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Oxford Researchers Have Found Plant DNA in an Ancient Clay Brick
Ancient plant DNA has been successfully extracted from a 2,900-year-old clay brick from the ancient city of Kalhu in Iraq. Researchers at the University of Oxford used a non-destructive method to collect samples from the brick's inner core, revealing a "time capsule" of plant life from the past. The findings offer a unique glimpse into the vegetation that existed in that region over two millennia ago, and the method could potentially be applied to other archaeological sources, shedding light on the past flora and fauna around the world.
This Lonely Baby Fox Found the Perfect Surrogate Family After Being Separated From His
A litter of gray fox kits, separated from their den and mother after being picked up and sold on Craigslist, found a second chance at Howling Mountain Wildlife Rescue in Vermont. After being raised by Medora Plimpton, the kits were soft-released back into the wild, with one kit, named Short Nose, sticking around the rescue facility. There, he formed an unlikely but heartwarming friendship with a pair of raccoons, demonstrating the capacity of animals to connect and form bonds across species.
An Totem Pole Taken in 1929 is Finally Going Back to its Indigenous Tribe
A totem pole belonging to the Nisga'a Nation, which had been on display in a Scottish museum for nearly a century, is being formally rematriated to its rightful place in the Nass Valley. This significant return will be celebrated with a ceremony and feast for up to 1,000 people. The pole, taken without consent in 1929, is an essential part of the Nisga'a Nation's cultural heritage, and its return represents a powerful reunification and a testament to the importance of cultural preservation.
Scientists in California Have Created a Fire-Safe Liquid Fuel That Doesn't React to Flame
Chemical engineers in California have developed a revolutionary liquid fuel that only ignites when an electric current is applied. Unlike conventional fuels, this "safe" liquid doesn't react to flames, making it impervious to accidental fires during storage or transport. The breakthrough could lead to safer and more controlled fuel usage, with potential applications in various vehicles and engines, marking a significant step toward enhancing safety in the energy industry.
A Family Was Just Reunited With Their Missing Cat After 3 Years
A Kansas family has experienced a heartwarming reunion with their lost cat, Sarin, three years after she went missing. The cat was found in Durango, Colorado, but thanks to her microchip, the shelter was able to locate her owners, who had initially believed they had lost her forever. American Airlines even volunteered to transport Sarin back to her family for free, and the emotional reunion brought tears of joy to everyone involved.
Chester Zoo Has Welcomes Its Own "Paddington Bear" to Save the Species From Extinction
Chester Zoo has welcomed a male Andean bear named Oberon, who has been described as their own "Paddington Bear," as part of a breeding program to save the rare species from extinction. Oberon is hoped to mate with Pacha, a female at the zoo, to boost the population of these South American bears, which are vulnerable to extinction. This effort not only contributes to the conservation of a unique and endangered species but also brings a touch of the beloved Paddington Bear's world to life.
This "Einstein Ring" Snapped by NASA is the Farthest Gravitationally Lensed Object Ever Seen
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured a remarkable image of the farthest-ever Einstein ring, located a staggering 21 billion light-years away. This perfectly circular Einstein ring surrounds a mysteriously dense galaxy, forming a complete circle due to a perfect alignment of the foreground object, distant object, and observer. Named JWST-ER1, this discovery sheds light on the density of the lensing galaxy and the potential presence of dark matter, offering new insights into the mysteries of the cosmos.
This Friendly Cow Interrupted a Live Newscast to Ask for Some Cuddles
While reporting live from an Iowa farm, reporter Mills Hayes got an unexpected and heartwarming surprise. As she delivered her message about corn and soy production, a friendly cow approached her and nudged her for some attention. Mills happily obliged, giving the cow a few strokes on the back, leaving viewers and online commenters charmed by this delightful and spontaneous interaction, showcasing the beauty of moments that can happen when humans and animals cross paths in a friendly and unexpected manner.
2-Time WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart Talks About What Inspires and Motivates Her
Breanna Stewart, the two-time WNBA MVP and New York Liberty star, finds inspiration in her remarkable journey from setting league records to winning the league MVP. Stewart draws motivation from figures like 19-year-old tennis star Coco Gauff, who faced detractors but turned their doubts into fuel for her fire, ultimately winning the U.S. Open. In this exciting time for women's sports, Stewart aims to inspire others with her dedication to greatness and her unwavering commitment to shining brightly as a positive force in the field of athletics.
The Oldest Known Shoes in Europe Were Just Discovered in a Cave in Spain
Researchers have identified Europe's oldest known shoes, a pair of sandals woven from grass, believed to be around 6,000 years old. These ancient footwear items were found in a bat cave in Spain and have been remarkably preserved due to the cave's low humidity and cool winds. This discovery sheds light on the advanced skills of prehistoric communities and pushes back the age of these artifacts by about 2,000 years, making them even older than previously known ancient shoes found in Armenia in 2008.
A Young Baseball Fan Got the Best Surprise Ever When He Ended up With a Signed Helmet
During a recent Phillies game, player Bryce Harper had a confrontation with an umpire which resulted in his ejection from the game. In a surprising turn of events, Harper tossed his helmet into the stands, where it was grabbed by several adults. However, cooler heads prevailed, and at the urging of the boy's father, the helmet ended up with a 10-year-old Phillies fan named Hayden Dorfman, who was overjoyed by the unexpected souvenir. Harper later signed the helmet for Hayden, turning a potentially contentious moment into a heartwarming interaction.