teachers that offers this network along with other resources is the WE Teachers Program, an initiative developed by Walgreens in partnership with ME to WE and Mental Health America. WE Teachers provides tools and resources, at no cost to teachers, looking for guidance around the social issues related to poverty, youth violence, mental health, bullying, and diversity and inclusion. Through online modules and trainings as well as a digital community, these resources help them address the critical issues their students face.

Jessica Mauritzen, a high school Spanish teacher, credits a network of support for providing her with new opportunities to enrich the learning experience for her students. "This past year was a year of awakening for me and through support… I realized that I was able to teach in a way that built up our community, our school, and our students, and supported them to become young leaders," she says.

With the new WE Teachers program, teachers can learn to identify the tough issues affecting their students, secure the tools needed to address them in a supportive manner, and help students become more socially-conscious, compassionate, and engaged citizens.

It's a potentially life-saving experience for students, and in turn, "a great gift for teachers," says Dr. Sanderlin.

"I wish I had the WE Teachers program when I was a teacher because it provides the online training and resources teachers need to begin to grapple with these critical social issues that plague our students every day," she adds.

In addition to the WE Teachers curriculum, the program features a WE Teachers Award to honor educators who go above and beyond in their classrooms. At least 500 teachers will be recognized and each will receive a $500 Walgreens gift card, which is the average amount teachers spend out-of-pocket on supplies annually. Teachers can be nominated or apply themselves. To learn more about the awards and how to nominate an amazing teacher, or sign up for access to the teacher resources available through WE Teachers, visit walgreens.com/metowe.

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One of the major differences between women and men is that women are often judged based on their looks rather than their character or abilities.

"Men as well as women tend to establish the worth of individual women primarily by the way their body looks, research shows. We do not do this when we evaluate men," Naomi Ellemers Ph.D. wrote in Psychology Today.

Dr. Ellers believes that this tendency to judge a woman solely on her looks causes them to be seen as an object rather than a person.

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