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Researchers digitally restore colourful Buddhist statue

A team of researchers from Japan have digitally restored an 8th-century Buddhist statue back to it's colourful original appearance. As a result of two years of research, the team used computer graphics technology to re-create the colors of the rich-colored patterns of the statue from the Tenpyo Period (729-749), based on

Well-preserved Maya stucco sculpture found in Guatemala

A beautiful stucco sculpture, still with it's colours intact, has been unearthed at the site of a buried pyramid in the Maya city of Holmul in Guatemala. The frieze was on one side of a staircase tomb that was inside a pyramid built by the later rulers of the site. Painted

DNA technique developed to determine ancient hair and eye color

Researchers have discovered a new method of genetic testing which allows them to determine the hair and eye colour of individuals by using their teeth. Currently this technique works for remains up to 800 years old. They had already tried out the technique on the remains of the Polish general Wladyslaw

Restored: The first film shot in colour

Film archivists from the Science Museum in London have revived the earliest known film segments to be shot in colour. The obscure film segments were long considered failed prototypes, blurry flickers of color seen by no more than a handful of people before being consigned to an archive. But the National

Rare colour footage of London Blitz found

Previously unseen colour footage of London during the Blitz has been found in an attic in England. The amateur footage includes images of bombed-out landmarks such as the John Lewis department store on Oxford Street. Sir Winston Churchill also makes a brief appearance in the footage as he reviews

100-year-old colour photographs of Russia

The Big Picture, The Boston Globe's photography blog, has posted a beautiful set of colour photographs showing what life was like in Russia a century ago. [Thx Sebastian] With images from southern and central Russia in the news lately due to extensive wildfires, I thought it would be interesting to

WWII in colour

A new German documentary has coloured black and white footage of WWII to allow viewers to see the war as people back then did. Joey Cordevin, a spokeswoman for the film-makers, said: 'Most images from this war were made in black and white. 'But for this film they were

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