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Scientists read ancient sealed documents without opening them


Physicists in Switzerland perfecting the technique to help digitise the huge state archive in Venice - much of which is too fragile to touch. The first breakthrough a testament written and sealed in the 14th century.

17th Century science scanned, layer by layer, at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne’s X-ray and tomography platform allowing them to flick through it page by page - comparing the original with the X-ray tomography.

The technique will help to preserve and open up the secrets of 50 miles of shelving in the state archive in Venice.

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