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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Interesting Shroud Update

New analysis confirms second face on Shroud of Turin (cap tip: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam):

Last year, two researchers, Giulio Fanti and Roberto Maggiolo of the University of Padua in Italy, reported finding a faint second face on the backside of the cloth. They published their findings in the peer reviewed scientific Journal of Optics (April 14, 2004). Though the facial image was confirmed scientifically, it was not easy to see. However, by filtering... with software... the second face becomes visible.

The second face was an important find because it virtually eliminates artistic methods while giving credence to a hypothesis that a natural amino/carbonyl chemical reaction formed the images.

I enjoy following these investigations, particularly because of the dedication to using solid scientific methods and peer review rather than degenerating to the shrillness of other "debates."

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