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Cannabis shops set to open in Canada by autumn after Senate approves legalisation
8th June 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The Cannabis Act will now go back to the House of Commons, which passed the bill in November 2017 but needs to sign off on changes made by the Senate.

A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong, And It Could Change History as We Know It
6th June 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

This may not seem like a huge deal, but in situations where a decade or two of discrepancy counts, radiocarbon dating could be misrepresenting important details.

Researchers report the earliest fossil footprints
6th June 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Fossil footprints for animal appendages in the Ediacaran Period (about 635-541 million years ago) have been discovered in China. This is considered the earliest animal fossil footprint record.

Traditional Aboriginal healers should work alongside doctors to help close the gap
5th June 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Aboriginal healing practices involve mindfulness and attention to relationships with all living things, as well as seeking the advice and treatments of traditional healers.

The art of healing: five medicinal plants used by Aboriginal Australians
5th June 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

People have lived in Australia for at least 65,000 years. In all those generations the land provided original Australians with everything they needed for a healthy life.

Small asteroid zipped through Earth’s atmosphere Saturday
4th June 2018 | Earth, Space

The IAU has confirmed that the asteroid originally designated ZLAF9B2 – now called 2018 LA – disintegrated at a height of 30 miles (50 km) over South Africa on Saturday.

New map of Alaska’s ancient coast supports theory that America’s first people arrived by boat
31st May 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The coast of southeastern Alaska was largely ice-free and full of plant and animal life 17,000 years ago—a welcoming environment for people venturing south.

Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid
31st May 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

New research suggests that the crater was home to sea life less than a decade after impact, and it contained a thriving ecosystem within 30,000 years.


Could scientists bring dinosaurs back to life?
31st May 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Is it possible to bring these long gone reptiles back from the dead and, if we could, would we really want to?

Canada to buy controversial Trans Mountain pipeline
30th May 2018 | | Earth, Humans

Environmentalists vow to continue fighting after Trudeau government approves the purchase of the 1,000km project.

Explore Historic Mount Everest Expeditions Through National Geographic Maps
29th May 2018 | Earth, Humans
On this day, 65 years ago, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Prehistoric Teeth Reveal Details On Ancient Africa’s Climate
29th May 2018 | Ancient, Earth

New research out of South Africa’s Wonderwerk Cave shows that the climate of the interior of southern Africa almost two million years ago was like no modern African environment – it was much wetter.

New Stonehenge Theory Says Humans Didn’t Move Stones After All
28th May 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Rather than being transported by humans as is commonly thought, this theory instead argues that the stones were carried by a glacier.

Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution
28th May 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Was there some catastrophic event 200,000 years ago that nearly wiped the slate clean?

Giant canyons discovered in Antarctica
26th May 2018 | | Earth

The deep troughs run for hundreds of kilometres, cutting through tall mountains – none of which are visible at the snowy surface of the continent.

Marijuana Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer’s Protein From The Brain
26th May 2018 | | Earth, Humans

The finding supports the results of previous studies that found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with neurodegenerative disease.

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