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40 found color snaps of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

40 found color snaps of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

The World’s Oldest Library Finds Hidden Treasu…

The library at Saint Catherine’s Monastery is the oldest continually operating library in the world. In the earlier days of books, the parchment they were written on was extremely valuable – sometimes more valuable than the words written on them. So when someone wanted to copy down a new book, rather than purchase or make a new parchment, they scrapped the words off an older book and wrote the new book instead. Such texts are called “palimpsests.” Saint Catherine’s has at least 160 plaimpsests. The manuscripts bear faint scratches and flecks of ink beneath more recent writing, the only hint of the treasures they hid.

In an unlikely collaboration between an Orthodox wing of the Christian faith and cutting-edge science, a small group of international researchers are using specialized imaging techniques that photograph the parchments with different colors of light from multiple angles. This technology allows the researchers to read the original texts for the first time since they were wiped away.

And what they found are truly treasures. They found new poems – or rather, very old poems – and early religious texts and some rare-language texts doubling the known vocabulary of languages that have not been used for more than 1,000 years. Perhaps most valuable, though, are the entirely new words, in long-forgotten languages. It will take religious, medieval, and linguistic scholars years to sift through all the finds!

20 years since the Omagh bombing in Northern I…

20 years since the Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, this photo shows the car containing the bomb moments before it went off – August 1998

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todaysdocument: “Bliss Electrical School, Tak…

todaysdocument:

“Bliss Electrical School, Takoma Park, Washington D.C. – drafted men from Washington, D.C. installing wires for electric lights and motors in the wiring laboratory.” 8/13/1918

Washington Photo Co., photographer. File Unit: Colleges and Universities – Bliss Electrical School, Takoma Park, Washington D.C., 1917 – 1918Series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 – 1918Record Group 165: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 – 1952

Uncover more World War I Centennial Resources at the National Archives

todaysdocument: “Bliss Electrical School, Tak…

todaysdocument:

“Bliss Electrical School, Takoma Park, Washington D.C. – drafted men from Washington, D.C. installing wires for electric lights and motors in the wiring laboratory.” 8/13/1918

Washington Photo Co., photographer. File Unit: Colleges and Universities – Bliss Electrical School, Takoma Park, Washington D.C., 1917 – 1918Series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 – 1918Record Group 165: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 – 1952

Uncover more World War I Centennial Resources at the National Archives

Actresses playing mermaids lounge during the f…

Actresses playing mermaids lounge during the filming of Peter Pan, 1924.

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Humans Are Just Embryos, By Star Standards

According to astronomical standards, a star that was formed 2 million years ago is considered to still be in its youth.

Russian Soldiers outside the Reichstag, Berlin…

Russian Soldiers outside the Reichstag, Berlin. 1945.

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US Capitol Police “Washington’s Fi…

US Capitol Police “Washington’s Finest” 26 April 1922

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Survivor of 1972 Andes plane crash recalled of harrowing…

Survivor of 1972 Andes plane crash recalled of harrowing experience when he has to eat the human flesh to stay alive.