Bandicoots return to Sturt National Park after more than a century

Good News Notes: “Locally extinct bandicoots have returned to Sturt National Park after more than 100 years. The nationally threatened species – known by local Aboriginal people as ‘talpero’ – once ranged across inland Australia, including the area now managed as Sturt National Park. The small, native marsupials became extinct in the region after ecosystem changes…

Seljuk sarcophagi unearthed in Turkey’s Bitlis excite researchers

Good News Notes: “Archaeological excavations and restoration work at the Seljuk Meydan (Square) Cemetery, in the Ahlat district of eastern Turkey’s Bitlis, have unearthed two “sanduka,” a type of sarcophagi placed over the original graves of distinguished people in the Turkish-Islamic tradition. The sandukas were discovered as part of the “Eyewitnesses of History Stand Up” project,…

Trellyffaint: Proof unearthed of Neolithic dairy farming in Pembrokeshire

Good News Notes: “Shards of decorated pottery taken from the Trellyffaint Neolithic monument near Newport, Pembrokeshire, were found to contain dairy fat residue. The residue could only originate from milk-based substances such as butter, cheese, or more probably yoghurt. George Nash, of the Welsh Rock Art Organisation, said it was the earliest proof of dairy…

Seleucid, Parthian and Islamic relics unearthed in west-central Iran

Good News Notes: “The sixth archaeological season to discover Laodicea Temple has so far led to the discovery of artifacts from the Seleucid, Parthian, and Islamic (Ilkhanid) periods, while archaeologists continue to their search for the ancient temple,” Mohsen Khanjan, who leads the excavation, said on Wednesday, ILNA reported. One of the walls of Dokhaharan’s…

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…