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How scientists virtually unwrapped an ancient, burned scroll and read the words inside

How scientists virtually unwrapped an ancient, burned scroll and read the words inside

Sometimes science seems like science, and sometimes it seems like magic.

This week, computer scientists at the University of Kentucky-Lexington described how they virtually unfurled a charred and crushed biblical scroll dating back nearly 2,000 years.

Thanks to their work, scholars are now able to read the words embedded in this ancient text for the first time in a millennium. 

This is particularly amazing because to the untrained eye, the still-intact, rolled-up parchment looks like a small piece of burnt charcoal.

It is also so fragile that it disintegrates every time...

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