Early copy of the Gospel of Mark is a skilled forgery

January 27, 2010

A clever bit of detective work by US scholars and scientists has proven that one of the jewels of the University of Chicago’s manuscript collection is, in fact, a skilled late 19th- or early 20th-century forgery.  Read the rest of this entry »

Digital Scans of the Enochian Manuscripts

January 22, 2010

Digital scans of the original Enochian manuscripts in John Dee’s hand, put online by the Magickal Review. Read the rest of this entry »

Half a million tickets reserved to see Turin Shroud in 2010

January 22, 2010

When the Holy Shroud is put on display this Spring visitors are expected to pour into the city of Turin, Italy to catch a glimpse.  This exposition, which comes ten years after it was last shown publicly, has already led hundreds of thousands of people to reserve tickets. Read the rest of this entry »


Golden ratio discovered in a quantum world

January 22, 2010

Researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), in cooperation with colleagues from Oxford and Bristol Universities, as well as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK, have for the first time observed a nanoscale symmetry hidden in solid state matter. They have measured the signatures of a symmetry showing the same attributes as the golden ratio famous from art and architecture. The research team is publishing these findings in Science on the 8. January. Read the rest of this entry »

Ancient Egyptian cosmetics: ‘Magical’ makeup may have been medicine for eye disease

January 22, 2010

There’s more to the eye makeup that gave Queen Nefertiti and other ancient Egyptians royals those stupendous gazes and legendary beauty than meets the eye. Scientists in France are reporting that the alluring eye makeup also may have been used to help prevent or treat eye disease by doubling as an infection-fighter. Read the rest of this entry »