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Smoking Gun: Fifty years of study by Bill Napier et al. vindicated in new paper
14th October 2021 cosmictusk.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

A comprehensive study of the Taurid meteor stream released last week confirms a central understanding of astronomer Dr. Bill Napier and the Comet Research Group, which was incorporated into the YDI hypothesis from the start in 2007

‘I think there’s life out there’: powerful radio antenna used for first time to find exoplanets
13th October 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space, Tech

New techniques for spotting previously hidden planets could reveal whether there is life out there – or not.

Psychedelic use associated with lower odds of heart disease and diabetes, study finds
13th October 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

People who have tried a psychedelic drug at least once in their lifetime have lower odds of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research published in Scientific Reports.

Popular theory of Native American origins debunked by genetics and skeletal biology
13th October 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

A widely accepted theory of Native American origins coming from Japan has been attacked in a new scientific study, which shows that the genetics and skeletal biology “simply does not match-up”.

Mysterious Text Suggests Europeans Knew of America Long Before Columbus Set Sail
13th October 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Exactly how and when people settled in North America is a topic of much fascination for experts, and now a new analysis of ancient documents is shedding light on some lesser known details of this long-contested timeline.

A better way to legalize marijuana
13th October 2021 | vox.com | Humans, Misc.

States are generally following the same model for marijuana legalization. They don’t have to.

Mars scientists now know where to look for life
11th October 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Space

The researchers are sure now they’ve sent the robot to a location that provides the best possible opportunity to find signs of ancient life.

Oldest footprints of pre-humans identified in Crete
11th October 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

The oldest known footprints of pre-humans were found on the Mediterranean island of Crete and are at least six million years old, says an international team of researchers…

What if the universe had no beginning?
11th October 2021 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Weird

In the beginning, there was … well, maybe there was no beginning. Perhaps our universe has always existed — and a new theory of quantum gravity reveals how that could work.

Seattle Decriminalizes Possession and Cultivation Of Psychedelics
11th October 2021 doubleblindmag.com | Humans, Misc.

Seattle is now the largest city in the United States to decriminalize psychedelic plants and fungi.

Would we still see ourselves as ‘human’ if other hominin species hadn’t gone extinct?
7th October 2021 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans

In our mythologies, there’s often a singular moment when we became “human”. Eve plucked the fruit of the tree of knowledge and gained awareness of good and evil. Prometheus created men from clay and gave them fire. But in the modern origin story, evolution, there’s no defining moment of creation. Instead, humans emerged gradually, generation by generation, from earlier species.

Study suggests earliest use of bone tools to produce clothing in Morocco 120,000 years ago
7th October 2021 news.asu.edu | Ancient, Humans

Dating from 120,000 to 90,000 years ago, the bone tools were found in association with carnivore remains that showed signs of skinning for furs and pelts.

Psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms makes music more emotional to our brain
7th October 2021 | sciencefocus.com | Humans, Misc.

Previous studies have also found that LSD, another psychedelic drug, can enhance the emotional responses triggered by music, so the team wanted to find out if psilocybin had a similar effect.

7,000-year-old Indonesian woman reshapes views on early humans
7th October 2021 | aljazeera.com | Ancient, Humans

Research on remains provides first clue that mixing between early humans in Indonesia and Siberia happened earlier than previously thought.

People have long claimed to hear the northern lights. Are the reports true?
5th October 2021 | livescience.com | Humans, Space

It’s a question that has puzzled observers for centuries: do the fantastic green and crimson light displays of the aurora borealis produce any discernible sound?

Late persistence of human ancestors at the margins of the monsoon in India
5th October 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

New research led by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History has re-examined a key Acheulean site at the margins of the monsoon zone in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, revealing the presence of Acheulean populations until about 177,000 years ago, shortly before the earliest expansions of Homo sapiens across Asia.

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