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The public’s perception of the harms of magic mushrooms is in line with science — but not with the law
19th January 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

New research suggests that the public’s perception of the potential harms of magic mushrooms is not in line with drug laws. The study, which appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that psilocybin-containing mushrooms are considered less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.

13-foot-long ‘Book of the Dead’ scroll found in burial shaft in Egypt
19th January 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

A funerary temple belonging to Queen Nearit has been discovered in the ancient Egyptian burial ground Saqqara next to the pyramid of her husband, pharaoh Teti, who ruled Egypt from around 2323 B.C. to 2291 B.C.

The Milky Way does the wave
19th January 2021 phys.org | Space

In results announced this week at the 237th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, scientists from the Sloan Digital Sky survey present the most detailed look yet at the warp of our own galaxy.

Mexico archaeologists reveal tale of cannibalism and reprisal from conquest
19th January 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

A convoy of Spaniards and allies was ritually sacrificed in 1520 at Tecoaque – ‘the place where they ate them’ – before Hernán Cortés wreaked revenge.

Starwatch: Orion’s treats for the naked-eye star watcher
18th January 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

The mighty constellation of Orion the hunter is one of the greatest sights in the night sky.

Image from:http://deepskycolors.com/astro/JPEG/RBA_Orion_HeadToToes.jpg (Wiki Commons)

Astronomers may have detected background ripples in spacetime itself
18th January 2021 newatlas.com | Ancient, Space

The gravitational waves we’ve detected so far have been like tsunamis in the spacetime sea, but it’s believed that gentle ripples should also pervade the universe. Now, a 13-year survey of light from pulsars scattered across the galaxy may have revealed the first hints of these background signals.

Image from: https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA24036 (Wiki Commons)

Aerial photos capture ‘tree of life’ structures in Norfolk and Suffolk
18th January 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Humans

An aerial photographer has compiled a series of images of skeletal-like ‘trees’ cutting their way through mudflats and lake beds in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Scientists identify contents of ancient Maya drug containers
18th January 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Scientists have identified the presence of a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers for the first time.

Outcry as Trump officials to transfer sacred Native American land to miners
18th January 2021 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans

Critics condemn ‘callous betrayal’ after Trump officials set in motion transfer of Oak Flat to Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

Brain imaging study reveals blunted empathic response to others’ pain when following orders
15th January 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

A brain imaging study has found that inflicting pain on another person in compliance with an order is accompanied by reduced activation in parts of the brain associated with the perception of others’ pain.

Image from: Martin420 (Wiki Commons)

Animal magnetism is real
15th January 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Animal Life

Franz Mesmer might have been on to something when he described animal magnetism as an invisible force possessed by all living things – at least, that seems to be the case with these snakes.

Teeth pendants speak of the elk’s prominent status in the Stone Age
15th January 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Roughly 8,200 years ago, the island of Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov in Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia, housed a large burial ground where men, women and children of varying ages were buried.

Beyond DNA: How proteins let us get up close and personal to our ancient relatives
15th January 2021 | sciencefocus.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Palaeoproteomics, a new technology that studies the proteins of ancient remains, is shaking up history. Not only can we now peer further back in time, but the technique is also letting us see our past in a new way.

Image from: MAKY.OREL (Wiki Commons)

Ancestry of Mariana Islanders linked to Philippines — study
15th January 2021 cnnphilippines.com | Ancient, Humans

A study of two ancient skeletons recovered from Guam indicates that the early settlers of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific may have originated from the Philippines.

Psilocybin produces an immunology-related genetic response in the prefrontal cortex of pig brains
14th January 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Psilocybin does not appear to severely impact gene expression, according to a new study published in European Neuropsychopharmacology. But the psychedelic substance — which is found in “magic” mushrooms — might produce lasting changes to the expression of a few immune-related genes in the brain.

Astronomers Find an Astonishing ‘Super-Earth’ That’s Nearly as Old as The Universe
14th January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space

Around one of the galaxy’s oldest stars, an orange dwarf named TOI-561 just 280 light-years away, astronomers have found three orbiting exoplanets – one of which is a rocky world 1.5 times the size of Earth, whipping around the star on a breakneck 10.5-hour orbit.

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