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When did the universe ‘wake up’?
2020-02-03
It was a big moment for our cosmos when the first stars awoke, but it's an elusive one for scientists. In new research, however, a team of astronomers has identified some of the oldest galaxies ever seen.
5-MeO-DMT: The 20-Minute Psychoactive Toad Experience That’s Transforming Lives
2020-02-03
This isn’t the psychedelic you remember from college. It isn’t an eight-hour marathon experience tripping through the woods like Alice. It’s fast-acting, short-duration — sometimes lasting as briefly as seven minutes — and is a rocket-ship ride into the center of the cosmos.
What the Earliest Toilets Say About How Human Civilization Has Evolved
2020-02-03
Like most ancient technology, toilets seem to have been independently invented in several cultures — and went through many stages of innovation before becoming loos you’d like to use today.
Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Was Great for Bacteria
2020-02-03
The smoldering crater left by the apocalyptic space rock became a nice home for blue-green algae within years of the impact.
ANCIENT EGYPT’S CITY OF THE DEAD: AMULETS, SARCOPHAGI, CANOPIC VASES AND PRIESTLY TOMBS OF THE GOD THOTH
2020-02-03
Digs in Egypt's City of the Dead have unearthed a hoard of ancient artefacts, including amulets, canopic vases and 16 tombs containing approximately 20 coffins and sarcophagi between them.
EVERYONE IS A LITTLE NEANDERTHAL, NEW STUDY PROVES
2020-02-03
The human story tends to go like this: Anatomically modern humans, aka Homo sapiens, arose in Africa some 200,000 to 300,000 years ago, and then left the continent around 60,000 years ago in a single mass migration to go colonize the rest of the world. But here's a plot twist or two
Archaeologists to explore Ice Age landscape off Jersey coast
2020-01-31
A group of archaeologists will carry out a survey of a former Ice Age landscape in Jersey to understand more about its history. The team of experts hopes the survey will help them explore how Neanderthal people and other early humans used the landscape and how it matches up with discoveries made on land.
Neanderthal genes found for first time in African populations
2020-01-31
African populations have been revealed to share Neanderthal ancestry for the first time, in findings that add a new twist to the tale of ancient humans and our closest known relatives.
Sarcophagus dedicated to sky god among latest ancient Egypt trove
2020-01-31
Egypt's antiquities ministry on Thursday unveiled the tombs of ancient high priests and a sarcophagus dedicated to the sky god Horus at an archaeological site in Minya governorate.
‘Spoken language doesn’t leave fossils’: Did human’s ability to speak arise in an instantaneous hominin mutation?
2020-01-31
Legendary linguist Noam Chomsky is both revered and controversial. His ideas have helped found and frame modern cognitive science. One of those ideas is the notion that a single gene mutation, perhaps prompting a rewiring in the brain yielding novel neural circuitry, gave rise to human language between 70,000 and 100,000 years ago.
VIDEO: Meet the Denisovans, Humans’ Mysterious Cousins
2020-01-31
We humans really like to think that we’re exceptional among the creatures of the Earth. But it wasn’t always that way. Until relatively recently, there were multiple types of humans, not just Homo sapiens. There were Neanderthals, and the more mysterious, recently discovered Denisovans.
Skulls from ancient North Americans hint at multiple migration waves
2020-01-31
The earliest humans in North America were far more diverse than previously realized, according to a new study of human remains found within one of the world's most extensive underwater cave systems.
Psilocybin: The magic ingredient in psychedelic shrooms
2020-01-31
Reference article: Facts about psilocybin.
Santa Cruz Is Decriminalizing Magic Mushrooms
2020-01-31
On Tuesday night, the Santa Cruz City Council unanimously voted to decriminalize a wide range of psychedelics. The resolution would make "the personal use and personal possession of Entheogenic Plants and Fungi," like magic mushrooms and ayahuasca, one of the lowest priorities for police in the city.
Glowing green ‘dunes’ in the sky mesmerized skygazers. They turned out to be a new kind of aurora.
2020-01-29
When mysterious glowing stripes of green lit up Finnish skies in 2018, it didn't go unnoticed by avid aurora chasers. The pattern of light was unfamiliar and strangely perfect, reaching out toward the horizon like a set of celestial sand dunes.
‘Vampire’ star sparks brilliant ‘super-outburst’ while gorging on its neighbor
2020-01-29
An undead vampire star feeds on its victim, the two tug hard on this lifeblood swirling in space — then boom, and repeat.
Could psychedelics help us resolve the climate crisis?
2020-01-29
A study, published in a reputable, peer-reviewed international journal, makes a bold claim about the potential of psychedelics – not only for improving mental health, but also, remarkably, as a key to overcoming inaction in the face of the climate crisis.
How did the last Neanderthals live?
2020-01-29
In many ways, the last surviving Neanderthals are a mystery. But four caves in Gibraltar have given an unprecedented insight into what their lives might have been like.
Hungry for hutia? Our taste for Bahamas’ ‘most peaceable rodent’ shaped its diversity
2020-01-29
The Bahamian hutia, a large Caribbean rodent with a blissed-out disposition, presents a curious case study in how human food preferences can drive biodiversity, sometimes shaping it over 1,000 years.
Physicists: Ancient life might have escaped Earth and journeyed to alien stars
2020-01-28
A pair of Harvard astrophysicists have proposed a wild theory of how life might have spread through the universe.
Black holes shouldn’t echo, but this one might. Score 1 for Stephen Hawking?
2020-01-28
A pair of physicists think they've found evidence of a black hole that would violate the neat model drawn from Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.
Hottest known exoplanet is so hot, it’s tearing its molecules apart
2020-01-28
The hottest exoplanet ever found is so infernally hot that it's ripping apart hydrogen molecules in its atmosphere, astronomers have found.
How the ‘Venice of Africa’ is losing its battle against the rising ocean
2020-01-28
Saint-Louis, the old colonial capital of Senegal, faces a flooding threat that has already seen entire villages lost to the Atlantic
New study debunks myth of Cahokia’s Native American lost civilization
2020-01-28
Archaeologists have dug up ancient human feces, among other demographic clues, to challenge the narrative around the legendary demise of Cahokia, North America's most iconic pre-Columbian metropolis.
Stone tools reveal epic trek of nomadic Neanderthals
2020-01-28
For a long time Neanderthals were seen as intellectual lightweights. However, several recent finds have forced a rethink of their cognitive and creative abilities.
Saved By Psychedelics: After Traditional Methods Fail, Ayahuasca Heals A Deep Emotional Trauma
2020-01-28
It was night two of a grueling four-night ayahuasca retreat when Amber Wick says she had visions of pulling her own beating heart from her chest and holding it in her bare hands.
Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass
2020-01-28
Herculaneum was just one of several towns smothered by ash and savaged by superheated volcanic avalanches. But three centuries later, experts are still unsure as to what precisely killed the victims of this once bustling metropolis.
Are the 11,300-Year-Old LSU Mounds the US Göbekli Tepe?
2020-01-28
A North American scientist has claimed that group of ancient mounds are among the oldest structures in North America .
Mysterious particles spewing from Antarctica defy physics
2020-01-24
Our best model of particle physics is bursting at the seams as it struggles to contain all the weirdness in the universe. Now, it seems more likely than ever that it might pop, thanks to a series of strange events in Antarctica. .
Fossilized Footprints Show Neanderthals Climbing An Active Volcano
2020-01-24
Local people called them “Ciampate del Diavolo” or the devil’s trail, as only a supernatural entity could leave its footprints in apparent solid rocks.
Mummy returns: Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest brought to life
2020-01-24
Scientists have fulfilled a mummified Egyptian priest's wish for life after death - by replicating his voice with artificial vocal cords.
CAVE COVERED IN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN PAINTINGS OF DONKEYS AND PEOPLE DISCOVERED BY ACCIDENT
2020-01-23
A chance encounter has led to the discovery of a small sandstone cave in the middle of the Sinai in Egypt. The cave is colorfully decorated with paintings of people and donkeys, some of which date back to 10,000 BCE.
The world’s oldest asteroid strike in Western Australia may have triggered a global thaw
2020-01-23
Our new study puts a precise age on the cataclysmic impact – showing Yarrabubba is the oldest known crater and dating it at the right time to trigger the end of an ancient glacial period and the warming of the entire planet.
First ancient genomes from West Africa reveal complexity of human ancestry
2020-01-23
The ancient DNA of four children who lived thousands of years ago in western Cameroon has unearthed many more questions than answers.
Thousands of ancient Aboriginal sites probably damaged in Australian fires
2020-01-23
Indigenous communities and archaeologists fear thousands of historic Aboriginal sites and artefacts have been damaged — or destroyed — by fires that have ravaged Australia
Ancient Proteins Reveal 6,000-year-old Ring Was Made From Deer Antler or Bone
2020-01-23
The discovery is latest success in a method that's revolutionizing archaeology and paleontology.
SCIENTISTS FIND THAT TIN FOUND IN ISRAEL FROM 3,000 YEARS AGO COMES FROM CORNWALL
2020-01-23
Scientists have revealed tin ingots from more than 3,000 years ago found in Israel. They have established that ancient tin ingots found in Israel actually came from what is now modern-day Britain.
Deep Antarctic drilling will reveal climate secrets trapped in 1.5 million-year-old ice
2020-01-23
An ambitious mission to drill into the Antarctic ice sheet to extract some of the oldest ice on the planet will provide vital clues about a mysterious shift in the behaviour of our planet's climate.
Maps Are Biased Against Animals
2020-01-23
Protecting the ecosystems we share starts with acknowledging that humans aren’t the only species with pathways and landmarks.
17,000 years old artefacts found in Gunung Pulai, Baling
2020-01-23
The National Heritage Department has found more than 100 prehistoric Paleolithic artefacts estimated at 17,000 years old in several caves in Gunung Pulai, Baling.
Moon ‘shrooms? Fungi eyed to help build lunar bases and Mars outposts
2020-01-22
NASA researchers are investigating the potential of mycelia — the mass of nutrient-absorbing, widely branching underground threads that make up much of a fungus's bulk — to help construct outposts on the moon and Mars.
Ancient Australian Crystals Unlock History of Earth’s First Magnetic Field
2020-01-22
Tiny crystals in Australia are helping scientists unlock the ancient history of our planet's first magnetic field, which disappeared hundreds of millions of years ago.
Psychedelics Can Be Used to Treat PTSD, Finds Yet Another Clinical Trial
2020-01-22
New research presented by the Medical University of South Carolina’s Dr Michael Mithoefer says that psychedelics like MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms can be used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Out of Deep-Sea Mud, a Strange Blob May Hold Secrets to the Origins of Complex Life
2020-01-22
A microbe found in the muddy depths of the Pacific Ocean doesn't look like much other than a blob with tentacles. But this unassuming little organism may hold the secrets to how the first multicellular life-forms evolved, according to new research.
Earth’s oldest known impact crater may tell us a lot about our planet’s frozen past
2020-01-22
Scientists have identified the oldest known impact crater on Earth — and the ancient structure could tell us how our planet emerged from a long-ago frozen phase.
Neanderthal teeth could chomp on hard plants like nuts and seeds
2020-01-22
Although research suggests that Neanderthals ate mostly meat, our extinct cousins had a formidable jaw structure that should have enabled them to process a variety of foods.
Company Gets Trademark For The Word ‘Psilocybin,’ Frustrating Decriminalization Advocates
2020-01-22
As psychedelics reform efforts pick up across the U.S., there’s an increasing weariness among advocates about the potential corporatization that may follow.
New research confirms lingering mood benefit of psychedelics
2020-01-21
People who had recently used psychedelics such as psilocybin report a sustained improvement in mood and feeling closer to others after the high has worn off, shows a new Yale study published the week of Jan. 20.
Alien life is out there. But our theories are steering us away from it.
2020-01-20
If we discovered evidence of alien life, would we even realize it? Life on other planets could be so different from what we're used to that we might not recognize any biological signatures that it produces.
What can oceans tell us about the end of the dinosaurs?
2020-01-20
An asteroid did do the deed, study suggests, then volcanism shaped life in its aftermath.
Sorbonne experts confirm fossilized skull found in Iran belongs to Homo sapiens
2020-01-20
A team of researches and archaeologists from the Sorbonne University has confirmed a fragment of a fossilized skull, which had been found in an Iranian cave, belongs to Homo sapiens, the only extant human species.
Psychedelics have ‘extraordinarily potent’ anti-inflammatory power. Is there a place for them in mainstream medicine?
2020-01-17
Research on psychedelics, which have been profoundly stigmatized, highly restricted, and tragically undeveloped for more than half a century, is stirring back to life....
Johns Hopkins Scientists Give Psychedelics the Serious Treatment
2020-01-17
The first research center of its kind in the country is bringing renewed rigor to the investigation of the drugs’ therapeutic uses.
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes
2020-01-17
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It was all about the asteroid.
How the dinosaur-killing asteroid primed Earth for modern life
2020-01-17
Marine die-offs after the impact may have created opportunities for the life that survived around the globe, new data reveal.
New Discovery In Ancient Egyptian Art Reveals a Sophisticated Understanding of the Brain and its Role in Consciousness
2020-01-17
A significant discovery might forever change our picture of the distant past, and our estimation of how intelligent our ancient ancestors were.
Story of ancient wonder Göbeklitepe to be adapted into opera work
2020-01-16
Turkey's State Opera and Ballet will present audiences with the story of the mysterious 12,000-year-old site of Göbeklitepe in an operatic form on Feb. 19.
Active asteroid unveils fireball identity
2020-01-16
April 29, 2017, a fireball flew over Kyoto, Japan. Compared to other fireballs spotted from Earth, it was relatively bright and slow. Now, scientists have determined not only what the fireball was, but also where it came from.
Neanderthals ‘dived in the ocean’ for shellfish
2020-01-16
New data suggests that our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals may have been diving under the ocean for clams. It adds to mounting evidence that the old picture of these ancient people as brutish and unimaginative is wrong.
Infectious disease defenses among ancient hominid contributions to adaptation of modern humans
2020-01-16
During the past decade, our human evolutionary tree has turned into something more resembling an unwieldy bush.
In Russia’s Far North, a Lone Group of Neanderthals May Have Been the Last of Their Kind
2020-01-15
Near the Arctic Circle, a group of Neanderthals may have persisted for thousands of years after the rest of their species disappeared.
800,000 Years Ago, a Meteor Slammed Into Earth. Scientists Just Found the Crater.
2020-01-15
About 790,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into Earth with such force that the explosion blanketed about 10% of the planet with shiny black lumps of rocky debris.
Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots
2020-01-15
Be warned. If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for.
Our moon is more colorful than you think
2020-01-15
Andrew McCarthy, who last year dropped jaws with a stunningly clear composite photo of the moon made up of 50,000 exposures, is back with a more colorful take on our closest celestial neighbor.
7 Billion-Year-Old Stardust Is Oldest Material Found on Earth
2020-01-15
Scientists recently identified the oldest material on Earth: stardust that's 7 billion years old, tucked away in a massive, rocky meteorite that struck our planet half a century ago.
Activists Take Steps To Decriminalize Psychedelics In Washington, D.C.
2020-01-15
Psychedelics decriminalization could be coming to the nation’s capital, where advocates recently submitted a ballot initiative to make entheogenic substances among the city’s lowest law enforcement priorities.
6 Incredible Facts About the Prehistoric Altamira Cave Paintings
2020-01-15
When we think of what life must have been like in prehistoric times, we don’t often leave much space to consider the art these people may have left behind.
‘I wake up and I’m a baby’: an NFL star’s journey into ayahuasca
2020-01-15
It was a few hours into his first ayahuasca treatment that Kerry Rhodes vomited a foetus into a bucket and found truth.
15 Buried Archaeological Sites That Were Only Discovered Recently
2020-01-15
New archaeological discoveries are being found in almost every part of the world. And thanks to new and improved technologies, these ancient discoveries are being found quicker than before.
Study puts the ‘Carib’ in ‘Caribbean,’ boosting credibility of Columbus’ cannibal claims
2020-01-12
Columbus' accounts of the Caribbean include harrowing descriptions of fierce raiders who abducted women and cannibalized men, which were dismissed as myths but a new study suggests they may have been true.
Gold bar found in Mexico was Aztec treasure
2020-01-12
A gold bar found in a Mexico City park in 1981 was part of the Aztec treasure looted by Hernan Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors 500 years ago, a new study says.
No One Can Agree How Fast Universe Is Expanding. New Measure Makes Things Worse.
2020-01-12
A crisis in physics may have just gotten deeper. By looking at how the light from distant bright objects is bent, researchers have increased the discrepancy between different methods for calculating the expansion rate of the universe.
Scientists make space history with first intervenusian asteroid ever found
2020-01-12
The Virtual Telescope Project's image of asteroid 2020 AV2 isn't much of a looker, but the small dot pointed out by an arrow is a big new discovery.
Congress Will Debate Two Bills To Legalize Marijuana At Hearing With DEA Witness Next Week
2020-01-12
A congressional committee will debate two bills to federally legalize marijuana and several other pieces of cannabis research legislation next week.
Team to re-scan Great Pyramid of Giza to pinpoint hidden chamber
2020-01-11
Japanese researchers plan to bombard the Great Pyramid of Giza outside Cairo with cosmic rays to confirm if there is a mysterious internal “chamber” that a previous survey detected.
Jupiter throws comets and asteroids towards Earth like a ‘sniper’, scientist warns
2020-01-11
It was once thought that the gas giant Jupiter protected Earth from asteroids and other deadly space objects. But one scientist has warned that the massive planet actually acts as a ‘sniper rather than a shield’.
Could invisible aliens really exist among us? An astrobiologist explains
2020-01-11
Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut and a chemist at Imperial College London, recently said that alien lifeforms that are impossible to spot may be living among us. How could that be possible?
Strength from perpetual grief: How Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis
2020-01-11
How do you support people forever attached to a landscape after an inferno tears through their homelands: decimating native food sources, burning through ancient scarred trees and destroying ancestral ecosystems.
Andrew Cuomo promises to legalize cannabis in New York. It could be ‘gigantic
2020-01-11
New York wasn't able to legalize cannabis last year, but Governor Cuomo vows it'll happen this time around. Cuomo on Wednesday highlighted adult-use cannabis legalization as one of his 2020 priorities.
Asteroid like Ryugu may hold alien life or at least help us in search of it, says scientist
2020-01-10
It was around a few months back that NASA's chief scientist predicted the possibility of discovering alien life within 2021 on Mars. Now, a scientist has suggested that alien life could be discovered on asteroids.
New research shows Neanderthals liked to spend summer in southern Spain
2020-01-10
A footprint found in Gibraltar not only indicates that the hominoids had found a sanctuary in the south of the Iberian peninsula, it also throws into question when they became extinct.
The Neanderthal flute from Divje babe
2020-01-10
In 1995 this unusual musical instrument, neither a flute nor a whistle, was discovered, cemented near the remains of a 50.000 – 60.000 years old Neanderthal fire pit.
Why Didn’t Tuberculosis Wipe Out Humanity in the Paleolithic Era?
2020-01-10
Tuberculosis may be the greatest plague of humankind. Recently scientists have investigated why a devastating disease like tuberculosis did not eradicate humankind altogether.
Mystery of Weird Hum Heard Around the World Solved
2020-01-10
Mysterious seismic hums detected around the world were likely caused by an unusual geologic event — the rumblings of a magma-filled reservoir deep under the Indian Ocean, a new study finds.
Frogs, brain noodles and a lot of vomit – I took ayahuasca and finally found inner peace
2020-01-10
Despite a terrifying trip involving ghosts, broccoli, and frogs, I’m so glad I did it. I’ve finally found inner peace and my life has radically changed.
Scientists may have found the missing link between brain matter and consciousness
2020-01-10
A team of researchers from Germany and Greece recently identified several new properties of the human brain that could explain how our unique intelligence and consciousness emerges.
Early humans revealed to have engineered optimized stone tools at Olduvai Gorge
2020-01-08
Early Stone Age populations living between 1.8 - 1.2 million years ago engineered their stone tools in complex ways to make optimised cutting tools, according to a new study by University of Kent and UCL.
NASA’s TESS Planet Hunter Finds Its 1st Earth-Size World in ‘Habitable Zone’
2020-01-08
For the first time, the agency has discovered a roughly Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of its host star researchers announced today (Jan. 6).
Case of MS patient accused of growing and possessing cannabis is dropped
2020-01-08
The criminal case against an MS sufferer for growing cannabis to treat her illness has been abandoned by the Crown Prosecution Service on public interest grounds.
Fossilized seashells show signs of ocean acidification before dinosaur-annihilating asteroid
2020-01-08
New evidence gleaned from Antarctic seashells confirms that Earth was already unstable before the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.
Origin of Deep-Space Radio Flash Discovered, and It’s Unlike Anything Astronomers Have Ever Seen
2020-01-07
Mysterious ultra-fast pinpricks of radio energy keep lighting up the night sky and nobody knows why.
January Full Moon 2020: The ‘Wolf Moon’ Arrives with a Lunar Eclipse
2020-01-07
The full moon of January, called the Wolf Moon, will occur on Jan. 10 at 2:21 p.m. EST (1921 GMT), and it will coincide with a lunar eclipse for skywatchers in much of the world.
Cosmic Rays Are Starting to Tear a Milky Way Satellite Galaxy Apart
2020-01-07
A team of researchers recently released simulations of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) — a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way — and found that cosmic rays from a starburst event are starting to rip it apart.
Scientists unveil video of massive stellar explosion in the ancient universe
2020-01-07
A new 3D visualization recreates the biggest stellar explosion observed by humankind — and now you can watch it, too.
EVIDENCE IN JAVA SAYS HUMANS AND HOMO ERECTUS DIDN’T OVERLAP
2020-01-07
New research says human fossils from central Java, which Dutch geologists excavated 90 years ago, are around 120,000 years old.
The ‘psychedelics coach’ with drug-fuelled career advice
2020-01-07
Following the popularity of 'microdosing' psychedelics to improve productivity, some are turning to these substances for career clarity.
North Atlantic Current could stop within the next century
2020-01-07
New research suggests the ocean current that delivers warm water to Europe has a one-in-six chance of halting temporarily over the next hundred years, potentially resulting in freezing temperatures.
Thailand Rolls Out Cannabis Clinic Based on Traditional Medicine
2020-01-07
Thailand opened its first full-time clinic specialising in traditional and alternative cannabis-based medicine on Monday, as part of a move by the government towards developing a medicinal cannabis industry.
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