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Something Really Fascinating Happens When You Give Plants Anaesthetic
12th December 2017 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

It isn’t only humans and animals that are affected by anaesthetics – plants are, too.

Discovery in 12,000-Year-Old Grave Shows Not All Ancient Fishers Were Men
12th December 2017 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest fish hooks found in a grave, and they’re challenging the idea that most of the fishing work in the Indonesian region thousands of years ago was only carried out by men.

NASA Just Unveiled Its Plan to Retrieve The First-Ever Samples From Mars
11th December 2017 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space, Tech

NASA has unveiled its plan for its next Mars rover, “Mars 2020”, which will collect samples from the surface of the red planet.

Science Proves Yoga Has An Incredible Impact On Resilience
11th December 2017 | mindbodygreen.com | Ancient, Humans

The results of a long-term study out of the University of Cincinnati point to yet another reason to adopt a regular yoga practice: It can help with positive coping mechanisms and long-term resilience.

Archaeologists discover two ancient tombs in Egypt’s Luxor
10th December 2017 abcnews.go.com | Ancient, Humans

A cartouche carved on the ceiling bears the name of King Thutmose I of the early 18th dynasty, the ministry said.

Metal From Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Can Also Kill Cancer Cells
9th December 2017 | outerplaces.com | Humans, Space, Tech

A dense metal found in asteroids called iridium can be used to kill cancer cells without causing any harm to the healthy tissue surrounding it, according to a recent study conducted by researchers.

World’s scientists turn to Asia and Australia to rewrite human history
8th December 2017 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans

The speed at which new and astounding discoveries are being made in Australasia has effectively turned the focus of many human evolution researchers from the old bastions of Africa and Eurasia, much further east.

ANCIENT CITY WITH TEMPLE AND BURIAL GROUND FOUND IN TURKEY
8th December 2017 | newsweek.com | Ancient, Humans

An archaeologist in Turkey, tipped off by rumors of treasure hunting in the country’s east, has found an ancient settlement, perhaps up to 3,000 years old, dating from the days of the ancient Middle Eastern kingdom of Urartu.

NEW RESEARCH CHALLENGES ORIGINS OF ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST NATUFIAN CULTURE
8th December 2017 | jpost.com | Ancient, Humans

“In addition to calling into question the idea that the Natufians originated in one settlement and spread outwards, the study suggests that the hunter- gatherers who lived 15,000 to 12,000 years ago were ingenious and resourceful,” said Boaretto.

A Network of Ancient Caves Was Just Discovered Under Montreal
8th December 2017 | cntraveler.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

This week in Montreal, residents discovered a whole new unknown about the world beneath their feet: a vast network of underground tunnels dating back to the ice age, unseen by anyone for thousands of years.

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time
8th December 2017 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended. The map reflects the geographical knowledge (and misconceptions) of its time, but in some ways it’s surprisingly advanced.

Adornments tell about culture of Paleolithic people
8th December 2017 | stonepages.com | Ancient, Humans

Sungir Upper Paleolithic site is about 200 kilometres east of Moscow, and dates to 29,000-31,000 years BP – one of the earliest records of Homo sapiens in Europe. The encampment of prehistoric hunters includes a burial site of a 40-50 year old man and a grave of two children who died at around 10 to 14 years of age. Excavations have revealed over 80 thousand different artefacts.

Atlas of developing human brain launched by researchers
8th December 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Humans, Tech

Scientists have taken the first step towards a comprehensive atlas of gene expression in cells across the developing human brain, making available new insights into how specific cells and gene networks contribute to building this most complex of organs.

Women warriors of Japan: Highly trained, some fought with two swords, and one led an all-female force against the Imperial Army
8th December 2017 | thevintagenews.com | Ancient, Humans

An omnipresent image of Japanese culture is that of the samurai, the “all-masculine” warrior who will decapitate an enemy in cold blood, or who will commit seppuku if he is to keep the honor of his name. However, there are women from Japanese history who can help deconstruct these stereotypical gender representations, one great example being that of the onna bugeisha…

Scientists map ancient rock art in Venezuela
8th December 2017 | upi.com | Ancient, Humans

One of the rock art panels featured in the new map covers an area of nearly 3,300 square feet and hosts 93 different engravings. Another motif features horned snakes stretch nearly 100 feet in length.

Why You’re Probably Related to Nefertiti, Confucius, and Socrates
8th December 2017 bigthink.com | Ancient, Humans

The theory of evolution holds that all living things have common ancestors. But just how far back do humans need to go to find a common ancestor of their own: a person to whom all living people are related?

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