Rethinking the social structure of ancient Eurasian nomads

Mar 23, 2012 by

Prehistoric Eurasian nomads are commonly perceived as horse riding bandits who utilized their mobility and military skill to antagonize ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Persians, and Greeks.   Dr. Michael Frachetti (Washington University, St. Louis) illustrates a considerably different image of prehistoric pastoralist societies and their impact on world civilizations more than 5000 years [...]

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Ketamine: Club drug ‘could offer almost instant remedy for severe depression’

Jan 31, 2012 by

A prescription drug that is also used as a powerful horse tranquiliser could offer an almost instant remedy for people suffering from depression, say scientists.   Doctors at Ben Taub General hospital in Houston, Texas, are testing the effect of ketamine on patients with a severe form of the condition.   The Class C drug, [...]

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Hemp could be the crop of the future

Jan 10, 2012 by

One day, hemp will be big. Really big. Its fibre makes an excellent replacement for fibreglass in car manufacture, building insulation and bonded reinforced plastics. It can even be used for brake pads.   Its woody core, or shiv, is well established as horse bedding, but it is finding a more lucrative use as the [...]

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The Not So Grand National

Apr 10, 2011

The photograph above shows an aerial view of a part of the Grand National racecourse at Aintree yesterday. Those of you who didn’t watch or were otherwise unaware of this race might be wondering what the red circle contains, so it’s only fair to say that there are polarised views about this. In plain English, [...]

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