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Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville: ‘America’s first city’
24th July 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Cahokia was the largest prehistoric American Indian settlement north of Mexico. It’s known as “America’s first city,” and it is believed to have had a population larger than London in 1250.

Crop circle reveals monument older than Stonehenge
24th July 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

In normal conditions the difference is unnoticeable, but the drought has brought the ancient monument into clear view.

Minnesota pipeline a step closer to being replaced. Native Americans and environmentalists are ready for a fight
20th July 2018 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The Minnesota pipeline at the center of this latest battle is a replacement for an existing pipeline called Line 3.

You’re living in a new geologic age. It’s called the Meghalayan
20th July 2018 | | Earth

It’s one of three newly designated ages divvying up the Holocene Epoch, a geologic time period kicked off 11,700 years ago by the end of the Ice Age.

White Clover Can Be an Annoying Weed. It May Also Hold Secrets to Urban Evolution.
20th July 2018 | | Earth, Humans

The ubiquitous plant alters its defense systems in a tougher environment, prompting researchers to call it a perfect test species for study as urban areas expand.

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of bread
18th July 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Tiny specks of bread have been found in fireplaces used by hunter-gatherers 14,000 years ago, predating agriculture by thousands of years.

Earth’s Oldest Color Dates Back More Than 1 Billion Years
10th July 2018 | | Earth, Weird

Is bright pink the new black? Well, not exactly, but it is the world’s oldest-known color, according to new research.

Coming soon to a lab near you? Genetically modified cannabis
10th July 2018 | | Earth, Humans

Scientists might be able to draw from new sources of cannabis compounds for research.

Monsanto ‘bullied scientists’ and hid weedkiller cancer risk, lawyer tells court
10th July 2018 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

As ill California man’s landmark case begins, attorney attacks Roundup maker’s response to researchers’ findings.

Cross species transfer of genes has driven evolution
9th July 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Far from just being the product of our parents, widespread transfer of genes between species has radically changed the genomes of today’s mammals, and been an important driver of evolution.

First Human Mission To Binary Asteroid Will Help NASA Defend Earth From Possible Collisions
3rd July 2018 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The Hera spacecraft mission, proposed by the European Space Agency, is heading to a binary asteroid to support NASA’s planetary defense plan against potential asteroid collision.

An asteroid exploded over Russia this week
25th June 2018 | Earth, Humans, Space

The small asteroid exploded in the air; fragments may have reached Earth. Plus … why are so many large meteors seen over Russia?

The FDA approved a pot-derived drug for seizures — will the DEA allow it to be sold?
25th June 2018 | | Earth, Humans

For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made from cannabis.

Preparing for the Asteroid Apocalypse
24th June 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The U.S. launches a new effort to better catalog Earth killers. But the big question is what to do if we find one headed our way.

This Magical Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit
22nd June 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Weird

It looks like a normal tree, but in spring the plant reveals a patchwork of blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months.

What is cannabis oil and how does it work?
19th June 2018 | | Earth, Humans

Your questions about the medical use of cannabis oil answered.

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