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Ireland worker finds ancient psalms in bog

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK

Associated Press Writer

July 25, 2006 

Irish archaeologists Tuesday heralded the discovery of an ancient book of psalms by a construction worker who spotted something while driving the shovel of his backhoe into a bog. 

The approximately 20-page book has been dated to the years 800-1000. Trinity College manuscripts expert Bernard Meehan said it was the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in two centuries. 

'Gospel of Judas' Surfaces After 1,700 Years

By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD and LAURIE GOODSTEIN

An early Christian manuscript, including the only known text of what is known as the Gospel of Judas, has surfaced after 1,700 years. The text gives new insights into the relationship of Jesus and the disciple who betrayed him, scholars reported today. In this version, Jesus asked Judas, as a close friend, to sell him out to the authorities, telling Judas he will "exceed" the other disciples by doing so.

Flint heads were Neolithic tooth drill of choice

Thu Apr 6, 2006

LONDON (Reuters) - Long before the invention of electric drills and anesthesia early humans drilled teeth to treat decay, according to research published Wednesday.

But in the absence of modern metal tools the Neolithic drill of choice 9,000 years ago was a flint head, according to Roberto Macchiarelli, of the University of Poitiers in France.

While excavating in Pakistan, Macchiarelli and a team of international scientists found drilled molars from nine adults discovered in a grave that date from 7,500 to 9,000 years ago.

Scientists uncover genetic mystery afflicting Lincoln kin

By MAURA LERNER
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
29-JAN-06

For years, Terry Smith knew that he was distantly related to Abraham Lincoln.

But he didn't know about the illness that ran in his family _ what relatives called "Lincoln's Disease."

Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota have uncovered a genetic secret that has plagued the Lincoln family for at least 11 generations: a mutation that causes a form of ataxia, a crippling neurological disease.

Tomb in Rome hailed as milestone find

Canadian Press

Rome — Archeologists said Friday they have spotted what appears to be the roof of another tomb in a 3,000-year-old necropolis, the latest discovery about a little-known hut-dwelling people who preceded the legendary founders of Rome by some three centuries.