Scientific American: Geologists Measure Bullet Damage to Ancient Middle Eastern Settlements. “[Lisa] Mol, who specializes in rock art and rock deterioration, is now spearheading an initiative—the first of its kind—to quantify and catalogue the impacts of bullets in rock at a heritage site in the Middle East. The eventual goal is to inform efforts to conserve or repair such sites.”
Phys .org: Harmless science to heal artworks. “A newly developed ‘diagnostic kit’ that allows to address if an artwork is showing symptoms of deterioration and premature ageing, detecting degradation markers, is presented in the papers published by the group led by Principal Investigator Massimo Lazzari at CiQUS (Center for the research on Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain). The most relevant feature of the kit is the noninvasiveness of the sampling, so that there is no harm for the artwork. “
VentureBeat: 3D printers bring 250-year-old dragon sculptures back to life. “3D printing is finding new uses, like replacing the lost 250-year-old dragon sculptures at a historic royal palace in the United Kingdom. 3D-printer maker 3D Systems said it has installed 72 large-scale 3D-printed dragons at the Great Pagoda at Kew as part of the final restoration of a palace that was originally built in 1761 during the reign of King George III.”
Berkeley Library: Project IRENE: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Library unite to save Native American voices. “In the twinkle-lit cafes and sage-incensed dorms around town, vinyl is all the rage among the youths. But in the unassuming Moffitt Library — still shy about its hipster cred — it’s all about wax cylinders. Tucked away on Moffitt’s second floor, in the Digital Imaging Lab, a team of researchers are restoring a trove of wax cylinders: the original vinyl. The objects hiss and pop just like a record, but they also happen to contain the sacred songs and voices of Native Americans, recorded by field anthropologists over four decades, from 1900 to 1940.” Fascinating information about how wax cylinders are being restored or repaired.
XinhuaNet: China Focus: Frame by frame, China’s film restorers revive classics. “Jiao Xiang, 31, a true film aficionado, watches movies frame by frame. Jiao stares at a screen for hours to spot flaws in old films so they can be restored. His waist hurts and head spins after a day’s work. But that is the life of a film restorer at the China Film Archive.”
Wow! From PetaPixel: Using Humidification and Electrostatic Force in Digitizing Old Newspapers. “Often when scoping out digitization projects, devising complementary conservation treatments that assist in digital photo capture are challenging aspects of overall workflow design. And so it has been the case with our recent efforts at UConn Library on a set of 19th century Latin American newspapers from the University’s archives and special collections.”
Now this is what I call a born-digital archive. From Canterbury University: Restoring the world’s first recorded computer music. “University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing.”