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5,000 years of history of domestic cats in Central Europe
14th July 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A loner and a hunter with highly developed territorial instincts, a cruel carnivore, a disobedient individual: the cat. These features make the species averse to domestication. Even so, we did it.

Aztec palace’s remains uncovered off Mexico City’s main Zócalo plaza
14th July 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

The remains of an ancient Aztec palace have been discovered under a stately building in Mexico City.

Is what I see, what I imagine? Study finds neural overlap between vision and imagination
14th July 2020 | eurekalert.org | Humans, Tech

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina find link between mental imagery and vision using artificial intelligence and human brain studies

Biosignatures may reveal a wealth of new data locked inside old fossils
14th July 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

Step aside, skeletons—a new world of biochemical ‘signatures’ found in all kinds of ancient fossils is revealing itself to paleontologists, providing a new avenue for insights into major evolutionary questions.

What Happens As We’re Dying? The First And Last Things To Go
14th July 2020 | forbes.com | Humans, Misc.

In a June 2020 groundbreaking study published in Scientific Reports, neuroscientists provided the first empirical evidence that some people can still hear while in an unresponsive state hours before dying.

Activists seek to decriminalize ‘magic’ mushrooms in DC
14th July 2020 abcnews.go.com | Humans, Space

The posters started blanketing light posts just a few weeks after the city entered what would be a monthslong stay-at-home order. Vividly colored and bearing a three-headed mushroom, they asked Washingtonians to “reform laws for plant and fungi medicines” by making natural psychedelics “the lowest level police enforcement priority.”

Image by David Bjorgen (Wikki Commons)

Lumpy flint figurines may be some of the earliest depictions of real people
14th July 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists at an ancient burial site in Jordan thought one of their team might have sunstroke when he suggested some rough flints he’d found could represent people. But now his discovery could change how scientists think about the Neolithic Near East.

‘Sensational’ Egypt find offers clues in hunt for Cleopatra’s tomb
14th July 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

She was the fabled queen of ancient Egypt, immortalised over thousands of years as a beautiful seductress. But, despite her fame, Cleopatra’s tomb is one of the great unsolved mysteries.

The Power of Psychedelics
14th July 2020 | scientificamerican.com | Humans, Misc.

They worked for my depression. Could they be the future of psychiatry?

Comet captured streaking across Stonehenge night sky
13th July 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space

Comet Neowise has been spotted by stargazers across the UK and around the world as it heads past Earth.

The universe’s clock might have bigger ticks than we imagine
13th July 2020 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The smallest conceivable length of time might be no larger than a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second.

Detection of electrical signaling between tomato plants raises interesting questions
13th July 2020 phys.org | Earth, Humans, Tech

The soil beneath our feet is alive with electrical signals being sent from one plant to another, according to research in which a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering participated.

This parrot beat 21 Harvard students in a classic memory game
10th July 2020 | livescience.com | Animal Life, Humans

African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) can live more than 50 years, memorize dozens of words in English and, if given the chance, outsmart a flock of Harvard students in a classic Shell Game.

Americans Increase LSD Use—and a Bleak Outlook for the World May Be to Blame
10th July 2020 | scientificamerican.com | Humans, Misc.

In the years leading up to the roaring 2020s, young people were once again dropping acid.

Advanced technology sheds new light on evolution of teeth
10th July 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The evolution of human teeth began among ancient armored fishes more than 400 million years ago. In the scientific journal Science, an international team led by researchers from Uppsala University presents groundbreaking findings about these earliest jawed vertebrates.

120,000-year-old necklace tells of the origin of string
10th July 2020 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Humans

People living on the Israeli coast 120,000 years ago strung ocher-painted seashells on flax string, according to a recent study in which archaeologists examined microscopic traces of wear inside naturally occurring holes in the shells.

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