How Witches’ Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Market

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Author: Smithsonian

There’s no more iconic image of witchcraft that that conjured by Shakespeare in the opening act of Macbeth. Every Halloween we revisit the fictional trope of witches stirring cauldrons full of colorful ingredients: venomous toads, animal tongues, a dead man’s toes. While the Bard tapped into a real fear of...

Puma Punku – Built With Needle-Fine Precision 17,000 Years Ago?

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Author: Paul Darin

Puma Punku in Bolivia is one of the world’s most mysterious ancient sites. This remains true for both academic archaeologists and historians as well as rogue historians who investigate the hypothesis of advanced prehistoric civilizations or ancient assistance from extraterrestrials. Puma Punku covers a large part of the massive ancient...

The Ebola Story Doesn’t Smell Right

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Author: Paul Craig Roberts

The federal government has announced that thousands of additional US soldiers are being sent to Liberia. General Gary Volesky said the troops would “stamp out” ebola. The official story is that combat troops are being sent to build treatment structures for those infected with ebola. Why combat troops? Why not...

How Tripping On Mushrooms Changes The Brain

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Author: Business Insider

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Tripping on magic mushrooms may actually free the mind, a new study says. The compounds in the (illegal) mushrooms change the way the brain works. New research suggests that psilocybin, the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, sprouts new links across previously disconnected brain regions, temporarily altering the brain's entire...

The Strange History of the Ouija Board

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Author: Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This mysterious talking board was basically what’s sold in board game aisles today: A flat board with the letters of the alphabet arrayed in two semi-circles above the numbers 0 through 9; the words “yes” and “no” in the uppermost corners, “goodbye” at the bottom; accompanied by a “planchette,” a...

Australia Shuts Borders To Ebola-Affected Countries

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Author: SMHcom

Australia has temporarily closed its borders to people from Ebola-affected west African nations as it steps up the nation's defences against the virus. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament on Monday Australia had suspended its immigration program, including its humanitarian intake, from Ebola-affected countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea....

GMO Farming Poisoning The World’s Drinking Water?

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Author: The Mind Unleashed

In a groundbreaking study published in the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry last year, evidence surfaced that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto’s patented herbicide Roundup, is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied.1 The researchers found that 41% of the 140 groundwater samples taken from Catalonia...

Antidepressants No Better Than a Placebo

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Author: Paul Biegler

Seventeenth-century Oxford scholar Robert Burton’s lifework, The Anatomy of Melancholy, weighs in at a door-stopping 1,400 pages. But his cure for the “Black Choler” of depression came down to just six words: “Be not solitary, be not idle.” Writing today, he might add: “And maybe take a placebo.” Placebos are...

More Evidence Of Ancient Aliens On Mars

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Author: NewsCom

AN ‘ancient engraving’ pictured on the surface of Mars has fired-up social media conspiracy theorists, reigniting speculation that Earth is the lost outpost of a space-faring civilisation. The “Mars Petroglyph” joins a string of “anomalous” objects found among the thousands of images being beamed back by NASA’s robotic rovers, Curiosity...

Cocoa Can Help to Slow and Reverse Age-Related Memory Loss

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Author: The Independent

Cocoa can help to slow and even reverse age-related memory loss, according to a study pointing to the previously unknown mental benefits of the chocolate ingredient. Scientists believe that flavanols, the antioxidants inside cocoa beans, can give people in their sixties the memory of a “typical 30 or 40-year-old”. The...

The Mysterious Marree Man of Outback Australia

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Author: April Holloway

Etched into the dry sand of Australia’s barren outback is the world’s largest geoglyph, known as “Marree Man,” an enormous figure of an Aboriginal man hunting birds or wallabies with a throwing stick. Unlike other anthropomorphic geoglyphs found around the world, which were constructed by ancient civilizations, Marree Man was...