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Using X-Rays, Scientists uncover 200-year-old opera ending

Original post made on Jun 14, 2013

One of the biggest mysteries about the opera "Médée" by late 18th-century composer Luigi Cherubini is why its last few pages are blacked out with charcoal. For centuries the opera was performed incomplete, but X-Ray technology developed by scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has allowed them to uncover the hidden score.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 14, 2013, 4:10 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Wonder how many US taxpayer dollars were involved in this research? Isn't it true that these guys won't do any US defense work--but they will spend all this time/money trying to locate the end of a seemingly unfinished opera?


Posted by @Wondering, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 16, 2013 at 2:11 am

Pretty sure Stanford has enough money. What's the point of spending more money on defense work anyhow, when these businessman's wars aren't benefiting you in the first place, while additionally putting the economy in "debt". False flags operations stick to the minds of the naive status quo.

Everyone is always head over heels about money, so much that they don't even want to pursue professions that they enjoy. Wouldn't it be nice if the U.S stopped bullying countries (in actuality around the whole world) in the middle-east so they couldn't justify the high price of oil per barrel?


Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

"Wonder how many US taxpayer dollars were involved in this research?"

Yeah. How many $600* toilet seats could they have bought instead?

*Not adjusted for inflation.


Posted by First Understand, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jun 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Utilizing technology in unique and different ways fosters the growth and evolution of that technology. You need to be able to see past the nose on your face to understand this though.

This is a situation of "We have a killer technology, how can we apply it in every day life?" Who knows where this ends, but its not about reading an old opera, not by a long shot.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm

So many good comments here in response to asking how much of our $$ was involved w/this. This may not have been about reading an old opera, but believe me, there are many, many opera, voice & music enthusiasts thrilled about this. It's a great example - of many - of the new illuminating the old, w/good results that enhance culture.

With regard to the question about $$, why not ask how much $$ this technology will make?


Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I'd be glad to refund the first poster's share of the taxes that paid for this project, if he/she has change for a penny.


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