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During Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria.
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Answer: CERN. Proposed by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee in March 1989, the World Wide Web (WWW) was invented as a means of sharing information among scientists. The first website was hosted on Berners-Lee's NeXT computer at CERN's Geneva headquarters on December 20, 1990,