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April 5 2015

Scientists: Psychedelic drugs ‘safe as riding a bike or playing soccer’


Psychedelic drugs like MDMA and magic mushrooms are as safe as riding a bike or playing soccer, and bans against them are “inconsistent with human rights”, according to the authors of a letter published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal today.


Related: Mexican drug war increased homicide rates

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April 5 2015

When Rats Are Comfy in Their Cages, They Have Far Less Desire for Addictive Drugs


One of the most polarizing issues in addiction theory has a ‘Chicken vs. Egg’ flavor to it : Does the process of addiction have personal and environmental roots that are operating long before a person begins to use drugs? Or is it better understood as a disorder in which overwhelmingly powerful substances kick start, in a necessary and sufficient way, the inexorable process of addiction?.

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April 5 2015

Ants divide knowledge to protect the ‘network’


To kill spam, email filters might need to act a bit more like ants.

A new model suggests that ant colony defense behavior follows the same distributed network rules as the human immune system.


Related: Ants Hold Their Own Searching in Space

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April 5 2015

Wound-healing laser soon to be a reality: Israeli scientist


Closing wounds and surgical incisions with a laser is a step closer to reality, Israeli scientists say.

The futuristic technique is better than current methods which damage tissue and can cause scarring, researchers from Tel Aviv University believe.

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April 5 2015

Colorado Dog Gets Prosthetics for All 4 Legs


A 2-year-old Rottweiler who lost his paws when he was left out in the freezing cold as a puppy is learning to walk on prosthetics for all four legs.

Brutus received the prosthetics through the donations of hundreds of people. New owner Laura Aquilina of Loveland says the ultimate goal is to give Brutus the gift of being a dog.

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April 5 2015

Why Jane Goodall Believes in Bigfoot


Jane Goodall is so nice and so good, it's intimidating. She seems an almost mythic figure. She made groundbreaking discoveries about the behavior of chimpanzees when she was only in her 20s, and without any formal training or degree, and she continues to be an authority in the world of primatology.


Related: No Need to Replace Himalayan Yeti with Unknown Species of Bear, Says New Study
Related: Huge Human Skeleton Found at Ancient Bulgarian Fortress

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April 4 2015

Can 'ghosts' cause bad air? Poor indoor air quality and 'sightings'


A team of Clarkson University researchers is studying the possible links between reported hauntings and indoor air quality.

Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Shane Rogers said human experiences reported in many hauntings are similar to mental or neurological symptoms reported by some individuals exposed to toxic molds. It is known that some fungi, such as rye ergot fungus, may cause severe psychosis in humans.


Alt: Seen a ghost? Then you may have inhaled toxic mould: Poor air quality in old buildings may lead to haunting hallucinations

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April 4 2015

With geomagnetic compass hooked to the brain, blind rats act like they can see


By attaching a microstimulator and geomagnetic compass to the brains of blind rats, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 2 found that the animals can spontaneously learn to use new information about their location to navigate through a maze nearly as well as normally sighted rats. Researchers say the findings suggest that a similar kind of neuroprosthesis might also help blind people walk freely through the world.

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April 4 2015

Scientists create artificial link between unrelated memories


The ability to learn associations between events is critical for survival, but it has not been clear how different pieces of information stored in memory may be linked together by populations of neurons. In a new study synchronous activation of distinct neuronal ensembles caused mice to artificially associate the memory of a foot shock with the unrelated memory of exploring a safe environment.

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April 4 2015

Hairy Leaf Could Lead to Tech that Pulls Water from Air


Imagine a device that can pull fresh water from the air to help alleviate global water shortages? Researchers are a step closer to making this a reality.

For clues, researchers in Japan are looking to plants growing in arid, mountainous and humid regions that rely on their leaves to pull moisture out of the air. They believe their findings could help develop a water-storage device that mimics these plants and can provide a solution for global water shortages.


Related: Taste testing Thar desert's new solar pumped water

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April 4 2015

Asian solar spending helps drive renewable energy boom


Almost half of global investment in new electricity generation last year was in renewables, thanks to a hike in investment by developing countries, says a UN report.

Global investment in green energy rose 17 per cent, but developing countries saw a surge of 36 per cent. The big spending was on solar power in Asia, as well as on wind turbines in the North Sea.

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April 4 2015

Algae from wastewater solves two problems


In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorous from wastewater.

The findings, which are based on a five-month study at a wastewater treatment facility in Houston, are available online in the journal Algae.

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April 4 2015

Tapping into mine water for geothermal energy


Millions of miles of tunnels criss-cross the ground under old mining communities across the United States. Abandoned, falling apart and choked with water, the tunnels are often viewed as a dangerous legacy. But the water in these mines could actually be a major geothermal resource.

Student researchers at Michigan Technological University have put together the first comprehensive guidebook communities can use to explore the feasibility of using mine water for geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings.

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April 4 2015

Drywall makes good composting material, study shows


It's not out of a zombie film but it's close: used drywall can help bring dead soils back to life, according to a new University of Alberta study.

M. Anne Naeth, a researcher with the Department of Renewable Resources, and her team wondered whether drywall, with its decomposable materials chock-full of nutrients, would be a good compost additive for use on reclaimed land sites.

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April 4 2015

'Beige' fat-burning cells in humans identified


For the first time, a research team has isolated energy-burning 'beige' fat from adult humans, which is known to be able to convert unhealthy white fat into healthy brown fat. The scientists also found new genetic markers of this beige fat.

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April 4 2015

What did they actually eat at the Last Supper?


As Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week in preparation for Easter, new research has taken a second look at what Jesus and his disciples might have eaten at the Last Supper, finding that it might not be exactly what you would expect.

Generoso Urciuoli, an archaeologist at the Petrie center in Italy and author of the Archeoricette blog on ancient food, told Discovery News on Thursday that the menu likely consisted of a bean stew, lamb, olives, bitter herbs, a fish sauce, unleavened bread, dates and aromatized wine.

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April 4 2015

'Jesus is a MYTH': Christ stories appeared decades after his death, and he was probably many people


Jesus Christ was not a real person and is probably the result of a combination of stories about several different individuals, according to a writer and leading atheist activist.

David Fitzgerald, a San Francisco based author, believes he has compiled compelling evidence that proves Jesus did not exist.


Related: GHMB Community Interview with Peter Gandy on the mystery and history of Jesus
Related: GHMB Interview with Tim Freke on a historical Jesus, and the Mystery Experience

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