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Stone Age axe dating back 1.3 million years unearthed in Morocco
1st August 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

Researchers find North Africa’s oldest Stone Age hand-axe manufacturing site, dating back 1.3 million years.

Exploring blood types of Neanderthal and Denisovan individuals
1st August 2021 | Ancient, Humans

An analysis of the blood types of one Denisovan and three Neanderthal individuals has uncovered new clues to the evolutionary history, health, and vulnerabilities of their populations

Bronze Age cemetery reveals history of a high-status woman and her twins
30th July 2021 | Ancient, Humans

Ancient urn graves contain a wealth of information about a high-ranking woman and her Bronze Age Vatya community, according to a study published July 28, 2021 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Claudio Cavazzuti from the University of Bologna, Italy, and Durham University, UK, and colleagues.

German researchers uncover Neanderthal hunting tool in rare find
27th July 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

A team from the University of Tübingen and the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment found a 65,000-year-old Neanderthal leaf point at Hohle Fels Cave in southern Germany, a press release announced on Sunday.

Stone Age tools, cave paintings discovered in Haryana could be clues to ‘prehistoric factory’
27th July 2021 | Ancient, Humans

Haryana archaeology dept is yet to carry out a full survey, but believe they’ve discovered possibly the largest Paleolithic site in the Indian subcontinent.

Audio long-read: How ancient people learned to love carbs
27th July 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeological evidence shows that ancient people ate bread, beer and other carbs, long before domesticated crops.

Image from: Gugatchitchinadze (Wiki Commons)

Is medical cannabis really a magic bullet?
26th July 2021 | | Humans, Misc.

Research increasingly suggests that extracts from the plant are effective in treating pain, anxiety, epilepsy and more, but experts still preach caution around recreational use.

New study sheds light on how LSD’s entropic effects on the brain impact language production
26th July 2021 | | Humans, Misc.

Language produced under the influence of the psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) displays increased levels of entropy and reduced semantic coherence, according to new research published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition. In other words, people tend to have more disorganized speech while under the effects of LSD and are more likely to jump from one topic to another.

‘Eye of Sauron’ volcano and other deep-sea structures discovered in underwater ‘Mordor’
26th July 2021 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Researchers exploring the Indian Ocean have discovered the remains of a collapsed underwater volcano with an uncanny resemblance to the all-seeing “Eye of Sauron” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy series “The Lord of the Rings,” as well as two other seafloor structures named after places in Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Meteor wows Norway after blazing through night sky
26th July 2021 | | Humans, Space

Norwegians have been left awestruck by a bright meteor that illuminated the night sky in the country’s south-east.


Mexican Archaeologists Forced to Bury an Unusual Discovery Made in Old Aztec Capital
26th July 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

In a strange turn of events, researchers in Mexico have announced they plan to rebury an unusual archaeological monument found in the outskirts of Mexico City – covering up an important historical discovery until some unknown time in the future.

When an ancient volcanic ‘supereruption’ caused sudden cooling, early humans got lucky
21st July 2021 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Around 74,000 years ago, a “supereruption” on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, blasted out an estimated 5,000 cubic kilometres of magma.

‘Alien abduction’ stories may come from lucid dreaming, study hints
21st July 2021 | | Humans, Weird

Lucid dreaming, in which people are partially aware and can control their dreams during sleep, could explain so-called alien abduction stories, a study suggests.

Scientists Are Giving AI The Ability to Imagine Things It’s Never Seen Before
21st July 2021 | | Humans, Tech

Artificial intelligence (AI) is proving very adept at certain tasks – like inventing human faces that don’t actually exist, or winning games of poker – but these networks still struggle when it comes to something humans do naturally: imagine.

When did humans start experimenting with alcohol and drugs?
19th July 2021 | Humans, Misc.

Humans constantly alter the world. We fire fields, turn forests into farms, and breed plants and animals. But humans don’t just reshape our external world—we engineer our internal worlds, and reshape our minds.

Psilocybin induces rapid and persistent growth of neural connections in the brain’s frontal cortex, study finds
19th July 2021 | | Humans, Misc.

Harvard scientists have found that a single dose of psilocybin given to mice induces a rapid and long-lasting increase in connections between pyramidal neurons in the medial frontal cortex, an area of the brain known to be involved in control and decision-making. Their new findings are published in the journal Neuron.

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