In archaeological news, the lost city of Myra (home of St. Nicholas) is no longer lost. (If that link disappears behind a subscription firewall, here's another link with similar info.)
In astronomical news, scientists are now confirming that Earth-size planets are considerably more common than once thought. How common biological life (much less sentient life) actually is on those planets remains to be seen, of course.
Finally, on a Trek-related tangent, here's a link to a very funny new webcomic, LARPTrek.