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We will rock you: the world prepares for Asteroid Day
28th June 2019 | Ancient, Earth, Space, Tech

Scientists, scholars, astrophysicists, engineers, students and academics will gather in 192 countries to be part of the official United Nations’ day of awareness and education.

An asteroid hit Earth right after being spotted by telescope this week
28th June 2019 | | Earth, Space

A small, harmless space rock turned into a fireball in our atmosphere. What’s unusual is that astronomers saw it beforehand.

Switzerland aims to legalise medical marijuana
28th June 2019 | Earth, Humans

The Swiss government has proposed to allow prescriptions for cannabis to treat people suffering from cancer or other serious conditions.

Illinois Governor Signs Law Legalizing Recreational Use Of Marijuana
28th June 2019 | | Earth, Humans

Illinois has become the 11th state in the country to legalize the recreational use and purchase of marijuana.

A Pre-Inca Technology Could Answer Lima’s Water Woes
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Lima, Peru’s capital, is running dangerously low on water, but archaeology may provide an answer in the form of a system of water storage developed by the area’s indigenous people 1,400 years ago.

‘Lost City’ Hidden in Rainforest Reveals Treasure Trove of Rare And Unknown Creatures
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Doubts have swirled around disputed archaeological ‘discoveries’ of this La Ciudad Blanca, but one fact is finally clear: this rich environment, mythical or not, harbours a unique ecosystem of animal life.

Cannabis shows promise as a potential antibiotic treatment
28th June 2019 | Earth, Humans

A new study suggests the plant could treat bacterial skin infections

Could This New Approach Unlock Gigawatts Of Native American Solar Energy Potential?
28th June 2019 | | Earth, Humans

A new approach could catalyze solar energy’s potential to create a brighter future for tribal communities facing energy insecurity and high unemployment.

Earth on course to pass through vast swarm of meteors
24th June 2019 | | Earth, Space

Exactly what will happen when our planet sweeps through the Taurid Complex is unknown, but astronomers are preparing to observe the contents of the cosmic debris.

Poll: Asteroid watch more urgent than Mars trip
21st June 2019 | Earth, Humans, Space

Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars.

Using Marijuana to Get High Dates Back Millennia
15th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

The estimated levels of THC in these samples were higher than wild cannabis would normally produce, suggesting intentional cultivation of the plant for its psychoactive powers.

12th June 2019 | | Earth, Space

Nasa has warned about the dangers of asteroids in the future – but not this one.

Ancient asteroid crater located off coast of Scotland
12th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Space object about a mile wide believed to have crashed into Earth around 1.2bn years ago.

Ancient DNA from Roman and medieval grape seeds reveal ancestry of wine making
12th June 2019 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A grape variety still used in wine production in France today can be traced back 900 years to just one ancestral plant, scientists have discovered.

Medical Marijuana Gets Backing From Church of England, FT Says
12th June 2019 | | Earth, Humans

Even religious bodies are seeing the light when it comes to cannabis. The Church of England will relax a self-imposed ban and consider investments in medical marijuana.

Ancient Plants Shake Up Scientists’ Understanding of Evolution
12th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

An ancient, cosmopolitan lineage of plants is shaking up scientists’ understanding of how quickly species evolve in temperate ecosystems and why.

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