First New Dead Sea Scroll Fragments In 60 Years Discovered In “Cave of Horror”
For the first time in 60 years, confirmed fragments of a new Dead Sea scroll have been found in the “Cave of Horror” in the Judean desert. This is the first time a biblical text has been found in an archaeological dig rather than looted or faked since the 1960s. The 2,000-year-old text is written in ancient Greek. Also discovered were arrowheads, a 6,000-year-old mummified skeleton, and a 10,500-year-old basket, possibly the oldest intact basket in the world.
This "Winged" Shark Was Soaring Through The Ocean 93 Million Years Ago
A bizarre new creature that swam the Creatacaeous seas has been discovered, despite going extinct 93 million years ago. The new species of eagle shark with a finspan wider than the length of its body represents a whole new shark family. Discovered in Mexico, the fossil has a finspan of 1.9 meters, and a wide mouth with lots of tiny teeth, suggesting it was a filter feeder, using its long fins to swoop and scoop as it swam.
First Known Baby Born With COVID-19 Antibodies After Mother Received Vaccine During Pregnancy
A US woman has given birth to what is thought to be the first child born with COVID-19 antibodies after receiving a vaccine while 36 weeks pregnant. Three weeks later she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Analysis of blood from the umbilical cord found SARS-CoV-2 antibodies were present at the time of delivery, suggesting antibodies were passed from mother to child after the mother was vaccinated.
First Images Of The "Cosmic Web" Hint At Billions Of Undiscovered Dwarf Galaxies
On a scale much larger than galaxies, matter in the universe is distributed in filamentary structures we call the "cosmic web". It’s a vast network of clustered galaxies linked together by intergalactic gas. Observing the web itself is not easy as it generates no light. Now, for the first time astronomers have captured an image of several filaments all at once, revealing the unexpected presence of billions of dwarf galaxies in the filaments.
Amazon Rainforest May Now Warm The Planet More Than It Cools It After Decades Of Degradation
The Amazon rainforest is described as a natural bastion against climate change, acting as a carbon sink that absorbs more carbon than it releases. A new first-of-its-kind study, however, has looked at all the greenhouse gases that affect the Amazon, like methane and nitrous oxide, which are released due to human-made deforestation and degradation and it appears that the net warming effects created now outweigh the cooling effects the forest provides.