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Nootropic Mushrooms: The Fungi That Build Better Brains

Compounds in these medicinal fungi may be natural “smart drugs.”

Ancient footprints reveal ‘Irish Sea Serengeti’

“It’s about 8,200 years old,” says Dr Alison Burns, pointing to a perfectly preserved human footprint pressed into ancient mud on Formby Beach. It is one of hundreds of newly discovered ancient footprints here. The first date back almost 9,000 years and the youngest of the prints are medieval – about 1,000 years old.

Nobel win for Swede who unlocked secrets of Neanderthal DNA (Update)

Paabo spearheaded the development of new techniques that allowed researchers to compare the genome of modern humans and that of other hominins—the Neanderthals and Denisovans.

Mexico’s 1,500-year-old unknown pyramids

Built by indigenous masons, these 1,500-year-old pyramids are still standing strong, held together by sticky juice from the prickly pear cactus.

Study of meteorites suggests Earth’s composition was changed by collisional erosion

A team of researchers from Université Clermont Auvergne, working with a colleague from Universität Bayreuth, has found evidence that suggests the Earth’s composition changed over time during its early years via collisional erosion.