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Ancient People Watched a Volcano Erupt. This May Be Their Illustration of It.
4th June 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

After a treacherous volcanic eruption during the Bronze Age, curious humans and their canine companions hiked closer to the volcano, where they left footprints in the fine-grained volcanic ash.

Illinois moves closer to becoming next state to legalize marijuana
31st May 2019 edition.cnn.com | Earth, Humans

The state’s Senate on Wednesday passed legislation on a 38-17 vote that would allow adults to buy and possess small amounts of marijuana.

Cosmic Lightning Storms Sparked Humanity’s Rise To Two-Legged Domination
31st May 2019 | forbes.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Proto-humans’ decision to start walking on two legs is what took us from living in the trees to designing space rockets and it may all have started with a fantastical series of events.

Scientists Find Possible Traces of ‘Lost’ Stone Age Settlement Beneath the North Sea
30th May 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Deep beneath the North Sea, scientists have discovered a fossilized forest that could hold traces of prehistoric early humans who lived there around 10,000 years ago, before the land slipped beneath the waves a few thousand years later.

This Seawater Is 20,000 Years Old, and Has Remained Untouched Since the Last Ice Age
29th May 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth

This could provide the first direct look at how the ocean reacted to the geophysical swings of the last ice age, leading to improved climate models to help understand our own changing world.

Paraguayan indigenous community goes digital to protect ancestral lands
29th May 2019 | reuters.com | Earth, Humans

Mbya leaders believe incorporating technology will help them protect lands that have been occupied by large-scale producers or farmers, preserving forests as a critical source of food and medicinal plants.

New Western study investigates potential risk of Taurid meteor swarm
28th May 2019 mediarelations.uwo.ca | Earth, Space

Earth will approach within 30,000,000 km of the centre of the Taurid swarm this summer, the closest such encounter since 1975.

A promise unfulfilled: water pipeline stops short for Sioux reservation
28th May 2019 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans

After 25 years and a half-billion dollars, only half of the project’s water delivered to Pine Ridge Reservation comes from the Missouri River – unlike supplies for white ranchers.

Ancient Egyptians feasted on watermelons, too, according to find in ancient tomb
28th May 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Certain genes—particularly the ones that make watermelon flesh red and sweet—were more like those of today’s watermelon, indicating this fruit had already been domesticated by 3500 years ago.

How Seed Saving Is Repairing a Painful Past for Native Americans
23rd May 2019 modernfarmer.com | Earth, Humans

For Native Americans, it is spiritually meaningful because they believe that seeds are living, breathing beings from whom they are descended.

Tortoises rule on this isolated island
23rd May 2019 | nationalgeographic.com | Animal Life, Earth

A photographer discovers a primordial paradise where he’s just part of the ecosystem.

Cannabis plant evolved super high
22nd May 2019 | newscientist.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Analysis of ancient pollen suggests cannabis evolved 3 kilometres above sea level on the Tibetan Plateau. This is only a few hundred kilometres from a cave that researchers recently announced was once home to the ancient Denisovans.

Wandering Earth: rocket scientist explains how we could move our planet
17th May 2019 theconversation.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

In 5 billion years, the sun will run out of fuel and expand. A more immediate threat is a global warming apocalypse. Moving the Earth to a wider orbit could be a solution, and it is possible in theory.

Amazon Tribe Wins Lawsuit Against Big Oil, Saving Millions Of Acres Of Rainforest
17th May 2019 | disclose.tv | Earth, Humans

After a long legal battle, the Waorani people have successfully protected half a million acres of their ancestral territory in the Amazon rainforest from being mined for oil drilling by huge oil corporations.

Curtin planetary scientist unravels mystery of Egyptian desert glass
16th May 2019 news.curtin.edu.au | Ancient, Earth, Space

A researcher has solved a 100-year-old riddle by discovering that glass found in the Egyptian desert was created by a meteorite impact. These findings have implications for understanding the threat posed by asteroids.

Facing Extinction Of Their Culture, Indigenous Australians Ask United Nations For Help
14th May 2019 cleantechnica.com | Earth, Humans

They fear that with the effects of climate change, their culture will soon vanish. They argue that by failing to protect them, their government has violated their basic human rights.

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