Ancient Bible Fragments Offer a Rare Glimpse Into a Forgotten History


Geniza palimpsest with Hebrew (shown upside down) written over the top of a 6th-century copy of Akylas’ Greek translation (c. 125 CE) of the Books of Kings (shown the right way up).

New research has uncovered a forgotten chapter in the history of the Bible, offering a rare glimpse of Byzantine Jewish life and culture.


How Ancient Greek Statues Really Look Under Ultraviolet Light


Ancient Greek statues were once brightly painted.

Original Greek statues were brightly painted, but after thousands of years, those paints have worn away. Find out how shining a light on the statues can be all that’s required to see them as they were thousands of years ago.


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Mars Express To Make Daring Flyby

Mars Express To Make Daring Flyby 

The European spacecraft Mars Express is to make a daring flyby of the Martian moon Phobos in the hope of gaining insights into its enigmatic surface, temperature and geological past, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday.

On 23 July, the unmanned craft will swoop to within just 97 kilometres of Phobos, using a battery of instruments, including a high-resolution stereo camera, infra-red scanner and atmospheric spectrometer.

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