Hidden 15th-century text on medieval manuscripts

Rochester Institute of Technology students discovered lost text on 15th-century manuscript leaves using an imaging system they developed as freshmen. By using ultraviolet-fluorescence imaging, the students revealed that a manuscript leaf held in RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection was actually a palimpsest, a manuscript on parchment with multiple layers of writing. At the time the…Continue Reading

Hidden world of bacteria and fungi discovered on Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings

Home News This is Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Uomo della Bitta,” one of six drawings by the master recently revealed to host complex microbiomes. (Image: © Pinar et al.) Leonardo da Vinci is famous for his elaborate, nuanced artworks and advanced technological ideas. But new research has revealed another level of complexity to his drawings: a…Continue Reading

Hidden DNA fragment the ‘trigger switch’ for male development

Biology textbooks may need to be re-written, with scientists finding a new piece of DNA essential to forming male sex organs in mice. An international research collaboration with The University of Queensland found the Y-chromosome gene that makes mice male is made up of two different DNA parts, not one, as scientists had previously assumed.…Continue Reading

Biology textbooks may need to be re-written, with scientists finding a new piece of DNA essential to forming male sex organs in mice. An international research collaboration with The University of Queensland found the Y-chromosome gene that makes mice male is made up of two different DNA parts, not one, as scientists had previously assumed.…Continue Reading

Spyware hidden in Chinese tax software was probably planted by a nation-state, say experts

WASHINGTON — Earlier this year, a multinational technology vendor doing business in China was instructed by its Chinese bank to install software to pay local taxes.The tax software was legitimate, but embedded inside it was a nasty surprise, according to a new report by a private security firm: A sophisticated piece of malware that gave…Continue Reading