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Dream-shaping tech from MIT channels suggestions into your dreams
25th September 2020 | livescience.com | Humans, Tech

Guided dreaming could be used to boost creativity or to confront sources of stress and trauma.

Newfound brain structure explains why some birds are so smart—and maybe even self-aware
25th September 2020 | sciencemag.org | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Researchers have found a previously unknown arrangement of microcircuits in the avian brain that may be analogous to the mammalian neocortex. And in a separate study, other researchers have linked this same region to conscious thought.

A scientific first: How psychedelics bind to key brain cell receptor
18th September 2020 phys.org | Humans, Misc., Tech

Psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline cause severe and often long-lasting hallucinations, but they show great potential in treating serious psychiatric conditions, such as major depressive disorder.

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?
18th September 2020 | wired.com | Humans, Misc., Tech
There’s a lot of discussion about artificial consciousness and the possibility of machines gaining self-awareness once they become sufficiently complex. But isn’t the most complex system in existence the internet?
Archaeologists Just Sequenced Some of The Oldest Neanderthal DNA Found in Europe
11th September 2020 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

For tens of thousands of years, a Neanderthal molar rested in a shallow grave on the floor of the Stajnia Cave in what is now Poland. For all that time, viable mitochondrial DNA remained locked inside – and now, finally, scientists are discovering its secrets.

The weird space that lies outside our Solar System
11th September 2020 | bbc.com | Humans, Space, Tech

The mysterious dark vacuum of interstellar space is finally being revealed by two intrepid spacecraft that have become the first human-made objects to leave our Solar System.

‘Super bacteria’ survive for three years outside space station
8th September 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Space, Tech

Scientists who attached a strain of bacteria to the outside of the International Space Station have been stunned to find it survived for three years, in open space.

Image from NASA (Wiki Commons)

Uncovering the acoustical properties of Stonehenge
3rd September 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A trio of researchers, two with the University of Salford, the third with English Heritage, has built a small-scale model of Stonehenge to test the acoustical properties of the ancient monument.

Genetics Steps In to Help Tell the Story of Human Origins
3rd September 2020 | the-scientist.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Africa’s sparse fossil record alone cannot reveal our species’ evolutionary history.

Evidence of hibernation-like state in Antarctic animal
27th August 2020 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Researchers discover Fossil evidence of ‘hibernation-like’ state in tusks of 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal.

Half the atoms in the planet could be digital data by 2245
27th August 2020 | livescience.com | Humans, Tech, Weird

Information might seem immaterial. But within a few short centuries, the total amount of digital bits produced annually by humanity could exceed the number of atoms on our planet and, even more unexpectedly, account for half of its mass.

How cold was the ice age? Researchers now know
26th August 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Tech

A University of Arizona-led team has nailed down the temperature of the last ice age—the Last Glacial Maximum of 20,000 years ago—to about 46 degrees Fahrenheit (7.8 C).

Scientists Just Narrowed Down The Age of Earth’s Inner Core
25th August 2020 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Tech

At some point in Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history, its entirely liquid iron core cooled enough to form a solid ball in the centre.

‘Mummified’ plants give glimpse of Earth’s future
21st August 2020 | bbc.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Fossil leaves from the remains of a 23 million-year-old forest suggest some plants may adapt to grow more quickly as CO2 levels rise, a study says.

Osiris-Rex mission on course for asteroid sample collection
21st August 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

Asteroids are ancient celestial objects that date from the formation of the solar system. They can therefore reveal the conditions in which our planet formed.

Interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua could still be alien technology, new study hints
20th August 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Tech

‘Oumuamua — a mysterious, interstellar object that crashed through our solar system two years ago — might in fact be alien technology. That’s because an alternative, non-alien explanation might be fatally flawed, as a new study argues.

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