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Ancient asteroids are covered with popcorning pebbles, new study finds

A new study of a meteorite that landed on Earth reveals how this asteroid activity occurs. Small collisions can dislodge the pebbles, which shoot off the asteroid but fall back, drawn in by the space rock’s gravitational pull.

Integration of psychedelic experiences linked to self-actualization via improvements in personal development and self-insight

New research suggests that improvements in personal development and self-insight act as a pathway between post-psychedelic integration practices and optimal well-being. The study, which appears in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, provides evidence that this is the case for both clinical and non-clinical populations.

Weird and wonderful world of fungi shaped by evolutionary bursts, study finds

Scientists at the University of Bristol have discovered that the vast anatomical variety of fungi stems from evolutionary increases in multicellular complexity.

8,000-Year-Old Settlement Found in Saudi Arabia Offers Rare View of Prehistoric Religion

A team of archaeologists uncovered the Neolithic-era remains using laser scanning, aerial photography, drones, and various forms of surveying. The scientists located the settlement at Al-Faw, an archaeological site that has previously turned up evidence of a strong trade network that sustained an ancient city.

‘I am, in fact, a person’: can artificial intelligence ever be sentient?

Controversy over Google’s AI program is raising questions about just how powerful it is. Is it even safe?