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October 31, 2014
Psychedelic mushrooms enable a hyperconnected brain
London (UPI) Oct 30, 2014
Many laypeople as well as scientists know the chemical that puts the "magic" in magic mushrooms is psilocybin. But how exactly does psilocybin affect the brain? What is the mechanism by which psilocybin delivers magic mushrooms' hallucinogenic and mind-bending properties? Thanks to the work of researchers at King's College London, scientists now have better answers to these questions. Psilocybin, a new study suggests, works at least some of its magic by disrupting the brain's normal communicati ... read more

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Death and social media: what happens next
A lot of people wonder what will happen to their social media accounts and files after they die, and more companies and communities are getting involved in the process. ... more
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Reducing population is no environmental quick fix
New multi-scenario modelling of world human population has concluded that even stringent fertility restrictions or a catastrophic mass mortality would not bring about large enough change this centur ... more
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Genomic data support early contact between Easter Island and Americas
People may have been making their way from Easter Island to the Americas well before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in 1722, according to new genomic evidence showing tha ... more
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Highest altitude ice age human occupation documented in Peruvian Andes
In the southern Peruvian Andes, an archaeological team led by researchers at the University of Maine has documented the highest altitude ice age human occupation anywhere in the world - nearly 4,500 ... more
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Some scientists share better than others
Some scientists share better than others. While astronomers and geneticists embrace the concept, the culture of ecology still has a ways to go. Research by Michigan State University, published ... more
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Europeans lactose intolerant for 5,000 years after agriculture began
By analysing DNA extracted from the petrous bones of skulls of ancient Europeans, scientists have identified that these peoples remained intolerant to lactose (natural sugar in the milk of mammals) ... more
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Ice Age people in Peru's Andes lived at extreme highs
Ice Age people were able to survive at high elevations in the Peruvian Andes 12,400 years ago, almost a millennium earlier than previously thought, researchers said Thursday. ... more
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Scientists reconstruct genome from 45,000-year-old skeleton
Scientists have reconstructed the oldest known human genome after finding the bones of a 45,000-year-old man in Siberia. ... more
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Identifying hidden minds in impaired consciousness
This study uncovers hidden signatures of brain networks that could support consciousness in patients who are unresponsive and seemingly vegetative, but who demonstrate signs of covert awareness. ... more
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Cadavers beat computers for learning anatomy
Despite the growing popularity of using computer simulation to help teach college anatomy, students learn much better through the traditional use of human cadavers, according to new research that ha ... more
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Those who rest their brain and reflect learn better
All work and no play makes the brain a dull toy. At least that's what new science out of the University of Texas suggests. Learning happens best, researchers say, when the brain is allowed to rest and given time for reflection. ... more
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Autism autism evolved recently in human history
Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient ho ... more
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Graphene sensors provide insights into brain structure and function
Understanding the anatomical structure and function of the brain is a longstanding goal in neuroscience and a top priority of President Obama's brain initiative. Electrical monitoring and stimulatio ... more
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Treasure trove of ancient genomes helps recalibrate the human evolutionary clock
Just like adjusting a watch, the key to accurately telling evolutionary time is based upon periodically calibrating against a gold standard. Scientists have long used DNA data to develop molec ... more
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New Antikythera Discoveries Prove Luxury Cargo Survives
A Greek and international team of divers and archaeologists has retrieved stunning new finds from an ancient Greek ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago off the remote island of Antikythera. The ... more
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Buried complex of ancient cult uncovered in Israel
Archaeologists at the ancient site of Tel Burna, in Israel, have uncovered a massive complex they say likely served as the meeting place for a cult that worshipped one the culture's unique gods. The complex dates to roughly 3,000 years ago. ... more
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Facebook, Apple to cover women's egg-freezing: report
Facebook and Apple are covering the costs for female employees to freeze their eggs to delay childbearing which could hamper their careers, NBC News reported Tuesday. ... more
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World's oldest rock art found in Indonesian cave
Archaeologists recently matched a date to the perfect hand stencil discovered on the wall of a cave in Indonesia roughly half a century ago. The painting is at least 40,000 years old, researchers claim in a study published this week in the journal Nature. ... more
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How to be Emirati in a sea of foreign influence
Think of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf and what springs to mind? Billowing white robes against desert dunes, camel racing and falconry or futuristic buildings needling skywards? ... more
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Scientists are closer to understanding human height
Scientists believe they now have a better understanding of what determines height in humans. An international group of researchers came together and studied a group of over 250,000 people from different regions of the world. They located over 400 genome regions that appear to be related to determining height, and they found almost 700 genetic variants. ... more
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Protected caves in Oregon change ideas of early Americans
A string of caves in rural Oregon are now federally protected after being added to the National Register of Historic Places. ... more
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Curiosity helps the brain acquire new information
Being curious about something actually changes the way the brain behaves, preparing it to learn something new. In fact, a piqued interest doesn't just ready the brain for the immediately relevant learning material, but also enable our brains to better absorb incidental information too. ... more
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DNA analysis suggests humanity has more mothers than fathers
Throughout human history monogamy has been a sexual philosophy largely eschewed by men, yet demanded of women. This was especially so for men of early human societies, who preferred the company of numerous wives. ... more
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Skin pigment renders sun's UV radiation harmless using projectiles
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and other institutions have worked out how the pigment of the skin manages to protect the body from the sun's dangerous UV rays. The skin pigment converts th ... more
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