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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Text of Jewish exorcism discovered
(PhysOrg.com) -- A rare - and possibly unique - text describing a Jewish exorcism has been discovered by a scholar of medieval Jewish studies.
World's oldest surviving Bible published online
About 800 pages of the world's oldest surviving Bible have been pieced together and published on the Internet for the first time, experts in Britain said Monday.
Feared by the bad, loved by the good? Scientists discover previously unknown document on Robin Hood
(PhysOrg.com) -- A freshly-discovered document highlighting negative attitudes towards Robin Hood has been deciphered by an academic at the University of St Andrews.
A re-review of peer review: Leading journal looks to end the 'review nightmare'
Every scientific researcher has asked themselves the question at some stage in their professional career: Why has the paper I submitted to be peer reviewed disappeared into the ether?
Researcher Uses DNA Testing to Unlock Secrets of Medieval Manuscripts
(PhysOrg.com) -- Thousands of painstakingly handwritten books produced in medieval Europe still exist today, but scholars have long struggled with questions about when and where the majority of these works originated. Now ...
Israeli library's manuscripts tell unique stories
These are treasures that Israel doesn't allow anyone to check out of its national library.
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.