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Norway funds satellite map of world’s tropical forests
22nd October 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Tech

A unique satellite dataset on the world’s tropical forests is now available for all to see and use. It’s a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly.

Ancient Maya built sophisticated water filters
22nd October 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Ancient Maya in the once-bustling city of Tikal built sophisticated water filters using natural materials they imported from miles away, according to the University of Cincinnati.

Turbulent environment set the stage for leaps in human evolution 320,000 years ago
22nd October 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

People thrive all across the globe, at every temperature, altitude and landscape. How did human beings become so successful at adapting to whatever environment we wind up in?

Native American tribes make new bid to shut down Dakota pipeline
22nd October 2020 | aljazeera.com | Humans, Misc.

Native American tribes opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline once again have asked a federal judge to stop the flow of oil while the legal battle over the line’s future plays out.

New evidence found of the ritual significance of a classic Maya sweat bath in Guatemala
20th October 2020 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans

Sweat baths have a long history of use in Mesoamerica. Commonly used by midwives in postpartum and perinatal care in contemporary Maya communities, these structures are viewed as grandmother figures, a pattern that can also be traced to earlier periods of history.

Egypt says another trove of ancient coffins found in Saqqara
20th October 2020 abcnews.go.com | Ancient, Humans

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed another trove of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, authorities said Monday.

Image from Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt – panoramio (10).jpg (Wiki Commons)

New dating results for two Lower Palaeolithic sites in France
20th October 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

“The initial purpose of this study was to refine the chronology of these two sites, which are amongst the oldest evidence of human presence in Western Europe, north of the 45°N latitude, before 500,000 years ago,”

Huge cat found etched into desert among Nazca Lines in Peru
19th October 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

Feline geoglyph from 200-100BC emerges during work at Unesco world heritage site

Was Jesus a magician?
19th October 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Ancient art throughout the catacombs of Rome, painted on the walls and carved into stone coffins, shows Jesus as he multiplies loaves of bread, heals the sick and brings the dead back to life. These images are unified by one surprising element: In each of them, Jesus appears to brandish a wand.

The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week! Here’s what to expect.
19th October 2020 | space.com | Humans, Space

It’s an excellent year to view the Orionids, which peak before dawn on Wednesday (Oct. 21).

Melting Alpine glaciers yield archaeologic troves, but clock ticking
19th October 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

The group climbed the steep mountainside, clambering across an Alpine glacier, before finding what they were seeking: a crystal vein filled with the precious rocks needed to sculpt their tools.

A Trip Through the Universe: How Psychedelic Art Overlaps with Space Art
19th October 2020 doubleblindmag.com | Humans, Misc.

The earliest blotter papers expressed the astronomical depths of LSD with images of crescent moons, swirling nebulas, and star scapes.

Could Schrödinger’s cat exist in real life?
19th October 2020 cosmosmagazine.com | Humans, Misc.

Have you ever been in more than one place at the same time? If you’re much bigger than an atom, the answer will be no.

Awe-inspiring psychedelic trips reduce narcissism by boosting connectedness and empathy, study suggests
17th October 2020 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

New research suggests that feelings of awe from psychedelic drugs can positively affect narcissistic personality traits.

Image by David Morris (Wiki Commons)

Incredible details of 10,000-year-old trek revealed in fossil footprints
17th October 2020 | nationalgeographic.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

More than 10,000 years ago, a woman or young man—a toddler balanced on one hip—set out on a harried trip northward through what is now White Sands National Park, New Mexico.

Do we live in a simulation? Chances are about 50–50.
15th October 2020 | livescience.com | Humans, Weird

Such conversations may seem flippant. But ever since Nick Bostrom of the University of Oxford wrote a seminal paper about the simulation argument in 2003, philosophers, physicists, technologists and, yes, comedians have been grappling with the idea of our reality being a simulacrum

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