A Paralyzed Man’s Brain Waves Converted to Speech in a World-First Breakthrough

Good News Notes: “In a world first, US researchers have developed a neuroprosthetic device that successfully translated the brain waves of a paralyzed man into complete sentences, according to a scientific paper published Thursday. “This is an important technological milestone for a person who cannot communicate naturally,” said David Moses, a postdoctoral engineer at the University…

Magnificent Roman-era building unearthed under Israel’s Western Wall

Good News Notes: “Inside the tunnels beneath the Western Wall in Israel, archaeologists have uncovered the final parts of an elaborate building that may have been used as a reception area for members of Jerusalem’s local council and their guests on their journey to Temple Mount.  The building consists of two hallways that were connected by…

Shock find brings extinct mouse back from the dead

Good News Notes:  “An Australian mammal thought to have been wiped out over 150 years ago can now be crossed off our list of extinct animals, following a new study. Researchers compared DNA samples fromeight extinct Australian rodents, as well as 42 of their living relatives, to look at the decline of native species since…

New prehistoric human unknown to science discovered in Israel

Good News Notes: “A new type of early human previously not known to scientists has been discovered in Israel, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University researchers announced Thursday as their extraordinary findings appeared in the prestigious academic journal Science. Researchers believe the new “Homo” species intermarried with  Homo sapiens and was an ancestor of the…

China Launches Astronauts to Space Station

Good News Notes: “There will soon be two places in orbit where astronauts live. On a clear, sunny Thursday morning in the Gobi Desert, China launched three astronauts to rendezvous with the country’s nascent space station. They waved to cameras in their capsule as their trip to space began. Twenty-one minutes into the mission, the…

Amateur archaeologist uncovers earliest known animal carvings in Scotland

Good News Notes: “An amateur archaeologist has uncovered the earliest example of animal carvings in Scotland. The carvings were hiding in plain sight in a Bronze Age burial site.  Two red deer (Cervus elaphus) sporting fully grown antlers — as well as three smaller quadrupeds (four-footed animals), two of which are also likely to be deer —…

Egg of Extinct Dwarf Emu Discovered in Australian Sand Dune

Good News Notes: “A recently discovered extinct dwarf emu egg has offered the global scientific community valuable information into the deceased species. According to a report from Live Science, a researcher with the United Kingdom’s Natural History Museum and an Australian historian found the surprisingly large egg was on King Island, situated between Tasmania and Australia….

Archeologists discover 3000-year-old gold mask

Good News Notes: “One of archeologists’ most impressive findings so far is the remnants of a 3,000-year-old gold mask, with the outline of its ears and mouth intact. In the No. 8 pit, the largest of all the sacrificial areas, archeologists have unearthed more than 1,800 pieces of relic, including sacred trees, gold artifacts, and…