Category Archives: English

Fake News in Italy: Part II

There are two initiatives in Italy to combat fake news by teaching digital literacy to high school students.  The first project is spearheaded by Laura Boldrini, the president of the Italian lower house of Parliament, to educate a generation of … Continue reading

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Fake News in Italy: Part I

Recent examples from Italy: Pictures on websites that falsely captioned a government minister’s appearance at a funeral of Salvatore ‘Totò’ Riina, the notorious Mafia boss, who died recently. The websites support the Five Star Movement, a web-savvy anti-establishment party. A … Continue reading

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My New (Italian) Coffee Maker

After more than 15 years of faithful service, my coffee machine gave up the ghost.  Made in Switzerland, the Jura Impressa C5, which had been a present from my sister, produced cup after cup of hot coffee, both tall and … Continue reading

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The Pet Detectives

If you have ever lost your best (four-legged) friend, you know how heart-breaking it is.  You call incessantly for your friend, you paper the neighborhood with fliers, you check out local shelters, and you leave favorite treats on the doorstep.  … Continue reading

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The Long Shadow of Salvatore ‘Totò’ Riina

An impressive resume:  His “career” began in the ‘50s with a string of crimes.  After a prison term, he was on the lam for 24 years.  He was responsible for thousands of murders.  Then he was in jail for 24 … Continue reading

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The Emerald of Sicily

Every year at the end of September, in the streets and pizzas of centro storico of Bronte, the Fair of the Pistachio is celebrated.  Bronte is one of the 3 towns on the western slope of Mount Etna in Sicily … Continue reading

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Progress in Alzheimer’s Research

For decades researchers have been working to defeat the devastating disease that robs memories.  Now there is a turning point.  A research team from the Department of Physics at the University of Bari, together with Italy’s Institute for Nuclear Physics, … Continue reading

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