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May 3, 2019

Science for culture: a chat with Maurizio Seracini

With the Year of Leonardo da Vinci upon us, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone with more interest invested in the Renaissance master than Maurizio Seracini, a born-and-bred Florentine and a biomedical engineer who has made a career out of blending science and cultural heritage in the pursuit of conservation. Between teaching at the University […]
February 10, 2011

Corporate conscience

A steel producer runs a transport service for the disabled and maintains green areas for the local community; a company in the food industry provides ice cream to blood donors; a chemical company sponsors youth activities; and a manufacturer of souvenirs runs quilt-making workshops and donates blankets to the
July 1, 2010

Vinum Nostrum: Art, Science and Myths of Wine in Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations

Wine lovers and history buffs alike will not want to miss this massive exhibit focused on wine and all its uses throughout human history, from communion to drunkenness, sacrificial symbol to food pairing. The exhibition uses relics, showpieces, sculptures, frescoes, mosaics, multimedia and video installations to recount the history of
October 8, 2009

Thieves without conscience

An elderly woman was recently robbed in her Florence home after two thieves knocked her out with a drug-laced holy card.   The two female thieves stole 20,000 euro in jewels from the 94-year-old woman after, as she told police, they forced her to kiss the card, a santino depicting the Virgin Mary, which had […]
July 16, 2009

Meeting for science

With Nobel laureate Rita Levi Montalcini on hand via video conferencing, computer algebra genius Stephan Wolfram, mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, astrophysicist Margherita Hack and Edward De Bono, the founder of ‘lateral thinking’ and other internationally acclaimed scientists gathered in Tuscany for the ninth annual San Rossore meeting, held July 9 and 10.   Among other issues, […]
March 26, 2009

Science in society

One in three Italians thinks the Sun, the star at the center of our solar system, is a planet; one in three believes that electrons, which along with protons and neutrons, make up an atom, are larger than atoms. These are the results of a survey, Annuario scienza e societ&
October 30, 2008

Fashionistas with a conscience

Thrift shopping is not just for the penny wise: it is also a good deed, providing funds for charity and keeping usable goods out of garbage dumps. It is a way to update one's wardrobe for a fraction of the price, especially if the clothes on the racks sport
March 20, 2008

Polemic-centric science

Some controversies die young, while others continue to attract the public's attention for centuries. More than 360 years after his death, Renaissance scientist Galileo Galiei has once again sparked heated debate. This time, the disagreement is over a recent proposal to exhume his body. A group of Italian researchers
March 6, 2008

Thieves with a conscience

Italian police have caught two very well-mannered thieves: one who left roses to ‘say sorry’ for holding up cashiers, and another who stole from the rich to give to the poor. The modern day ‘Robin Hood’ and a bouquet-wielding burglar made the headlines as &
May 17, 2007

Leather 101: The art and science of purchasing leather in Florence

Florence is famous for its leather goods, from shoes and accessories to clothing. But with so many stores and so much to choose from, how can a buyer be sure of making a good choice?We went to the Casini leather stores in Piazza Pitti and asked designer Jennifer Tattanelli