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Computers being used to reconstruct ancient languages

Researchers have developed new computer software that is able to rebuild ancient protolanguages. Currently language reconstructions are carried out by linguists - but the process is slow and labour-intensive. Dan Klein, an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said: "It's very time consuming for humans to look at all the

Explore Egypt’s Giza Plateau in 3D

A 3D virtual rendition of the Giza Plateau has been posted online for you to explore. It's pretty cool! Engineered by software design firm Dassault Systèmes, in collaboration with Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the free application is available on multiple devices, including 3-D-enabled computer monitors

Using computers to translate ancient texts

A computer program has been been developed with can quickly decipher an ancient written language used in Biblical times, opening up the possibility to translate other ancient texts which humans have been unable to translate. Created by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the program automatically translates written

Using video game technology to aid in archaeology

Archaeologists are using technology developed for computer games to generate highly detailed images of archaeological artifacts. Look at an ancient coin under ordinary light and the chances are that its features, worn down by its passage from hand to hand, will be hard to make out. Point a spotlight at

Did William Shakespeare write an anonymously published play?

An expert is claiming to have proven that William Shakespeare wrote an unattributed play about Edward III by using computer software designed to detect plagarism. Sir Brian Vickers, of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, compared phrases used in The Reign of King Edward III, published anonymously

3D Rome built in a day using 150,000 Flickr photos

Hundreds of thousand of photos uploaded to Flickr have been used to create 3D models of the major historical sites in Rome as well as other European cities. The team used a specially-devised algorithm to detect and arrange photos showing various angles of the same building. The same algorithm then analysed

11 firsts in Internet history

11 Points has compiled a list of 11 firsts in Internet history, ranging from the first image to the first spam. First Banner Ad. AT&T is responsible for the first banner ad ever. The people behind "Wired" magazine decided to start the first commercial web magazine, called "Hotwired", in October of 1994. And