One of world's earliest Christian charms found
(Phys.org) —A 1,500 year-old papyrus fragment found in The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library has been identified as one the world's earliest surviving Christian charms.
Scroll that mentions Jesus's wife is ancient, scientists confirm
A ancient piece of papyrus that contains a mention of Jesus' wife is not a forgery, according to a scientific analysis of the controversial text, US researchers said Thursday.
Guarding grapes and other tales from papyri
If you weren't careful, you might end up beaten by grape thieves skulking in the darkness.
Papyrus charcoal offers new fuel source
Turning local sources of underused biomass like maize cobs or papyrus stems into charcoal briquettes could provide better fuel for people across East Africa, scientists suggest. This new, sustainable energy ...
Papyrus plant detox for slaughterhouses
Humans have used the papyrus sedge for millennia. The Ancient Egyptians wrote on it, it can be made into highly buoyant boats, it is grown for ornamentation and parts can even be eaten. Now, writing in the International Jo ...
Show on Jesus' wife papyrus delayed amid doubts
The Smithsonian Channel says the premiere of its documentary on a papyrus fragment that purports to show Jesus referring to his wife is being delayed until further tests can be done.
Novel plastic-and-papyrus restoration project
Plans are being implemented to create plastic floating islands containing papyrus plants to help protect the ecosystems of a renowned lake in the Rift Valley, Kenya.
Suggestion of a married Jesus—Ancient papyrus shows some early Christians believed he wed
Four words on a previously unknown papyrus fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, Harvard Professor Karen King told the 10th International Congress ...
Scholar: Jesus talks of wife in ancient script
(AP)—A Harvard University professor has unveiled a fourth century fragment of papyrus that she says is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife.
Castor oil: Action mechanism of one of the oldest drugs known to man elucidated
Castor oil is known primarily as an effective laxative; however, it was also used in ancient times with pregnant women to induce labour. Only now have scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung ...
Astronomers discovered ancient Egyptian observations of a variable star
The study of the "Demon star", Algol, made by a research group of the University of Helsinki, Finland, has received both scientific and public attention. The period of the brightness variation of this eclipsing binary star ...
Papyrus research provides insight into job training, prayer and more in the ancient world
Education, jobs, religion and even the cultural effects of bilingualism were as topical in the ancient world as they are today.
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.
High-tech imaging reveals hidden past in ancient texts
(PhysOrg.com) -- It might simply look like a smudge, but even the slightest stain on the ancient writing surface of papyrus could obscure a revelation of a past civilization. Now, with the advent of high-tech imaging, some ...