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ATHENS, Greece – Imagine tossing a top-notch laptop into the sea, leaving scientists from a foreign culture to scratch their heads over its corroded remains centuries later. A Roman shipmaster inadvertently did something just like that 2,000 years ago off southern Greece, experts said Thursday.

They claim to have identified a handful of puzzling metal scraps found in a ship wreck as the earliest known mechanical computing device, which pinpointed astronomical events. [More]

A fragment of the 2,100-year-old Antikythera Mechanism, believed to be the earliest surviving mechanical computing device, is seen at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. The bronze system of cogs and wheels was found in a Roman wreck off southern Greece in 1900. It is the focus of a two-day conference starting in Athens late Thursday, with the participation of scientists from Greece, Britain, the U.S. and other countries. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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December 3, 2006 - Posted by | News, Tech

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