Monday, August 07, 2006

The Wicked Cool news story of the day

I have an inner-classical scholar and an inner-geek (some might say that that inner-geek is awfully close to the surface...) This story really appeals to both:
Previously hidden writings of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes are being uncovered with powerful X-ray beams nearly 800 years after a Christian monk scrubbed off the text and wrote over it with prayers...The X-rays, generated by a particle accelerator, cause tiny amounts of iron left by the original ink to glow without harming the delicate goatskin parchment.

Wicked cool.

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