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'Super-scope' to see hidden texts

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Sep 13, 2007.

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    The hidden content in ancient works could be illuminated by a light source 10 billion times brighter than the Sun.
    The technique employs Britain's new facility, the Diamond synchrotron, and could be used on works such as the Dead Sea Scrolls or musical scores by Bach.

    Intense light beams will enable scientists to uncover the text in scrolls and books without having to open - and potentially damage - them.

    The research was presented at the British Association science festival.

    Iron gall ink, which is made from oak apples, has been in use from the 12th Century, but causes parchment to deteriorate rendering precious documents unreadable.

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