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  • Interior of Burnt Herculaneum Scroll Read For First Time
    By on January 20, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments


    New submitter Solandri writes: When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, it destroyed a library of classical works in Herculaneum. The papyrus scrolls weren’t incinerated, but were instead carbonized by the hot gases. The resulting black carbon cylinders have mostly withstood attempts to read their contents since their discovery. Earlier attempts to unfurl the scrolls yielded some readable material, but were judged too destructive. Researchers decided (more…)

  • Study uses brain scans to discover how children ‘read’ faces
    By on November 19, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Oxford University scientists are using brain-scanning technology to understand how we learn to recognise and ‘read’ faces as children.

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