X-Ray Technology Helps Recover 19th-Century Images

recover                   ;回復する、取り戻す

unrecognizable    ;認めない

restore                   ;補充する、現状回復する

contribute    △;貢献する

breathe new life into ;命を与える

;単語のみで理解できた  △;英文の単語説明を見た/訳が微妙  ×;わからなかった)

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X-Ray Technology Helps Recover 19th-Century Images

The worlds very first photographs were taken in the 1830s.

Scientists now say they have found a way to recover lost images made from the very first photographic process. The new technique uses X-ray technology to help save images badly damaged by the effects of age.

The first widely used photographic process was created by Frances Louis Daguerre in 1839. The technology required people to sit completely still for at least one minute while their photograph was taken.

But over time, photos taken using this process suffered damage and some are unrecognizable.

Researchers from Canadas University of Western Ontario say they have found a high-tech way to bring these photographs back to life.

They said the X-ray imaging process takes about eight hours. When complete, full images can be recovered, even if they could not be seen at all before.

By restoring lost images, scientists are contributing to the historical record, the university said in a statement. What was thought to be lost, showing the life and times of people from the 19th century, can now be found.

The researchers say this new way to recover lost images will help museums breathe new life into some of their oldest images.

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the first challenge

X線技術が19世紀の画像の回復を助ける~

世界で最も早く写真が撮影されたのは1830年代のことだ。

科学者は現在、かなり初期の写真撮影段階から作られ失われた画像を回復する手段を発見したと公表している。

新しい技術は、年代を重ねた事によりひどい損傷を負っている画像を救うためにX線技術を使用する。

初期は、1839年にFrances Louis Daguerreによってつくられた写真処理技法が広く使われていた。

この技術は写真が撮られるまで少なくとも1分間、人々に完全に座ったままでいる事を求めていた。

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