📺 EDUCE: Imaging the Herculaneum Scrolls | YouTube

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The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius covered the city of Herculaneum in twenty meters of lava, simultaneously destroying the Herculaneum scrolls through carbonization and preserving the scrolls by protecting them from the elements. Unwrapping the scrolls would damage them, but researchers are anxious to read the texts. Researchers from the University of Kentucky collaborated with the Institut de France and SkyScan to digitally unwrap and preserve the scrolls. To learn more about the EDUCE project, go to http://cs.uky.edu/dri.

They haven’t finished the last mile, but having high resolution scans of the objects is great. I’m not sure why they’re handling these items manually when they could very likely be secured in better external casings and still imaged the same way.

👓 MIT Students Solve the Spaghetti Breaking Mystery That Stumped Richard Feynman | Open Culture

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Even thirty years after his death, Richard Feynman remains one of the most beloved minds in physics in part because of how much attention he paid to things other than physics: drawing and painting, cracking safes, playing the bongos, breaking spaghetti.

👓 Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing) | New York Times

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The Danish toymaker has relied on oil-based plastics for over 50 years. It wants to give them up by 2030. Finding alternatives is a vast project.

👓 Scientists have accidentally created a completely new form of carbon | The Independent

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'We now have the recipe for how to make these structures'