Antioxidants to the Rescue
gsandler writes "Here
is a Wired News story about a technique for
preserving documents. "Thousands of historical documents are rotting to pieces in archives, and until now, historians have been powerless to preserve the priceless parchments.
But now conservationists are buzzing about a new technique developed by Ink Cor , a multinational European research group concerned with neutralizing the wasting effect of corrosive inks without damaging the underlying paper.
The group recently completed a prototype treatment using halide salts, a colorless antioxidant that can prolong the life span of paper containing corrosive ink by a factor of