News Desk

Star of Bethlehem may not be a star after all
3rd December 2016 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient

Studying historical, astronomical and biblical records, Grant Mathews, University of Notre Dame professor, believes the event that led the Magi was an extremely rare planetary alignment occurring in 6 B.C., and the likes of which may never be seen again.

Early hominin Lucy had powerful arms from years of tree-climbing
3rd December 2016 | newscientist.com | Ancient

Lucy, the world famous early bipedal hominin, was a swinger. Scans of her skeleton confirm that she had an exceptionally powerful upper body, thanks to spending a lot of time climbing trees.


Alt: Human ancestor ‘Lucy’ was a tree climber, new evidence suggests

Scientists Find Signs of Intelligent Tool Use 300,000 Years Ago
3rd December 2016 | realclearscience.com | Ancient

Sixteen years ago, road workers detonated a controlled explosive to remove a large limestone boulder blocking a planned roadway outside of Tel Aviv in Israel. Soon after the dust settled, it became clear that the road would need to be rerouted.

Psilocybin, From Magic Mushrooms, Eases Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients
3rd December 2016 europe.newsweek.com | Humans, Misc.

Two long-awaited studies published December 1 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology attest to this. One conducted at NYU involved 29 patients; another, done at Johns Hopkins University, had 51. Both studies followed similar protocols, and both found that after being given psilocybin, 80 percent of patients experienced a drop in anxiety and depression that lasted for six months or more.


Alt: Magic mushroom chemical psilocybin could be key to treating depression – studies

MDMA approved for final trials to treat PTSD before possible legalization
3rd December 2016 | theguardian.com | Misc.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to phase three trials of MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, the final phase of validation required to turn the party drug into a legal medicine.


Alt: MDMA could be on the market legally by 2021

Medicinal cannabis bill passed by Dáil without vote
3rd December 2016 | rte.ie | Misc.

The Dáil has passed a bill to make cannabis available in Ireland for medicinal use, after the Government said it would not oppose the legislation.


Related: Health care refugees: Medical marijuana and new hope
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Privileged Pigs Are More Optimistic
3rd December 2016 | livescience.com | Animal Life

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? If you’re anything like pigs, your outlook on life may depend on your personality and mood, according to a new study.

Vegetarian and vegan diets good for kids and adults, nutritionists say
3rd December 2016 | reuters.com | Humans

Plant-based diets are tied to a lower risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers – and pretty much anyone can eat this way, according to a leading group of nutritionists.

Mexico archaeologists find temple to wind god beneath supermarket
3rd December 2016 | theguardian.com | Ancient

Archaeologists working in Mexico City have uncovered a circular temple built more than 650 years ago to worship a god of wind.

It was excavated at a site discovered two years ago when a mid-20th-century supermarket was demolished.

Mummified remains identified as Egyptian Queen Nefertari
3rd December 2016 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient

A team of international archaeologists believe a pair of mummified legs on display in an Italian museum may belong to Egyptian Queen Nefertari – the favourite wife of the pharaoh Ramses II.


Alt: Mystery Mummy Legs Belonged to Egyptian Queen Nefertari

US to Restrict Imports of Egyptian Artifacts
3rd December 2016 | livescience.com | Ancient

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will sign an agreement with Egypt today (Nov. 30) that will restrict the importation of Egyptian artifacts to the United States.

Black Death ‘Plague Pit’ discovered at 14th-century monastery hospital
3rd December 2016 | sheffield.ac.uk | Ancient

A mass burial of bodies, known to be victims of the Black Death, has been discovered at the site of a 14th-century monastery hospital at Thornton Abbey, Lincolnshire.

Archaeologists from the University of Sheffield revealed 48 skeletons, many of which were children, at the extremely rare Black Death burial site.

Why was Ancient Middle Eastern Bitumen Discovered in an Anglo-Saxon Boat Burial at Sutton Hoo, England?
3rd December 2016 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient

Sutton Hoo in East Anglia is one of the most important archaeological sites in England. The weapons, clothing and other objects buried in the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries show that trade networks in the 6th and 7th century reached as far away as Europe and Asia.

Ice Age hunters destroyed forests throughout Europe
3rd December 2016 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient

Large-scale forest fires started by prehistoric hunter-gatherers are probably the reason why Europe is not more densely forested. This is the finding of an international team, including climate researcher Professor Jed Kaplan of the University of Lausanne and archaeologist Professor Jan Kolen of Leiden University.

6,000 years ago the Sahara Desert was tropical, so what happened?
3rd December 2016 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Earth

As little as 6,000 years ago, the vast Sahara Desert was covered in grassland that received plenty of rainfall, but shifts in the world’s weather patterns abruptly transformed the vegetated region into some of the driest land on Earth.

Deforestation Of The Amazon Up 29 Percent From Last Year, Study Finds
3rd December 2016 | npr.org | Earth

An annual study released by the Brazilian government estimates that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 29 percent over last year.

That’s the second year in a row that deforestation in the Amazon quickened; last year, the pace rose by about 24 percent.

Earth’s ‘technosphere’ now weighs 30 trillion tons, research finds
2nd December 2016 phys.org | Earth

The technosphere is comprised of all of the structures that humans have constructed to keep them alive on the planet – from houses, factories and farms to computer systems, smartphones and CDs, to the waste in landfills and spoil heaps.

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