- Over four millennia ago, the fortress town of Gonur-Tepe might have been a rare advanced civilisation in remote western Turkmenistan.
- Magic mushrooms’ psychedelic ingredient could help treat people with severe depression.
- How best to define, diagnose and treat ‘mental illness’? Like trying to climb rain.
- Why living in the present is a disorder. Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now is available at Amazon US/Kindle & UK/Kindle.
- This British doctor specialises in resurrection and insists outdated resuscitation techniques are squandering lives that could be saved. Erasing Death: The Science That is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death is available at Amazon US/Kindle & UK (under a slightly different title).
- Scroll down here to several research links which show scientists’ confusion over calcium’s role in heart attacks, strokes and more. Perhaps the explanation is in research ignored for 70 years: Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox (Amazon US & UK).
- Ban the killer robots before it’s too late.
- The cost of reporting Mexico’s drug wars: Author of celebrated Blog del Narco speaks for first time about the dangers – and reveals she is a woman. An excerpt from Dying for the Truth: Undercover Inside the Mexican Drug War by the Fugitive Reporters of Blog del Narco (Amazon US & UK).
- Paranormal bloggers explain their interest: Science as propaganda. Is there a moral to the paranormal? Noticing the cat in the hallway.
- YouTube superstars: the generation taking on TV – and winning.
- NYC pay phones transformed into time machines.
- Last Shadow: Voracious aerial predator is the most brutally effective hunter in the animal kingdom.
Quote of the Day:
We haven’t started the [psilocybin-for-depression] study because finding companies that could manufacture the drug and who are prepared to go through the regulatory hoops to get the licence is proving very difficult. The whole field is so bedevilled by primitive old-fashioned attitudes. Even if you have a good idea, you may never get it into the clinic, it seems.
David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.