News Desk

Million-year-old mammoth genomes shatter record for oldest ancient DNA
18th February 2021 | nature.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Permafrost-preserved teeth, up to 1.6 million years old, identify a new kind of mammoth in Siberia.

California bill would decriminalize psychedelics, paving the way for medical treatment
18th February 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

The bill touts the benefits of the drugs and would expunge the criminal records for those already convicted of possession or use of a substance.

Extinction of North America’s largest animals likely caused by ancient climate change
18th February 2021 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Earlier studies have suggested that growing numbers of “big-game” hunting humans in the Americas some 14,000 years ago led to large mammals being wiped out.

Image from: Merikanto (Wiki Commons)

The Moon’s Biggest Crater Is Revealing Lunar Formation Secrets We Never Knew
17th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

A crater that covers nearly a quarter of the Moon’s surface has revealed new information on how Earth’s natural satellite buddy formed – and the findings have tremendous implications, researchers say.

Fungus creates fake fragrant flowers to fool bees
17th February 2021 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Earth

Fungi have been discovered making fake flowers that look and even smell like the real thing, fooling bees and other pollinating insects into visiting them.

Most southerly evidence of Neanderthals revealed in cave in Palestine
17th February 2021 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Humans

The fossilised tooth of a nine-year-old child found in Shuqba (or Shukbah) Cave is the most southerly evidence of Neanderthals ever discovered.

Scientists believe they have discovered where asteroid which wiped out dinosaurs came from
17th February 2021 news.sky.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A “sungrazed” comet may be responsible for the extinction event around 66 million years ago.

Microdosing for Chronic Pain: Does it Actually Help?
17th February 2021 doubleblindmag.com | Humans, Misc.

We need alternatives to over-the-counter painkillers. Could microdosing for chronic pain be the answer?

Neanderthals and Homo sapiens used identical Nubian technology
15th February 2021 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans

Long held in a private collection, the newly analysed tooth of an approximately 9-year-old Neanderthal child marks the hominin’s southernmost known range. Analysis of the associated archaeological assemblage suggests Neanderthals used Nubian Levallois technology, previously thought to be restricted to Homo sapiens.

A Peculiar Side Effect of Prozac: Fish Swimming in Our Waste Lose Their Individuality
15th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The fish on antidepressants seemed to lose their capability for individuality as a result of their exposure, with variations in behaviour between separate animals diminishing as the dose got stronger.

Life found beneath Antarctic ice sheet ‘shouldn’t be there’
15th February 2021 | newscientist.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The inadvertent discovery of sea life on a boulder beneath an Antarctic ice shelf challenges our understanding of how organisms can live in environments far from sunlight, according to a team of biologists.

What Happens When You Swap a Human Gene With a Neanderthal’s?
15th February 2021 | wired.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Now that we’ve gotten a look at the genomes of archaic humans, researchers are trying to determine whether our differences are due to genetics.

World’s oldest known beer factory may have been unearthed in Egypt
15th February 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have unearthed what could be the oldest known beer factory at one of the most prominent archaeological sites of ancient Egypt, a top antiquities official said on Saturday.

Birds can ‘read’ the Earth’s magnetic signature well enough to get back on course
12th February 2021 phys.org | Animal Life, Earth

Birdwatchers get very excited when a ‘rare’ migratory bird makes landfall having been blown off-course and flown beyond its normal range. But these are rare for a reason; most birds that have made the journey before they are able to correct for large displacements and find their final destination.

Life on Mars? Escaping water vapour offers new clues
12th February 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

Researchers have observed water vapour escaping high up in the thin atmosphere of Mars, offering tantalising new clues as to whether the red planet could have once hosted life.

Stonehenge: Did the stone circle originally stand in Wales?
12th February 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

One of Britain’s biggest and oldest stone circles has been found in Wales – and could be the original building blocks of Stonehenge.

 

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