Ancient cave artists were getting high on hypoxia

A new study says the reason cave paintings are in such remote caverns was the artists' search for transcendence.

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  • Hundreds of prehistoric paintings have been found in subterranean chambers with barely enough oxygen to breathe.
  • Low oxygen causes hypoxia that can induce exalted mental states.
  • A new study says the artists chose these hard-to-each caverns in search of an oxygen-starved high.
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    Colorful brain mapping tool lights up neural connections

    A powerful new tool lights up the brains of worms, and may soon help draw maps of other animals brains.

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    • A new tool called NeuroPal allows scientists to map the brain in more detail than ever before.
    • By using the same color highlight for similar neurons, it allows researchers to more fully understand what areas of the brain do what.
    • It has already been made available to other researchers who are publishing new brain studies.
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    Aphantasia: the rare brain condition that darkens the mind’s eye

    A new study provides validation for the recently identified phenomenon.

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    • Aphantasia, a recently identified psychological phenomenon, describes when people can't conjure visualizations in their mind's eye.
    • A new study published in Cortex compared the visual memories of aphantasic participants with a group of controls.
    • Its results found experimental validation for the condition.
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    Designer uses AI to bring 54 Roman emperors to life

    It's hard to stop looking back and forth between these faces and the busts they came from.

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    • A quarantine project gone wild produces the possibly realistic faces of ancient Roman rulers.
    • A designer worked with a machine learning app to produce the images.
    • It's impossible to know if they're accurate, but they sure look plausible.
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    Being in a frisky mood may improve your chances in the dating world

    Positive, romantic thoughts could produce positive, romantic outcomes while dating.

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    • Fear of rejection, self-doubt, and anxiety are just some of the obstacles humans need to overcome to make a meaningful, romantic connection with another person.
    • According to a 2020 project by a group of psychologists at the University of Rochester (and the Israeli-based Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya), humans see possible romantic partners as a lot more attractive if they go into the interaction with a "sexy mindset."
    • Across three separate studies, this team discovered that this sexual activation helps people initiate relationships by inducing them to project their desires onto prospective partners.
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