Early last month, four female legislators in Italy proposed a law that would, as reported by Jezebel, "give women who want to stay home [from work] during their periods the opportunity to do so." The proposed law, which is currently in the lower house of the legislature, would give women an optional three days paid leave a month if they have painful, or particularly heavy periods.Read More
UPDATE: In contrast to original reports from Meet the Movie Press, cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema has denied any involvement with Wonder Woman.Read More
I've often wondered if I'd ever want to have my consciousness uploaded into a machine cylon-style when my body inevitably starts deteriorating, but I've never thought about getting another actual human body. For Valery Spiridinov of Russia, that situation is very real, and he recently reached out to an Italian doctor (or "mad scientist," depending on whom you ask), Sergio Canavero, to undergo the world's first human head/body transplant.Read More
That’s No Panda! Italian Circus in Hot Water After Trying to Pass Off Adorable Dogs as the Endangered Species
"Ugh, bamboo again? I distinctly remember ordering a fine leather shoe."
No one will ever suspect.Read More
This is why Mona Lisa was smiling.
According to Eat Pray Love, gaining a layer of pasta blubber is a mandatory part of any American's experience in Italy. Thankfully, Italy is now developing Eataly, a Disneyland inspired, mouth-watering theme park designed specifically to help tourists ciao down.Read More
Well, what the hell do I wash my face with to get rid of that?
Scientists in Italy have discovered a new form of bacteria that they're calling P. Zappae, in honor of the famous rock singer. Even weirder? While it is a type of bacteria known to cause acne in humans, they actually found it in a vineyard. Great, now even our wine has to go through puberty.Read More
I mean, who could've seen this ending poorly?
An Italian man learned the hard way never to bring a gun to a mouse fight. Spooked by the sight of the offending rodent, the 43-year-old from the city of Treviso went immediately to the big guns, grabbing his father's rifle and firing on the mouse. Rather than killing the rodent, though, the inexperienced rifleman instead shot himself in the foot.Read More
The three little pigs better not be planning to build a summer villa in Italy anytime soon, since a recent study of Italian wolves showed that local wild boar accounts for nearly two-thirds of the predator's overall diet, while the remaining one-third is roe deer. Biologists learned about the wolves' discerning tastes after sifting through and analyzing numerous samples of wolf fecal matter from the population in Tuscany over a period of nine years. Based on these findings, in conjunction with the Italian wolf's behavior, there is a chance that the species can be reintroduced into parts of Europe without disturbing the land of local farmers or their livestock.Read More
Italian Scientists Found Guilty of Failing to Predict Earthquake, Given Sentence of Six Years in Prison
In general, scientists tend to gather as much data as they can before making their predictions. Often as not, these include caveats. When predicting natural phenomenon and disasters, this is pretty much how the system operates. No prediction is ever really certain when it comes to nature, as everyone's local weather forecaster showcases on a regular basis. We continue to improve our forecasting and prediction abilities, but nature will be nature, and we do the best we can. Italy apparently doesn't agree with this assertion. Six scientists and a former government official have been sentenced to six years in prison for failing to accurately predict a 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy.Read More
It Belongs in a Museum!
After a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit L'Aquila, Italy in April of 2009, ravaging the city and killing 308 people, local authorities took the questionable step of prosecuting researchers on a scientific committee for failing to predict the earthquake. In March of 2009, after smaller quakes had hit the region, the committee president had concluded that "just because a small series of quakes has been observed" did not mean that a large quake would necessarily occur, and that the near occurrence of one was "improbable, although not impossible." Infamously, the one government official on the committee appeared on television and said that "The scientific community tells me there is no danger, because there is an ongoing discharge of energy. The situation looks favorable," and some residents "quoted those statements as the reason they did not take precautionary measures, such as fleeing their homes." After the earthquake struck, prosecutors took these statements to mean that the committee had been downplaying the risk of a seismic occurrence, and charged the six seismologists and one government official on the committee with manslaughter.Read More
Last year, L'Aquila, Italy was hit with a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed 308 people and devastated the city. (The Big Picture has a gallery from last year which shows just how bad the damage was.) It was a tragic event, and one year later, the town hasn't yet fully recovered. But Italian authorities have taken a baffling approach in the aftermath of the quake: Prosecuting seismologists for not predicting the quake.Read More
Looks like Cosette from Les Miserables may have been right: There really could be a castle on a cloud someday. Well, techinically it's a water tower, but close enough.
Atelier Ramdam Architects have designed this precarious structure for Latina, Italy. And they're gonna make it rain. Literally. As seen below, the structure will bring evaporated water from the foot of the structure up through the central column to the canopy at the top. The supply will be stored here, partially used to water the vegetation that will be grown at the top. But also emanating from the bottom of the canopy are, you guessed it, real clouds, bringing some rain back down to the basin below and making the whole thing look divinely inspired.Read More
To be clear, none of the four Googlers charged had anything to do with this video. They did not appear in it, film it, upload it or review it. None of them know the people involved or were even aware of the video's existence until after it was removed.The search giant said that they intend to repeal the court's decision, not simply for their employees, but for the future of internet freedom. Read More