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Astronomers report two new space oddities
15th October 2020 cosmosmagazine.com | Space, Weird

Death by spaghettification and a stellar peacock.

What Psychedelic Mushrooms Are Teaching Us About Human Consciousness
13th October 2020 | discovermagazine.com | Humans, Misc.

Psychedelic drugs like psilocybin are being tested to treat mental illness. They’re also expanding our understanding about human consciousness.

Central Asian horse riders played ball games 3,000 years ago
13th October 2020 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans

Today, ball games are one of the most popular leisure activities in the world, an important form of mass entertainment and big business. But who invented balls, where and when?

Stone cold masterpieces – the art of the Olmecs
13th October 2020 | apollo-magazine.com | Ancient, Humans

Long overshadowed by traditions that loom larger in the public imagination such as the Maya and the Aztecs, artists of the Gulf Coast region of Mexico produced some of the most striking sculptures known from the ancient Americas.

How we deciphered Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs
13th October 2020 | sciencefocus.com | Ancient, Humans

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb wouldn’t happen for another century but in 1821 in Piccadilly, London, an exhibition about ancient Egypt opened. Encouraged by Napoleon’s dramatic invasion of Egypt two decades earlier, ‘Egyptomania’ was catching on in Britain as it had in Paris.

Image from Awikimate (Wiki Commons)

 

Birds share food with less fortunate conspecifics
13th October 2020 phys.org | Animal Life, Humans

People aren’t the only ones who show sympathy. Birds also seem to care about the fate of conspecifics. They notice how much food the others already have and then share theirs with individuals that were not given any.

The case for funding psychedelics to treat mental health
13th October 2020 | vox.com | Humans, Misc.

Scientists are developing psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, into a treatment for depression.

Shamans, sun gods, warriors: Thousands of Bronze Age petroglyphs mark this ancient site
10th October 2020 | nationalgeographic.com

In Kazakhstan’s Tamgaly gorge, 3,500-year-old rock art provides clues about the society that created them.

Image from Wiki Commons

Our Brain Is Better at Remembering Where to Find Brownies Than Cherry Tomatoes
10th October 2020 | scientificamerican.com | Ancient, Humans

New findings published today in Scientific Reports suggest that one major feature of our spatial recall is efficiently locating high-calorie, energy-rich food. The study’s authors believe human spatial memory ensured that our hunter-gatherer ancestors could prioritize the location of reliable nutrition, giving them an evolutionary leg up.

‘Rapid evolution’ means humans now being born without wisdom teeth
10th October 2020 | independent.co.uk | Humans

Some babies are now being born without wisdom teeth, and more people have a previously rare additional artery in their forearm, as humansundergo a “micro-evolution”, a new study suggests.

MDMA Therapy Helped Me Overcome Trauma From Growing up in a War Zone
9th October 2020 | vice.com | Humans, Misc.

A startup founder who fled from a chaotic and violent childhood in Myanmar opens up about how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy helped her come to terms with repressed shame and grief.

Planets more hospitable to life than Earth may already have been discovered
9th October 2020 | livescience.com | Humans, Space, Tech

At least two dozen planets outside the solar system might be better for life than Earth. These planets are just a little older, a little wetter, a little warmer and a little larger than Earth is, researchers wrote Sept. 18 in the journal Astrobiology.

Asteroid Bennu may have been home to ancient water flows
9th October 2020 | technologyreview.com | Space, Tech

A stream of new studies reveals clues about Bennu’s past….

New Zealand health experts back reform of ‘outdated’ cannabis laws
9th October 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

In an editorial in the New Zealand Medical Journal, specialists from the fields of addiction treatment, public health, health promotion and epidemiology have urged New Zealanders to tick yes in the referendum, days after a poll showed the vote on a knife-edge.

Newborn Neanderthals had a robust and broad thoracic cage just like adults
9th October 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

The journal Science Advances published a study showing that newborn Neanderthals possessed a broad thoracic cage similar to adults, capable of sustaining the demanding energy expenditure of a large and broad body.

1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway
9th October 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

The remains of a 1,200-year-old pagan temple to the Old Norse gods such as Thor and Odin have been discovered in Norway — a rare relic of the Viking religion built a few centuries before Christianity became dominant there.

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