Experts determine age of book 'nobody can read'
(PhysOrg.com) -- While enthusiasts across the world pored over the Voynich manuscript, one of the most mysterious writings ever found penned by an unknown author in a language no one understands ...
Computer scientist cracks mysterious 'Copiale Cipher'
The manuscript seems straight out of fiction: a strange handwritten message in abstract symbols and Roman letters meticulously covering 105 yellowing pages, hidden in the depths of an academic archive.
Botanists suggest Voynich illustrations similar to plants in Mexico
Ancient Arabic writings help scientists piece together past climate
Ancient manuscripts written by Arabic scholars can provide valuable meteorological information to help modern scientists reconstruct the climate of the past, a new study has revealed. The research, published in Weather, analys ...
2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls go online
Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls went online for the first time on Monday in a project launched by Israel's ...
Egyptian papyrus found in ancient Irish bog
Irish scientists have found fragments of Egyptian papyrus in the leather cover of an ancient book of psalms that was unearthed from a peat bog, Ireland's National Museum said on Monday.
The riddle of the Syriac double dot: The world's earliest question mark
(PhysOrg.com) -- Cambridge University manuscript specialist, Dr. Chip Coakley has identified what may be the worlds earliest example of a question mark. The symbol in question is two dots, one above ...
Israeli library's manuscripts tell unique stories
These are treasures that Israel doesn't allow anyone to check out of its national library.
Japanese IT firm to digitize Vatican manuscripts
A Japanese information technology company has agreed to digitize 3,000 Vatican manuscripts in a deal to make some of the Catholic Church's most historic documents available online.
World Digital Library grows to 10,000 items
The World Digital Library led by the Library of Congress reached a milestone Thursday, surpassing 10,000 items with the addition of ancient manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
10th century Greek manuscript is brought into the digital age
A tenth century Greek manuscript, one of the latest additions to the Digital Library, shows how the transmission and reinterpretation of written knowledge over the centuries still continues in today's digital ...
Old manuscripts get face-lift at Jerusalem mosque
In the 1920s, an urgent call went out to the literati across the Middle East from Arab leaders in Jerusalem: Send us your books so that we may protect them for generations to come. Jerusalem was soon flushed ...
The strangely familiar browsing habits of 14th-century readers
Today we constantly switch from one text to another: news, blogs, email, workplace documents and more. But a new book by an MIT professor reveals that this is not a new practice: In the 14th century, for ...
UK researcher uses new technology to preserve ancient artifact
This July, a University of Kentucky professor is headed back to Lichfield Cathedral in England to continue a labor of love: digitizing the nearly 1,300-year-old St. Chad Gospels.