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November 2019

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Image of the month

The Giant Geode of Pulpí - 15/10/2019 - Geological Society of America, The (GSA)

The geode of Pulpí. Photo by Hector Garrido

The geode of Pulpí is an 11-meter hollow ovoid with crystal-paneled walls. It is like those familiar couplets of stone interiors covered with bright crystallites, but so large that several people can fit inside. The crystals, of up to two meters in size, are so transparent that they look like ice crystals. In this paper for Geology, Juan Manuel García-Ruiz and colleagues reveal the geological history that ended with the formation of the Pulpí geode.

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1. Mindfulness Meditation Enhances Positive Effects of Psilocybin, published by University of Zurich on 23/10/19

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the clinical application of classic psychedelics in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Researchers of the University of Zurich have now shown that mindfulness meditation can enhance the positive long-term effects of a single dose of psilocybin, which is found in certain mushrooms.

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