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Discovered: 78,000 years ago, the oldest known burial ritual in Africa

How do archaeologists know if someone was buried intentionally tens of thousands of years ago?

Playlist privacy: You can be identified from just three songs

Companies can identify you from your music preferences, as well as influence and profit from your behavior.

Targeting microbiome can help treat malnourished children

Healthy people need healthy microbiomes from an early age.

Study: Tripping might not be required for psychedelic therapy

Two different studies provide further evidence of the efficacy of psychedelics in treating depression.

Brain-controlled chess is here

The most mental game in existence no longer requires fingers.

Stressed-out mothers are twice as likely to give birth to a girl

New research from the University of Granada found that stress could help determine sex.

Why people become radical extremists and how to help them

New research sheds light on the indoctrination process of radical extremist groups.

For some, the pandemic eased mental health distress

Children with pre-existing mental health issues thrived during the early phase of the pandemic.

There’s nowhere left on Earth free of space pollution

When we look at the night sky, we may see junk instead of stars.

Long-retracted papers are still cited in major journals

The retraction crisis has morphed into a citation crisis.

Mysterious "Plain of Jars" in Laos has been dated

After years of speculation a team of researchers has pinpointed the age of this ancient mystery.

New study finds religion alleviates depression. Is it enough?

Intrinsic religiosity has a protective effect against depression symptoms.

Help your kids, but not too much, says new Stanford study

Flying that helicopter too low is counterproductive.

New research reveals why some octopuses punch fish

"Don't tread on me" is a slogan of the deep sea, too.

Cotton masks outperform synthetic fibers in humidity test

Cotton mask fibers prove 33 percent more effective at blocking viruses in trials.

Butterfly population collapse linked to climate change

If we lose our pollinators, we'll soon lose everything else.

New study suggests placebo might be as powerful as psychedelics

New study suggests the placebo effect can be as powerful as microdosing LSD.

Can cats teach us the meaning of life?

And if they could, would they care, asks philosopher John Gray in his new book.

New research shows that bullies are often friends

Remedies must honor the complex social dynamics of adolescence.

Inception is here: Researchers “talk” to lucid dreamers for the first time

New studies show that some people can hear and respond to questions while dreaming.

Turns out those aren't the apostle St James’s bones after all

Research shows that bone fragments of Jesus's (possible) brother belong to someone else.

10 pieces of wisdom from Roman emperors

Even tyrants and despots offer wisdom worth heeding.

Ornamental dinosaur frills seem to have evolved thanks to sexual selection

While other factors exist, sexual prowess appears to have helped determine the role of Protoceratops frills.

The bacteria in our guts can tell time

For the first time, it was discovered that nonphotosynthetic bacteria have a circadian clock.

A 62-year old Russian mystery (and conspiracy theory) has been solved

Some mysteries take generations to unfold.

How will psychiatrists administer psychedelic treatments?

As a new industry emerges, therapists need to be educated.

Does fact-checking really work? Timing matters.

New research from MIT is unintuitive but could lead to a better system.

8 big thinkers to follow on social media in 2021

Journalists, doctors, and others you should know.

This is your brain on political arguments

Debating is cognitively taxing but also important for the health of a democracy—provided it's face-to-face.

Should law enforcement be using AI and cell phone data to find rioters?

The attack on the Capitol forces us to confront an existential question about privacy.

How high did our ancestors get? We might soon be able to tell.

Traces of heroin and cocaine have been found in the tartar of 19th-century Dutch farmers.

Should scientific studies be available for free?

Plan S is starting to take hold, but the cost is merely shifting even more to the researchers.

Control group outperforms mediums in psychic test

Some volunteers performed above chance. They weren't the psychics.

Did early humans hibernate?

New anthropological research suggests our ancestors enjoyed long slumbers.

5 big predictions for 2021

A deeper appreciation for science and less unnecessary spending could be in our future.

Could robots make better therapy animals?

Allergies might never be a concern again.

How to have a constructive conversation with vaccine skeptics

Jonathan Berman wants us to have better dialogues.

5 of the most amazing cracked codes in modern history

From 260-year-old ciphers to the most recent Zodiac Killer solution, these unbreakable codes just needed time.

Want to stop cognitive decline? Wine and cheese could help.

A new observational study finds that red wine and cheese have protective effects.

Scientists urge UN to add 'neuro-rights' to Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Neuroscientists and ethicists wants to ensure that neurotechnologies remain benevolent.

Giant 'space claw' to begin cleaning cosmic debris in 2025

The rush to clean up outer space has begun.

Does scent motivate your workouts? The answer could be yes

Mice will even run on a wheel in nature. Pheromones help inspire that behavior.

The dangers of vaccine by press release

The recent AstraZeneca offers a cautionary tale.

MIT breakthrough in deep learning could help reduce errors

Researchers make the case for "deep evidential regression."

How psychedelics help you "die before you die"

The heart of the religious ritual is mysticism, argues Brian Muraresku in "The Immortality Key."

New study argues that migrating from cities, not travel bans, slows spread of disease

Of course, it's all about where you move. The authors argue that it needs to be less populous regions.

Is Christianity rooted in psychedelic rituals?

In "The Immortality Key," Brian Muraresku speculates that the Eucharist could have once been more colorful.

'Mindful' people are better goal-setters according to new research

Aligning your goals with deeply held values produces better results—in your career and life.

Warrior women: New evidence of ancient female big-game hunters

Turns out gender assumptions have been going on for quite some time.

Does it matter if there was a historical Jesus?

The message matters more than the man.

Do vitamins help you fight COVID-19?

So far, the research is mixed.

Finally, a podcast that addresses our crisis of meaning

How can we learn from the lessons of the past and build a better future?

Should facial recognition software be banned on college campuses?

A heated debate is occurring at the University of Miami.

6 things science is revealing about your skin and hygiene

Unfortunately, "less is better" is not a catchy marketing slogan.

Plant-grown vaccines: the next step in medicine?

Medicago is growing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate in a relative of the tobacco plant right now.

6 easy ways to transition to a plant-based diet

Your health and the health of the planet are not indistinguishable.

An extra half-hour of sleep shown to improve mindfulness

A new study of nurses shows the importance of sleep—and staying aware on the job.

How confident are you in making decisions?

New research pinpoints the neurons responsible for your choices.

Beyond Meat: Are you ready for lab-grown salmon?

An overfished planet needs a better solution. Fortunately, it's coming.

How does your brain make split second decisions?

Researchers explore the "complex web of connections" in your brain that allows you to make split second decisions.

One important benefit of quarantine: reduced noise

Noise pollution is terrible for our health, yet we don't discuss it often enough.

FDA requires new addiction warning on benzodiazepines

There has been a dramatic increase in abuse and misuse.

How socioeconomic status negatively impacts children's brains

A new study shows how poor children are negatively impacted neurologically.

Typeface matters: Donations go up depending on typeface choice

A study in the hospitality industry shows the importance of design, including during a pandemic.

Handwriting shown to be better for memory than typing, at any age

A new study collected 500 data points per second. Handwriting won out.

Why do some people suffer worse from COVID-19? New studies identify a genetic mutation

94 percent of men in the study have this mutation, which explains why men are more likely to die.

How the media helped fuel the anti-vaxx movement

Andrew Wakefield turned away from science and to the tabloids to spread his fabricated data.

6 books to help you through anxious times

Americans lose an estimated 321 million work days every year due to anxiety and depression.

Only 35 percent of Americans know the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

Yet 80 percent of respondents want to reduce their risk of dementia.

A key COVID-19 immune response in children has been identified

This could change how researchers approach vaccine development.

The spread of ancient infectious diseases offers insight into COVID-19

Archaeology clues us in on the dangers of letting viruses hang around.

Ever wonder how LSD works? An answer has been discovered.

UNC School of Medicine researchers identified the amino acid responsible for the trip.

Measuring brain waves during sleep could lead to better depression treatments

A team at the University of Basel discovered a connection between antidepressants and REM sleep.

Tools for Mars are being developed in preparation for colonization

Turns out chitin is quite useful when you need a wrench.

Is this the end of the myth of American exceptionalism?

In his new book, "American Rule," Jared Yates Sexton hopes to overturn a centuries-long myth.

8 must-read books on the psychedelic experience

Psychedelics are going mainstream. Here's your reading list.

Pattern recognition influences religious belief, according to new study

Christians and Muslims that pick out unconscious patterns are more likely to believe in a god.

New research suggests a possible treatment for dyslexia​

The neurodevelopmental disorder has long baffled researchers.

Depression and suicidal ideation reduced after psychedelic usage

Another study confirms the positive effects of psychedelics on mental health.

New research reveals what it's like to inhabit someone else's body

You actually score worse on memory tests.

Chadwick Boseman's death is tragic. Here's what you need to know about colon cancer.

Despite Boseman's young age, this cancer is increasingly common in people under 50.

Social isolation is hard. New research identifies a potential intervention.

A team at Mount Sinai has discovered the neural mechanism behind social isolation.

6 ways to stay positive during troubling times

Cultivating optimism is a daily practice.

New research finds playfulness is a skill anyone can learn

The improvement in personal well-being might be worth effort.

Why flu vaccines only last a year

A new study at Emory Vaccine Center gets into the bone marrow.

New research identifies brain regions responsible for fatigue

Johns Hopkins researchers hope this could lead to new interventions for combating it.

Are mental health disorders ever purely biological?

Two anthropologists question the chemical imbalance theory of mental health disorders.

4 ways women can become strong, confident leaders—without acting like men

Big Think co-founder and CEO Victoria Brown breaks down the process of transitioning from founder to boss in her new book, Digital Goddess.

Man whose stomach brewed beer is cured—by a poop transplant​

The human body is endlessly fascinating.

The Secret Service is buying social media location data

New documents confirm that the government agency—one of many—has been using a tracking company.

How QAnon is monetizing child trafficking victims

What good is a conspiracy theory you can't profit from?

You want to stop child abuse? Here's how you can actually help.

Sharing QAnon disinformation is harming the children devotees purport to help.

4 breathing techniques to get you through high-stress moments

You're always in control of your breath.

COVID-19 survivors share their harrowing tales

The virus is unlike anything many people have ever experienced.

The dangers of the chemical imbalance theory of depression

A new Harvard study finds that the language you use affects patient outcome.

Oxytocin may play a role in protecting against Alzheimer's

Preliminary studies on mice show positive results.

Churches received up to $10 billion in stimulus funding. They want more.

Apparently the Catholic Church is a small business.

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