1,500-year-old ‘Christ, born of Mary’ inscription discovered in Israel

Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,500-year-old inscribed Christian blessing that begins, “Christ, born of Mary,” the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported Wednesday (Jan. 20).  The stone inscription, written in Greek, was once part of a lintel (the structure that spans the top of door frames) that decorated the entrance of a church, located in what is […]

Examination of Theia 456 finds its nearly 500 stars were born at same time

An artistic rendering of generic stellar streams in the Milky Way. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt, SSC & Caltech The Milky Way houses 8,292 recently discovered stellar streams—all named Theia. But Theia 456 is special. A stellar stream is a rare linear pattern—rather than a cluster—of stars. After combining multiple datasets captured by the Gaia space telescope, […]

How the Earth-shaking theory of plate tectonics was born

Some great ideas shake up the world. For centuries, the outermost layer of Earth was thought to be static, rigid, locked in place. But the theory of plate tectonics has rocked this picture of the planet to its core. Plate tectonics reveals how Earth’s surface is constantly in motion, and how its features — volcanoes, […]

Baby sharks are born scrawny and sick because of climate change

  Baby sharks are being born small, exhausted and undernourished as a result of rising ocean temperatures caused by climate change, according to a new study. Researchers looked at the effects of warming waters on juvenile epaulette sharks (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) — a small, egg-laying species of shark found in the Great Barrier Reef, that spends […]

Rare white tiger born at Nicaragua zoo

Marina Arguello takes care of a newborn female white tiger named Snow at the National Zoo in Masaya, Nicaragua, on January 5, 2021. A rare white tiger, named “Nieve” (snow in Spanish) was born at the Nicaragua zoo, and is being raised by humans after its mother rejected it, the director of the zoo told […]