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Study suggests psychedelics promote positive mental health through increased spirituality and emotion regulation
6th December 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

A new study published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology sheds light on the mechanism connecting psychedelic use to improved mental health. The study found evidence of a pathway whereby the use of psychedelics increases spirituality, and in turn, leads to better emotion regulation.

Hot news from two billion years ago: plankton actually moved mountains
6th December 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Earth

The mighty forces that created our planet’s mountains in ancient days got some unexpected help, scientists have discovered. Their research shows some of Earth’s greatest ranges got a boost from primitive lifeforms whose remains lubricated movements of rock slabs and allowed them to pile up to form mountains.

Astronomers Have Discovered Why The Solar System Might Be Shaped Like a Croissant
6th December 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

The Solar System exists in a bubble. Wind and radiation from the Sun stream outwards, pushing out into interstellar space. This creates a boundary of solar influence, within which the objects in the Solar System are sheltered from powerful cosmic radiation.

Evidence emerges for dark-matter free galaxies
6th December 2021 phys.org | Humans, Space

An international team of astronomers led by researchers from the Netherlands has found no trace of dark matter in the galaxy AGC 114905, despite taking detailed measurements over a course of fourty hours with state-of-the-art telescopes. They will present their findings in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

An Unknown Human Ancestor May Have Left 3.7-Million-Year-Old Footprints in Africa
2nd December 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans

A staggering 3.7 million years ago, an unknown species walked on two legs across a blanket of volcanic ash in what’s now northern Tanzania. These steps, immortalized by the volcanic ash gradually turning into rock, were unearthed back in 1978 and mistakenly dismissed as being bear-like. But not everyone agreed.

A powerful and underappreciated ally in the climate crisis? Fungi
2nd December 2021 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

If we want to tackle the climate crisis, we need to address a global blindspot: the vast underground fungal networks that sequester carbon and sustain much of life on Earth.

Scientists claim big advance in using DNA to store data
2nd December 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Tech

Scientists say they have made a major step forward in efforts to store information as molecules of DNA, which are more compact and long-lasting than other options.

Archaeologists unearth mummy estimated to be at least 800 years old in Peru
29th November 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

Remains found inside an underground structure were tied up by ropes and with the hands covering the face.

Earliest evidence of humans decorating jewelery in Eurasia
29th November 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

A new multidisciplinary study by an international team reports the discovery of an ivory pendant decorated with a pattern of at least 50 punctures, creating an irregular looping curve. The direct radiocarbon date of the ornament yields an age of 41,500 years.

‘Gangotri wave’ connecting two of Milky Way’s spiral arms discovered
29th November 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Space

A team of researchers from Germany, France and the U.K. has discovered a long thin filament of dense gas connecting two of the Milky Way galaxy’s spiral arms. In their paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the group describes their work studying carbon monoxide gas in the galaxy.

4-legged ‘snake’ fossil is actually a different ancient animal, new study claims
29th November 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A dinosaur-age fossil heralded as the first four-legged snake known to science might actually be an entirely different beastie, a new study claims.

Ancient hominin walked like a human but climbed like an ape
25th November 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

In 2015, mining excavations in Malapa, South Africa, revealed fossil vertebrae trapped in cement-like rock called breccia. Analysis revealed the vertebrae to be two million years old, from the lower back of a female Australopithecus sediba, a relative of modern humans first discovered at the same site in 2008.

Collapse of ancient Liangzhu culture caused by climate change
25th November 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Referred to as China’s Venice of the Stone Age, the Liangzhu excavation site in eastern China is considered one of the most significant testimonies of early Chinese advanced civilisation. More than 5000 years ago, the city already had an elaborate water management system. Until now, the cause of the sudden collapse has been a subject of debate.

New tests show neolithic pits near Stonehenge were human-made
25th November 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

When a series of deep pits were discovered near the world heritage site of Stonehenge last year, archaeologists excitedly described it as the largest prehistoric structure ever found in Britain – only for some colleagues to dismiss the pits as mere natural features.

Mission to smash into Dimorphos space rock launches
25th November 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

A spacecraft has launched on a mission to test technology that could one day tip a dangerous asteroid off course.

Did Humans Invent Mathematics, or Is It a Fundamental Part of Existence?
25th November 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Many people think that mathematics is a human invention. To this way of thinking, mathematics is like a language: it may describe real things in the world, but it doesn’t ‘exist’ outside the minds of the people who use it.

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