Humans news stories

LSD and DMT Caused the Brain to Form New Connections in Flies and Rats
13th June 2018 motherboard.vice.com | Humans

The effects of psychedelic drugs on neurite density is a promising sign that they may be useful in treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Secrets of the Y Chromosome
11th June 2018 | nytimes.com | Humans

It’s not just what makes males into males. The sex chromosome also influences health in hidden ways, some experts believe, and may even explain why men have shorter life spans.

South America’s Inca civilization was better at skull surgery than Civil War doctors
10th June 2018 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A study of skulls from pre-Columbian Peru suggests the success rates of surgeons there was up to 80% during the Inca era, compared with just 50% during the American Civil War some 400 years later.

Paulette Jordan may become the first Native American governor in US history: Here’s her story
10th June 2018 | independent.co.uk | Humans

Ms Jordan says the values passed down to her from centuries of tradition inform her, as she works to become the governor of Idaho.

Russian Skeletons Show the Bubonic Plague Has Killed People for 4,000 Years
10th June 2018 | inverse.com | Ancient, Humans

The discovery, published Friday in Nature Communications, pushes back the proposed age of the bubonic plague by 1,000 years.

There’s a Surprising Similarity Between How Animals And Humans Talk to Each Other
8th June 2018 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Humans

According to a comprehensive new study, many species take turns in their conversations, just like we do.

Cannabis shops set to open in Canada by autumn after Senate approves legalisation
8th June 2018 | telegraph.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The Cannabis Act will now go back to the House of Commons, which passed the bill in November 2017 but needs to sign off on changes made by the Senate.

Secrets of Orkney’s ancient tombs revealed – in 3D
8th June 2018 | scotsman.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Orkney’s famous chambered cairns have been reconstructed in 3D with viewers able to explore and move around the tombs like never before.

Deadly behavior-modifying weapon identified in insect-world chemical arms race
7th June 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech, Weird

New research joins the dots between zombie ants, an insect-world arms race and the search for new antibiotics.

Ancient paintings found in Krabi cave
7th June 2018 thethaiger.com | Ancient, Humans

More than 60 ancient paintings, thought to be around 3,000-5,000 years old, have been found at the Khao Pru Tee Mae cliff in Mount Chong Lom, Ao Luek, Krabi.

New Mexico Moves Closer to Electing the First Native American Congresswoman
7th June 2018 time.com | Humans

Deb Haaland’s victory Tuesday in a Democratic primary for an open congressional seat had Native Americans celebrating the possibility of a landmark in U.S. political history.

DNA study reveals fate of Irish women taken by Vikings as slaves to Iceland
7th June 2018 | irishtimes.com | Ancient, Humans

Researchers have found that contemporary Icelanders draw about 70 per cent of their genes from Norse ancestry.

Sour tastes make people push the boundaries
7th June 2018 cosmosmagazine.com | Humans

Experiencing a sour taste in the mouth is strongly linked to risk-taking behaviour, a new study shows.

Essential oils to fight bacterial infections
7th June 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Humans, Tech

Scientists have discovered a technique to apply natural plant extracts such as Tea Tree Oil as a coating for medical devices, a process which could prevent millions of infections every year.

A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong, And It Could Change History as We Know It
6th June 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

This may not seem like a huge deal, but in situations where a decade or two of discrepancy counts, radiocarbon dating could be misrepresenting important details.

Dozens of Mysterious ‘Reserve Heads’ Were Sealed in Ancient Egyptian Tombs
6th June 2018 | atlasobscura.com | Ancient, Humans

Sculpted during the Old Kingdom (2613-2181 B.C.), the heads are often made of limestone, with the bottom of the neck working as a sort of base to allow the object to stand.

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