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Cannabis Chemical May Help Treat Pancreatic Cancer
22nd August 2019 | independent.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Tech

A cannabis chemical may have a “major impact” in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study.

America’s Largest Asteroid Impact Left a Trail of Destruction Across the Eastern United States
20th August 2019 | space.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

America’s largest impact crater wreaked havoc on the land and water. Scientists are just beginning to understand it.

‘The system is swamped.’ Canada can’t keep up with requests to study cannabis
20th August 2019 | sciencemag.org | Earth, Humans

The queue of applicants—there were 251 in line as of late July—and the attendant monthslong waiting times are frustrating scientists interested in the basic biology and therapeutic possibilities of cannabis.

‘Hundreds’ seek private clinics for medical cannabis
20th August 2019 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Humans

Since its legalisation in November 2018, there have been very few, if any, prescriptions for medical cannabis containing THC on the NHS. And this has led some patients, with conditions such as epilepsy and MS, to pay up to £800 a month privately.

Paper Does NOT Mean 88% Of All Large Freshwater Creatures Are Gone
13th August 2019 | science20.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The investigation was limited to freshwater megafauna and included almost no data from South America, Africa, the Mediterranean, or the Middle East.

Earth’s largest freshwater creatures at risk of extinction
12th August 2019 | nationalgeographic.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth

Many of the world’s freshwater megafauna—including sumo-sized stingrays, colossal catfish, giant turtles, and gargantuan salamanders—may soon find themselves on the brink of extinction.

Chaco forest, home of an ancient indigenous tribe, is destroyed at dramatic rates
12th August 2019 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Humans

The region is home to the Ayoreo Totobiegosode tribe – the last people in the Americas outside the Amazon to remain uncontacted by outsiders.

During the last ice age, humans in Africa lived in the mountains
12th August 2019 | earth.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The researchers found that humans settled higher up in the mountains earlier than previously realized and lived in the region for more extended periods as well during the Middle Pleistocene Epoch.

What Would Happen If A ‘City-Killer’ Asteroid Hits London? Scientists Discuss Grim Scenario
8th August 2019 | ibtimes.com | Earth, Humans, Space

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and cosmochemist Natalie Starkey recently discussed what would happen if the asteroid that caused the Chelyabinsk impact event hit a heavily-populated city.

Asteroid’s surprise close approach illustrates need for more eyes on the sky
7th August 2019 phys.org | Earth, Space

Archival records from sky surveys show it had previously been observed but wasn’t recognised as a near-Earth asteroid.

More People Die Defending the Environment in a Year Than UK and Australian Soldiers Combined
7th August 2019 earther.gizmodo.com | Earth, Humans

The study used data on the number of environmental defender deaths collected from the international human rights group Global Witness.

Cannabis ‘to be legalised in the UK’ within five to ten years, say MPs
30th July 2019 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Humans

A group of cross-party MPs who’ve been on a fact-finding trip to Canada predict the UK will fully legalise cannabis use within five to ten years.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Fights Back With Clean Energy
29th July 2019 | forbes.com | Earth, Humans

The Sioux Nation is fighting back by building the largest solar energy farm in North Dakota.

We Now Know How The Cannabis Plant Produces Its Super-Strength, Pain-Killing Compounds
25th July 2019 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The team behind the research hope their findings might one day help us create new painkillers that come without the troublesome side effect of potential addiction.

A Mysterious, Cross-Shaped Structure Is Buried Underground in Russia. It Could Be One of the World’s Oldest Churches.
20th July 2019 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans

The unknown structure sits in a fortification in Derbent that dates to around A.D. 300.

The First Archaeological Artefacts Found During the Search for Lost Prehistoric Settlements in the North Sea
16th July 2019 | uwtsd.ac.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

It has long been suspected that the southern North Sea hides a vast landscape that once was home to thousands of people.

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