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+ - Ancient Mystery Device Solved

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Suicidal Gir
Suicidal Gir writes "An ancient machine found off the coast of Greece has finally been figured out.

From the article: "The so-called "Antikythera mechanism" was found in 1902 by sponge divers exploring a shipwreck off the Greek island of the same name, but its exact use had puzzled scientists. The device is thought to have once been housed in a wooden box about the size of a carriage clock and is more complex by far than any other machine known to have existed on the planet for the following 1000 years. Now a team led by Mike Edmunds at Cardiff University in Wales has shown that the Antikythera mechanism was designed to predict solar and lunar eclipses from the relative positions of the Earth, Moon and Sun."

Now if only they could figure out how to set the time on my wrist watch..."

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