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>> A glimpse of history viewed through an x-ray machine. Physicists in Switzerland perfecting the technique to help digitize 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.>> A young lady from Venice, Catherine Sevanario wrote the testament and then the testament was sealed and remained sealed for all these many centuries.
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But now, for the first time, we have been able to read inside without opening it.>> 17th Century science scanned layer by layer the eco polytechnique Federaldo DeLozans x-ray and tomography platform. Allowing them to flick through it page by page, comparing the original with the x-ray tomography.>>
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So we need a different technique. And we need the non-invasive technique to read this item. We can read them using x-rays. Now, the real challenge is to extract the pages from this tomographic cube and read the single pages. And then we could put the light on our European history,
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>> The technique will help preserve and open up the secrets of 50 miles of shelving in the state archive in Venice. A thousand years of history given a digital future.