Music Had Charms to Soothe Prehistoric Man

Music Had Charms to Soothe Prehistoric ManFlute find suggests early ancestors more culturally sophisticated than thought

The discovery of a cache of prehistoric flutes suggests that music soothed the savage beast in early man as far back as 35,000 years ago.
German paleontologists found the flutes, made of ivory and bones from birds, in a cave in southwestern Germany. They date back to the Middle Paleolithic era and indicate that "early modern man" had more in common with today's humans than scientists realized.

'Magic mint' hallucinogen under fire in U.S.

Saturnino Allende crouches beside a mountain path and gently puts his fingers around the stem of a plant with rough, tongue-shaped leaves.
"This is it," he says about the powerful hallucinogen Salvia divinorum, known as "magic mint." In just a few years, it has emerged from Mexico's Indian villages into one of the hottest drugs in the USA and a crucial cash crop for poor farmers here.>>>

AP IMPACT: $2.5B spent, no alternative med cures

AP IMPACT: $2.5B spent, no alternative med curesTen years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do.>>>

Peru region to develop mystic tourism

Peru region to develop mystic tourismPeruvian region of Ucayali will boost mystic tourism in order to attract more domestic and foreign visitors, especially tourists from Europe.
Regional tourism authorities are currently launching a project to start next July.
Local tourism official Freddy Rios Flores said they are waiting for the first financial support (29,000 soles) from the regional government.

Rice and everything nice

Rice and everything niceEvery aspect of the Rice Goddess ceremony, Mnhum Yang Potai, is highly symbolic.
“Red symbolizes sweat, blood, and the energy needed to grow rice,” says Ya Hang, a 53-year old leader of the ethnic Chu Ru community in a remote Lam Dong Province village.
Hang and several other men from Proh Commune, Don Duong District, squat in the hot Central Highlands’ sun, carving two long bamboo poles.>>>