Hallucinogenic mushrooms may help treat cancer and depression

Plus, Lord of the Rings.
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Cosmic Trivia:

How many rocks did NASA bring back from the moon?

Hint: More than you would think, given the small size of the capsules.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Lava spews as Iceland volcano erupts near Grindavik [Video] | Weather Channel

“A large volcanic eruption is underway in southwestern Iceland, with semi-molten rock shooting high into the air in an area where scientists feared for weeks that such an event would take place. It's happening about 2 miles north of the town of Grindavik, which had been evacuated in November amid fears that an eruption nearby was likely. Earthquakes left some homes damaged in the town, which also prompted evacuations.”

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Gallery of fluid motion: Science at its most visually stunning | New Atlas

“In fluid dynamics, hard science often comes with dazzling aesthetic beauty – a fact the American Physical Society highlights annually with a photo/video contest. Here are this year's winners – equal parts fascinating, hypnotic and visually stunning.”

Depression and cancer: How psilocybin from mushrooms can help | Medical News Today

“Mushrooms may be more magical than previously believed. A new study published in the journal Cancer reports that psilocybin from mushrooms may help people being treated for cancer and/or depression. Results from a phase two clinical trial found that psilocybin – a hallucinogenic chemical found in certain types of mushrooms of the genus Psilocybe – helped trial participants. The study authors said the participants experienced fewer symptoms of depression and ‘spoke highly of the therapy when interviewed at the end of the trial.’”

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How Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King married Hollywood’s past and future | Gizmodo

“Hollywood, like any industry, is reactive instead of proactive. It’s an industry that leaps to capitalize on something that has worked, and tries to milk it for everything until the well starts to run dry and other market forces take its place to run the cycle again. While the early 2000s did feature other cultural touchstones like The Matrix trilogy, the Harry Potter films, and the Star Wars prequels, it was Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings that had the sort of unanimous consensus of culture — from audiences, critics, awards bodies, and industry titans (James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, and George Miller have all heaped praises on it) — to define the first decade of this century for Hollywood.”

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The answer: 2200 samples, totalling 382kg

The answer: 2200 samples, totalling 382kg

According to the NASA website: “Between 1969 and 1972 six Apollo missions brought back 382 kilograms (842 pounds) of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand and dust from the lunar surface. The six space flights returned 2200 separate samples from six different exploration sites on the Moon.”

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