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It’s No Ancient Secret, a High-Tech Headband Can Help Train Your Brain to Meditate
27th November 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Brainwaves of highly experienced meditation practitioners are different than those of non-meditators.

Huge crater discovered in Greenland – here’s how the impact may have wiped out the mammoths
26th November 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

If it is really true that the Greenland crater was created 12,000 years ago or more, it could explain a mysterious feature called the Younger Dryas event.

Meet Denny, the ancient mixed-heritage mystery girl
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new project backed by the European Research Council aims to transform our knowledge of the Denisovans and their relations with both Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals.

Denisovans: complex stone tool find in China points to lost human race
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

They weren’t made by Neanderthals. Nor Homo Sapiens. Complex stone tools found in China may have been the handiwork of a mysterious, almost-human tribe.

A Thanksgiving bonfire at dawn: celebrating Native American resistance on Alcatraz
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

While most people are still asleep, thousands gather each year to remember the occupation that helped inspire the modern Native American protest movement.

Ancient Egypt Discovered Variable Stars A Thousand Years Before European Astronomers
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

Ancient Egyptian astronomers may have discovered variable stars, and calculated the period of a well-known one called Algol, thousands of years before Europeans.

Early human ancestors not to blame for extinctions of giant African mammals
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The team’s research, published in Science, shows that early hominin species played little to no role in driving mammal extinctions in ancient African ecosystems.

One of the world’s largest tombs is a keyhole-shaped forest
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Japan’s Daisen Kofun is an ancient burial mound shrouded in mystery, massive in scale, and surprisingly little-known to the rest of the world. Reportedly, no one has crossed the inner-moat and visited the island since 1872.

Aboriginal Australia’s ‘mind-blowing’ struggle for a first treaty
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Australia is the only Commonwealth country never to make a treaty with its indigenous peoples. Why has it proven so difficult? Kathy Marks looks at the vast challenges in Victoria alone – a state that is working towards a national first.

Vanilla’s First-Known Use Came 2,500 Years Earlier and Half a World From Where We Thought
22nd November 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Residue found in a jug in Israel shows vanilla was likely produced and traded from South Asia, millennia before it was cultivated in Mexico.

An exploding meteor may have wiped out ancient Dead Sea communities
22nd November 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

A superheated blast from the skies obliterated cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea around 3,700 years ago, preliminary findings suggest.

Native Americans are recasting views of indigenous life
22nd November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Native American photographers are pushing back against portrayals of their culture by non-natives, capturing scenes that reflect alternative views of indigenous life.

Sensual fresco discovered in ancient Pompeii bedroom
22nd November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have found a fresco in an ancient Pompeii bedroom that depicts a sensual scene of the Roman god Jupiter, disguised as a swan, and a legendary queen of Sparta from Greek mythology.

NASA has chosen where it’s going to look for ancient life on Mars in 2020
22nd November 2018 | | Humans, Space, Tech

NASA has picked Jezero Crater as the landing spot for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, after scrutinizing more than 60 potential locations over the last five years.

New dates for ancient stone tools in China point to local invention of complex technology
21st November 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists thought artifacts had been carried into China from Europe and Africa, but they could have come from much earlier cultural transmission.

Native Americans Reveal Their Secrets To Preventing Forest Fires And More
21st November 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

By gradually clearing away flammable material on the ground, Native Americans’ deliberate fires may have prevented large forest fires like those we see today.

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