Last August 13th was not only the day on which Piero Angela passed away at the age of 93. That date will always be remembered as the end of an era, the one when the Italian television educated the Italians via its edutainment programs.  Piero Angela was not only a science journalist, a talented pianist, and a writer who sold millions of copies of h...

The first person in the world to treat lung cancer with robotic thoracic surgery is Italian. She is Franca Melfi, who heads the Center for Robotic Surgery at Aoup in Pisa. Franca Melfi was born in 1959 in Cosenza, Calabria: from a young age she wanted to become a doctor, but her mother opposed it, convinced it was an unattainable dream. But the you...

l due pezzi, the bikini: a view as common on the world’s beaches as sunscreen and flip flops. More or less revealing, in a variety of styles and colors, it remains the most popular swimsuit style for women. Once upon a time, more or less rigorously worn only by perfectly-shaped, model-like young girls, today it is embraced by all, young and old, sk...

A new treatment option for the approximately 6,000 patients waiting for a kidney transplant is the goal of a memorandum of understanding to launch a pilot program of cross-modality kidney donation between Italy and the US. The agreement was signed by the National Transplant Center and the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation, a nonprofit foundation...

The journey of discovering Italy in the United States has taken us and will continue to take us just about everywhere, but it is clear that the American state where there are the most people, institutions and events representing our country is New York. But New York is not just Manhattan, nor is it just the five boroughs that take the name New York...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who played a critical role in steering humanity through the two pandemics of our time, AIDS and COVID-19, announced Monday he is stepping down from his role in the federal government. As of December, he will leave the position he's held for 38 years as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as...

The Leonardo da Vinci Society and the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) Bay Area Chapter are seeking applications for the Leonardo Award 2022. This award was established in 2019 on the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death to recognize the outstanding contributions of Italian/Italian American early career...

Have you ever wanted all the benefits of going to a bar without having to talk to the actual human being serving your drinks? You're in luck, because Italian scientists at the University of Naples Federico II have developed a machine that can do just that. Using machine-learning algorithms, BRILLO (Bartending Robot for Interactive Long-Lasting Oper...

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) has established the “Science, She Says!" Award to recognize an outstanding junior female scientist of foreign nationality who has remarkably contributed to the advancement of science and technology, while performing her research in one of the following five regions: Afric...

In the bright-blue Mediterranean Sea, sitting just west of the better part of Italy is an island on which falls golden-yellow rays of luminous sunshine.  A young man is not paying the sun much mind, however. He digs. Sweat soaks his hair, sticking it to his body. His shoulders ache and he continues to dig, looking up only when Steven Ellis, the cur...