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“Day After Tomorrow” scenario in the US: Does this mean Global Warming is a hoax?

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In the last days of 2017, when much of the Eastern and Midwest US states were in the grip of a cold snap which eventually led to a “winter hurricane” known to meteorologists as a “bomb cyclone”, President Trump didn’t miss an opportunity to mock the science of global warming. Continue reading “Day After Tomorrow” scenario in the US: Does this mean Global Warming is a hoax?

A quaint Italian town and the blast that killed the Dinosaurs

dinosaurLocated along the steep slopes of Mount Ingino in Umbria, Central Italy, the ancient town of Gubbio features a wealth of architectural jewels that testify to its millenary history. The town was founded in the 3rd century b.C. and was annexed by Rome in 85 b.C., as attested by the remanants of a Roman Theater that could host 10,000 visitors. All the churches, fountains and monuments that attract tens of thousands of tourists every year are a living proof of the ability of Italian Medieval and Renaissance architects. Continue reading A quaint Italian town and the blast that killed the Dinosaurs

The world’s fate threatened by Italian supervolcano

The surreal Solfatara Crater, arguably the best known volcanic vent in the Campi Flegrei (Phlegrean Fields), represents the most compelling evidence of the deadly heat that lies underneath the surface. On September 12, 2017, that very heat caused one of the most harrowing tragedies ever brought about by volcanic activity.

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NATO, at the forefront of preventing geological-related disasters

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The gigantic Enguri Dam, and its water reservoir. From “Georgian Journal”, July 27, 2017

An international team of scientists – led by Prof. Alessandro Tibaldi, from Milan Bicocca University – have been working, since November 2015, on a major collaborative research program under the aegis of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Science for Peace and Security program. The involved researchers come from Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. Continue reading NATO, at the forefront of preventing geological-related disasters

The mystery of Earthquake Lights

Earthquake Lights on September 26, 1966 from the Matsushiro Quake, Japan.

During the Magnitude 8 earthquake that hit Mexico on September 8, 2017, most of the inevitable media hype was on the observation of mysterious blue lightning in the sky during the temblor. The lights witnessed by thousands of witnesses are the so-called Earthquake Lights (EQLs). Continue reading The mystery of Earthquake Lights

What are Harvey and Irma telling us?

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Mammoth-sized Hurricane Irma moving toward the Caribbran Islands. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens and Jesse Allen, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership.

Two devastating Hurricanes in a row: first Harvey, then Irma. Texas was the first to suffer. Now it’s Florida’s turn to brace for the impact of Irma, among the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading What are Harvey and Irma telling us?

Ischia: After 134 years, History repeats itself

When a tremor shook the Island of Ischia on August 21, causing two deaths and forcing 1500 people to leave their damaged homes, few seemed to remember that Ischia is a place prone to deadly quakes. The latest disaster on this beautiful Island happened during the same fatal summer of 1883, when Krakatoa wrought havoc in the southern hemispher, chancing Earth’s climate.

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Six Italian stars shed light on early Black Hole evolution

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Scientists have found evidence that supermassive black holes in the early universe grew intermittently in the first billion years after the Big Bang. Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Rome/E.Pezzulli et al. Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Six female Italian scientists have recently accomplished stunning results in the framework of one of the most challenging topics in modern Astrophysics. Five of these outstanding scientists have no fixed, tenure-track contract; three have not yet turned 30.

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