Paleolithic Cave Painters High on Psychedelics


Prehistoric cave paintings across the continents have similar geometric patterns not because early humans were learning to draw like Paleolithic pre-schoolers, but because they were high on drugs, and their brains—like ours—have a biological predisposition to “see” certain patterns, especially during consciousness altering states.This thesis—that humanity’s earliest artists were not just reeling due to mind-altering activities, but deliberately sought those elevated states and gave greater meaning to those common visions—is the contention of a new paper by an international research team.

Their thesis intriguingly explores the “biologically embodied mind,” which they contend gave rise to similarities in Paleolithic art across the continents dating back 40,000 years, and can also be seen in the body painting patterns dating back even further, according to recent archelogical discoveries.

Gallery: What we think Martians look like


We’ve been conjecturing about life on Mars for centuries. In popular culture, the concept of intelligent life on Mars was championed by astronomer Percival Lowell in the late 1800s and his theories on the Martian canals. Science fiction writers — always game for some reckless conjecture — took up the banner from there. –GALLERY

Spiders use Electrical Attraction to Lure Prey


A recent study published in Scientific Reports, an online science journal, revealed that webs of the common garden spider – made from silk thread – are attracted to electrostatically charged objects. Honeybees and fruit flies, for example, generate an electric charge when they flap their wings.

Positively charged insects and water droplets falling towards a grounded orb web reveal rapid and substantial web attraction. Radial and particularly spiral silk threads are quickly attracted to the electrified bodies. VIA: –PRESURFER