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September 2 2014

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry


Osmond was one of a small group of psychiatrists who pioneered the use of LSD as a treatment for alcoholism and various mental disorders in the early 1950s. He coined the term psychedelic, meaning ‘mind manifesting’ and although his research into the therapeutic potential of LSD produced promising initial results, it was halted during the 1960s for social and political reasons.

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September 2 2014

Depression may not be caused by a lack of serotonin: study


A lack in serotonin might not be entirely to blame for depression, new evidence suggests.

It's widely believed that people with depression don't make enough serotonin-a messenger in the brain. But mice lacking serotonin did not exhibit symptoms of depression, reports a study in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience.

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September 2 2014

Action Movies Make You Eat More, New Study Suggests


Are thrillers making us fat?

One thing's for certain -- new research shows that the snack bowl sees a lot more action when TV viewers watch action movies than when they watch other kinds of programming.

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September 2 2014

Training your brain to prefer healthy foods


It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Published online today in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, a brain scan study in adult men and women suggests that it is possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing preference for healthy foods.

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September 2 2014

Lies and distrust a part of life at seven


We are not born with the ability to lie and distrust, but appear to acquire these 'skills' at around seven years of age, researchers have found.

The team of child psychologists and game theorists published their results today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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September 2 2014

Scientists Cannot Explain This Crazy Ant Behavior, but They Love It


Watch as this colony forms a daisy chain to pull a millipede—a behavior researchers have never seen before.

Forget swarms of nanobots taking over the world—if something is going to band together to rise against humans, my money is on ants. Look at this video of them forming a chain to move something way bigger than any individual ant. Humans, faced with the same task, would probably devolve into trying to invent some kind of drone to do this for them.

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September 2 2014

How corals stir up their world


Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.

Using powerful microscopes, researchers filmed tiny hairs on the surface of corals "stirring up" surrounding water.

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September 2 2014

Scientists discover evidence of huge tsunamis hitting Malta - and they could hit again


A huge wave that lifted 70-tonne boulders as if they were grains of sand hit the island of Malta in the recent past and could do so again with devastating consequences, a study has found.

Scientists have found the first evidence of a highly destructive tsunami in this part of the Mediterranean which was probably caused by an earthquake with an epicentre focused near Sicily or Greece.

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September 2 2014

One of world's earliest Christian charms found


A 1,500 year-old papyrus fragment found in The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library has been identified as one the world's earliest surviving Christian charms.

The remarkable document uniquely contains some of the earliest documented references to the Last Supper and 'manna from heaven'. It is the earliest surviving document to use the Christian Eucharist liturgy - which outlines the Last Supper - as a protective charm.

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September 2 2014

Supermarket built over ancient city of Myrleia in Bursa despite court cases


A supermarket has been built on top of the ancient city of Myrleia, dating back to 700 BC, in the western province of Bursa, despite ongoing court cases related to the protection of the area.

Bursa Municipality had granted tourism and trading construction permits for a 60,000-square meter area above the ancient city, after which a branch of the supermarket chain store Kipa was built.

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September 2 2014

Göbeklitepe: The world’s oldest sculpture workshop


The world's oldest discovered temple, Gobeklitepe, is also the oldest known sculpture workshop, according to excavation findings at the site, which have been ongoing for 20 years.

The excavations at Gobeklitepe, which is located in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa and is described as the “zero point in history,” are being carried out by the German Archaeology Institute and the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry.

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September 1 2014

Stonehenge: ghostly outlines of missing stones appear


It is a mystery which has intrigued archaeologists for centuries: did the huge Neolithic stones which make up Stonehenge form a complete circle? Now the puzzle has been answered after the dry summer revealed the faint outline of the missing megaliths.


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September 1 2014

Incredible discovery of pyramid-shaped tomb in Japan adds to mystery in Asuka


Archaeologists in Japan have discovered that a large mound in the village of Asuka in Nara Prefecture contains a pyramid-shaped tomb underneath, according to a news release in the Japan Times. While work at the site is ongoing, the tomb has preliminarily been dated to the latter half of the sixth century. The finding adds to the mystery in Asuka, where multiple carved granite stones in peculiar shapes are dotted across the region, including the most well-known structure - the Rock Ship of Masuda.

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September 1 2014

Did the historical Jesus exist? A growing number of scholars don’t think so


The notion that Jesus never existed is a minority position. Of course it is! says David Fitzgerald, author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All. For centuries all serious scholars of Christianity were Christians themselves, and modern secular scholars lean heavily on the groundwork that they laid in collecting, preserving, and analyzing ancient texts. Even today most secular scholars come out of a religious background, and many operate by default under historical presumptions of their former faith.
See also: The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?, by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

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September 1 2014

Millions of historical images posted to Flickr


An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images.

Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.

The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation.

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September 1 2014

A salty, martian meteorite offers clues to habitability


Life as we know it requires energy of some sort to survive and thrive. For plants, that source of energy is the Sun. But there are some microbes that can survive using energy from chemical reactions. Some of them even eat salts, such as perchlorates.

Perchlorate (ClO4-) is a highly oxidized form of chlorine. Perchlorate salts are found not only on Earth, but also on Mars. They're highly toxic to humans but are useful for components such as rocket fuel.

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September 1 2014

NASA's New Mega-Rocket for Deep Space Will Be Launch Ready by 2018


NASA new mega-rocket, a towering booster designed for deep space missions, will be ready for its first test flight no later than November 2018, space agency officials announced Wednesday (Aug. 27).


Related: New NASA Rocket, the Largest Ever Made, May Carry Humans to Mars

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