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Audio recordings of ancient Babylonian poems

I thought this was particularly cool. Researchers at Cambridge University have unlocked the key to pronouncing ancient Babylonian and have recorded readings of poems that haven't been heard in 2,000 years. To listen to the recordings, click here. Researchers studied letter combinations and spelling patterns as well as transcriptions

Fossil virus found in songbird chromosomes

Fragments of a 19 million-year-old virus have been found in the chromosomes of songbirds. DNA analysis indicates these viral remnants are ancient hepadnaviruses, a family of DNA viruses that includes the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which infects roughly one-third of the world's human population, causing a variety of acute and

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