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July 4 2014

A Gnostic Vision of the Conquest: A Review of Graham Hancock's War God


Before you read this book review, know that I not only intend to offer my opinion on the novel, but also explore the historical events of the Mexican Conquest in some depth. If you are a complete neophyte in the topic & want to enjoy Graham's War God without 'spoilers', then I suggest you close this link & open the Amazon page to order it instead, since my ultra-ultra short review is "I liked it, get the book" anyway --same goes for anyone daunted by the prospect of reading a 3000+-word-long essay, which will only reinforce your decision to buy War God. For the undecided (and the masochists) please enjoy.

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July 4 2014

Magic mushrooms expand your mind and amplify your brain’s dreaming areas – here’s how


In a new study, published in Human Brain Mapping, we scanned the brains of volunteers who had been injected with psilocybin – the chemical found in magic mushrooms which gives a psychedelic experience – and a control group who hadn’t, and discovered two key things: that psilocybin increased the amplitude (or “volume”) of activity in regions of the brain that are reliably activated during dream sleep and form part of the brain’s ancient emotion system; and that psychedelics facilitate a state of “expanded” consciousness – meaning that the breath of associations made by the brain and the ease by which they are visited is enhanced under the drugs.

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July 4 2014

John Bostock: The man who 'discovered' hay fever


One in four people in the UK suffer from hay fever, with GPs reporting a doubling of cases since June last year. So why didn't anyone even know it existed 200 years ago?

The start of summer is the worst time of the year for some people. As temperatures rise sufferers of hay fever sneeze their way through each day, bothered by itchy eyes, blocked sinuses, tickly throats. It affects up to 16 million people in the UK.

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July 4 2014

19th century math tactic gets a makeover—and yields answers up to 200 times faster


A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, numbers-savvy Johns Hopkins engineering student and his professor, it may soon get a new lease on life.

With just a few modern-day tweaks, the researchers say they've made the rarely used Jacobi method work up to 200 times faster. The result, they say, could speed up the performance of computer simulations used in aerospace design, shipbuilding, weather and climate modeling, biomechanics and other engineering tasks.

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July 4 2014

Researchers Use ESP to Make Thousands of Dollars on the Stock Market


If telepathy and precognition are real abilities, why is it that nobody has cashed in on them by using their 'psi' talents to predict or mind-read sporting results, casino games, or changes in stock markets? It's a common criticism leveled by skeptics, but there is actually research out there showing that people *have* done exactly that - and made some serious money!

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July 3 2014

DNA study shows yeti is real (sort of) – and Oxford scientist prepares expedition to find it


An Oxford scientist has discovered the world’s first verified DNA evidence that the “yeti” exists – albeit not quite in the monstrous, manlike form of legend.

Two hair samples taken from remote regions of the Himalayas have been found to show a 100 per cent genetic match to a prehistoric polar-bear-like creature that existed more than 40,000 years ago.

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July 3 2014

With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude


At an altitude of nearly 3 miles, the Tibetan plateau is an extreme place to live. It's cold, it's hard to grow food, and there's about 40 percent less oxygen in the air than there is at sea level.

Somehow, though, native Tibetans are adapted to it. Their bodies — and their blood in particular — work differently than those of people used to lower altitudes. The Tibetans' advantage might be thanks to an ancient inheritance.


Related: Tibetan altitude gene came from extinct human species

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July 3 2014

Prehistoric bones found in Spain are ancestors of Neanderthals


In a cave in northern Spain a team of scientists has retrieved the remains of 28 prehistoric humans, members of an enigmatic species that could be described as a little bit Neanderthal.They had Neanderthal faces, with heavy brows and protruding noses. They had powerful mandibles and mouths that could open extremely wide, indicating they used their teeth as gripping tools. But they didn't have the large skulls or other robust skeletal features seen in the prototypical Neanderthals who, hundreds of millennia later, roamed Ice Age Europe.

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July 3 2014

Dinosaur-Era Fossil Shows Birds' Feathers Evolved Before Flight


A beautifully preserved fossil Archaeopteryx, the flightless bird from the age of the dinosaurs, adds to the evidence that feathers evolved well ahead of the ability to fly.

Long seen as one of the first birds, Archaeopteryx has been joined by a flock of fellow feathered dinosaurs discovered in recent decades.

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July 3 2014

Kangaroos Walk on Their Tails


Kangaroos use their tail as an extra leg when they walk, according to new research.

The study, reported in Royal Society Biology Letters, found that the animals use their tail more than their forelimbs when they walk.

The findings provide new insights into kangaroo locomotion, and could also have applications in advanced robotics.

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July 3 2014

Early Life Pain May Affect the Next Generation


A mom's painful early life experiences might influence her offspring's sensitivity to pain, according to a new study of lambs and ewes.

The research is preliminary, but echoes earlier studies in both humans and animals that find early pain and trauma — or even chronic stress in utero — can reverberate throughout the lifetime.

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July 3 2014

Scorpions Build Mansions with Sun Rooms, Cool Beds


Scorpions are master architects, constructing homes that include both a sunning platform and a cool room that retains humidity, according to new research.

The findings, which will be presented Thursday, July 3, at the Society for Experimental Biology’s annual meeting, prove that homes built by animals other than humans can be incredibly comfy and functional, even when they're located in extreme environments.

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July 3 2014

Bees inspire a better way to land aircrafts


To develop a new aircraft landing system, researchers are studying how bees use “optic flow descent” to guide them down.

The autonomous system uses visual cues from cameras to control landings. Because it is independent of outside technology such as laser-range sensors, radio beacons, or GPS signals, the system could improve passenger safety by deterring blocking or hacking.

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July 3 2014

Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed


With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to a new report. The results show that the Caribbean corals have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s.

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July 3 2014

Psychotropic Drugs Affect Men and Women Differently


Sex differences in the body's response to medication have long been overlooked. In fact, until the 1990s women were banned from participating in clinical trials in the U.S. Yet women are now almost twice as likely to be prescribed psychotropic medication as men, and research suggests that their different hormones, body composition and metabolism may make them more sensitive to certain drugs. Further, women are between 50 and 75 percent more likely to experience side effects.

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July 3 2014

Ouija Board Possession Linked to Brugmansia


Here’s some good news for anyone who was contemplating trashing their Ouija board after the story last week about three young adults in Mexico who claimed they were possessed by demons after using one, including a girl who was videotaped screaming and struggling in the EMS vehicle on the way to the hospital. It turns out the odd behavior was caused not by demons but by Brugmansia, a drug used by shamans.

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July 3 2014

Exorcist Association Gets Green Light From Vatican


VATICAN CITY (AP) - Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal.

The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons.

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported Tuesday that the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy had approved the organization's statutes and recognized the group under canon law.

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