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October 6 2014

How 'magic mushroom' chemical could free the mind of depression, addictions


Think of psychedelics and you'll likely think of bright colors, hallucinations, spirituality, and an overall "mystical" experience. For centuries these drugs have been used in social, religious and medicinal contexts by cultures across the globe. But today, the ability of these drugs to alter our brain function is being tapped into as a potential therapeutic for a range of mental health conditions from anxiety and depression to addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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October 6 2014

Alcohol makes smiles more 'contagious,' but only for men


Consuming an alcoholic beverage may make men more responsive to the smiles of others in their social group, according to new research in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that, for men, alcohol increases sensitivity to rewarding social behaviors like smiling, and may shed light on risk factors that contribute to problem drinking among men.

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October 6 2014

The Creepy Story of How Budapest Became a "City of Smiles" in the 1930s


A tragic suicide epidemic gripped Budapest, Hungary in the wake of World War I — and some believed it was all caused by a popular song. Even weirder than this idea, though, was how the city tried to combat the suicide problem with a "Smile Club."

On 17th October, 1937, the Sunday Times Perth explained the Budapest suicide problem.

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October 6 2014

Ancient Oregon Caves May Upend Understanding of Humans in Americas


PORTLAND— A network of caves in rural Oregon may be the oldest site of human habitation in the Americas, suggesting an ancient human population reached what is now the United States at the end of the last Ice Age, Oregon officials said on Friday.


Alt: Cave dwellers likely earliest in Americas

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October 6 2014

Carved in stone?


NEWPORT — A Rogers High School graduate and an independent researcher from Connecticut recently examined the stones of the Newport Tower, and the researcher said he believes he may have found etchings that represent the date 1325 and Norse runes.

“The presence of runes at the site may help to bolster theories that state Scottish people of Norman heritage were the original creators of the Newport Tower,”.

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October 5 2014

'Beardless Jesus' found in Spain


Archaeologists in Spain say they have found one of the world's earliest known images of Jesus. It is engraved on a glass plate dating back to the 4th Century AD, reports from Spain say.

The plate is believed to have been used to hold Eucharistic bread as it was consecrated in early Christian rituals. It measures 22cm in diameter and fragments of it were unearthed outside the southern Spanish city of Linares.

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October 5 2014

Ancient male warriors showed signs of vanity


Decoration, hair removal and sexy men were in vogue during one historical period — weapons and prowess in battle dominated in another. Then came a time when men had more choice in the matter.

“There were more ways of being a man than we thought,” says Lisbeth Skogstrand, an archaeologist who has contributed with something as novel as a gender perspective on men’s burial mounds.

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October 5 2014

Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts


The sight of the entire Earth, visible to the naked eye, has had a profound effect on those who have seen it. Astronaut William McCool described it as “beyond imagination”, and many have written how space flight permanently altered how they saw their place in the universe.


Related: Elon Musk believes colonizing Mars will save humanity

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October 5 2014

Will Pluto be reinstated as a planet?


There were once nine planets. Everyone learned them, sometimes aided by a mnemonic: “My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas.”

But back in 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), arbiter of what is and what isn’t a planet, stripped Pluto of its status, saying it was too small to pack sufficient gravitational punch. It was downgraded to a new, second-class status: “dwarf planet.”.

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October 5 2014

On Jupiter, You Can See Neon Rain


There isn't enough neon on the surface of Jupiter. This rather prosaic fact might point to one of the most spectacular sights in the solar system. Inside Jupiter, it might rain neon streaks.

Jupiter is a disappointed sun. It is a massive cloud of gas that gets denser and denser towards the center, but never condenses to the point at which its center elements start fusing together. It's not big enough. It's still fairly big, though, and comprises many different kinds of elements at many different levels. The Galileo probe mission found, recently, that at its surface - or rather at the top of the clouds farthest from the planets center - there is a dearth of neon.

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October 5 2014

Return to the Antikythera Shipwreck: Marine Archaeology Goes High-Tech


Antikythera, Greece — The yellow, torpedo-shaped vehicles glided through the clear Mediterranean water just 10 feet above the 2,000-year-old shipwreck on the bottom. During the weekend of September 20 the autonomous underwater vehicles made 40 long passes over the area that is home to the most famous of all ancient wrecks, the Antikythera “treasure ship,” taking its picture in detail for the first time.


Related: Digital Archaeology changes exploration of the past

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October 5 2014

Franklin search: Canada confirms ship as HMS Erebus


A shipwreck uncovered beneath the icy wastes of northern Canada has been identified as long-lost HMS Erebus.

The Victorian-era vessel became part of nautical folklore after it vanished in the mid-19th Century.

Its captain, Sir John Franklin, had been searching for the fabled Northwest Passage.

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October 5 2014

Pirate Attacks, Corruption & Treasure Revealed in Vatican Archives


A medieval tale of a dead bishop's treasure, a pope and a pirate whose name means "fire blast" or "fire fart" has been revealed in newly published documents from the Vatican archives.

The tale may seem more like Hollywood than reality.

"Hollywood could use this story. But Hollywood does not know anything about it because it is buried in the documents edited here,".

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October 5 2014

Witchcraft, Sorcery and Magic on the Battlefield


In August 1964, a very strange yet fascinating document was secretly prepared for senior personnel in the U.S. Army and the Pentagon. Its title was Witchcraft, Sorcery, Magic, and Other Psychological Phenomena and Their Implications on Military and Paramilitary Operations in the Congo.

It was a document written by James Price and Paul Juredini, both of who worked for the Special Operations Research Office, SORO, which was an agency that undertook top secret contract work for the military.

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October 5 2014

Weight Lifting For Just 20 Minutes A Day Could Boost Your Memory, Benefiting Beginners


It’s well known that exercise boosts memory in older adults, helping them to prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s, if only for a little longer. But new research from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that younger adults who lift weights not only strengthen their muscles but their brains, too. The best part: It only takes a session or two to get the benefits of better memory.

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October 5 2014

Scientists ready to test lab-grown penises on men


Penises grown in laboratories could soon be tested on men by scientists developing technology to help people with congenital abnormalities, or who have undergone surgery for aggressive cancer or suffered traumatic injury.

Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are assessing engineered penises for safety, function and durability.

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October 5 2014

Before Wasps Enslaved Caterpillars, They Enslaved a Virus


Every day we get more proof that wasps are the most terrifying creatures on the planet. Not only do they mind-control caterpillars and inject them with their wasp babies, they also managed to enslave a virus to do their dirty work for them.

Just when you get used to wasps, they spring some new diabolical thing on you. When you get accustomed to the fact that they stuff other creatures full of their eggs so that their larvae eat the other creature from the inside out, it is revealed that they also dabbled in mind control.

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