Humans news stories

New research confirms lingering mood benefit of psychedelics
21st January 2020 medicalxpress.com | Humans, Misc.

People who had recently used psychedelics such as psilocybin report a sustained improvement in mood and feeling closer to others after the high has worn off, shows a new Yale study published the week of Jan. 20.

Alien life is out there. But our theories are steering us away from it.
20th January 2020 | space.com | Earth, Humans, Space

If we discovered evidence of alien life, would we even realize it? Life on other planets could be so different from what we’re used to that we might not recognize any biological signatures that it produces.

Sorbonne experts confirm fossilized skull found in Iran belongs to Homo sapiens
20th January 2020 | tehrantimes.com | Ancient, Humans

A team of researches and archaeologists from the Sorbonne University has confirmed a fragment of a fossilized skull, which had been found in an Iranian cave, belongs to Homo sapiens, the only extant human species.

Psychedelics have ‘extraordinarily potent’ anti-inflammatory power. Is there a place for them in mainstream medicine?
17th January 2020 geneticliteracyproject.org | Humans, Misc.

Research on psychedelics, which have been profoundly stigmatized, highly restricted, and tragically undeveloped for more than half a century, is stirring back to life….

Johns Hopkins Scientists Give Psychedelics the Serious Treatment
17th January 2020 | scientificamerican.com | Humans, Misc.

The first research center of its kind in the country is bringing renewed rigor to the investigation of the drugs’ therapeutic uses.

New Discovery In Ancient Egyptian Art Reveals a Sophisticated Understanding of the Brain and its Role in Consciousness
17th January 2020 | prweb.com | Ancient, Humans

A significant discovery might forever change our picture of the distant past, and our estimation of how intelligent our ancient ancestors were.

Story of ancient wonder Göbeklitepe to be adapted into opera work
16th January 2020 iadsb.tmgrup.com.tr | Ancient, Humans

Turkey’s State Opera and Ballet will present audiences with the story of the mysterious 12,000-year-old site of Göbeklitepe in an operatic form on Feb. 19.

Neanderthals ‘dived in the ocean’ for shellfish
16th January 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

New data suggests that our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals may have been diving under the ocean for clams. It adds to mounting evidence that the old picture of these ancient people as brutish and unimaginative is wrong.

Infectious disease defenses among ancient hominid contributions to adaptation of modern humans
16th January 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

During the past decade, our human evolutionary tree has turned into something more resembling an unwieldy bush.

In Russia’s Far North, a Lone Group of Neanderthals May Have Been the Last of Their Kind
15th January 2020 | discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

Near the Arctic Circle, a group of Neanderthals may have persisted for thousands of years after the rest of their species disappeared.

800,000 Years Ago, a Meteor Slammed Into Earth. Scientists Just Found the Crater.
15th January 2020 | space.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

About 790,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into Earth with such force that the explosion blanketed about 10% of the planet with shiny black lumps of rocky debris.

Activists Take Steps To Decriminalize Psychedelics In Washington, D.C.
15th January 2020 | marijuanamoment.net | Humans, Misc.

Psychedelics decriminalization could be coming to the nation’s capital, where advocates recently submitted a ballot initiative to make entheogenic substances among the city’s lowest law enforcement priorities.

6 Incredible Facts About the Prehistoric Altamira Cave Paintings
15th January 2020 mymodernmet.com | Ancient, Humans

When we think of what life must have been like in prehistoric times, we don’t often leave much space to consider the art these people may have left behind.

‘I wake up and I’m a baby’: an NFL star’s journey into ayahuasca
15th January 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

It was a few hours into his first ayahuasca treatment that Kerry Rhodes vomited a foetus into a bucket and found truth.

15 Buried Archaeological Sites That Were Only Discovered Recently
15th January 2020 | thetravel.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

New archaeological discoveries are being found in almost every part of the world. And thanks to new and improved technologies, these ancient discoveries are being found quicker than before.

Study puts the ‘Carib’ in ‘Caribbean,’ boosting credibility of Columbus’ cannibal claims
12th January 2020 phys.org | Humans

Columbus’ accounts of the Caribbean include harrowing descriptions of fierce raiders who abducted women and cannibalized men, which were dismissed as myths but a new study suggests they may have been true.

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