It  was 1917, and Antonio Pasin had what you might call a product line problem. The 19-year-old carpenter had emigrated from Italy three years earlier and set up a small woodworking shop to make phonograph cabinets. But phonograph cabinets were not what Pasin was selling. To help him lug his heavy tools around, the fresh-faced Chicago carpenter had...

Let us start this story of the six decades of the European Investment Bank with a project that began 2 200 years ago and was finally brought to completion only in our own decade. Crossing the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines between the cities of Florence and Bologna has always been a challenge. The mountain ridges shaped the history of Italy—and the desig...

The Twelfth Conference of Italian Researchers in the World will be held on March 25, 2017, in the Auditorium of the Italian Consulate in Houston, Texas.  Organized in partnership between COMITES ~ Houston, which represents the Consular District including Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma, and the Office of the Consul General of Houston, this...

Precision agriculture and wi-fi connections to save olive trees. This, in short, is the mission carried out by Italian food tech startup called Elaisian, founded by three young entrepreneurs in November last year. “Thanks to an agronomic algorithm,” said Damiano Angelici, Elaisian CEO, “we can give olive oil producers advice on what’s best to be do...

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini on Friday announced the creation of an Italian Digital Library aimed at valorising the vast heritage contained in Italy's libraries and archives. "Today I signed a ministerial decree which will now be financed with two million euros for the birth of a Digital Library," he said. "We have 101 archives, 37 libraries...

Congratulations to Brian Frumberg – founder of VentureOut – for his new initiatives: VentureOut Launch, a new long-form incubator program; and the partnership with SparkLabs, the global club for innovators. So the offices of VentureOut have moved to Spark Labs, 25 W 39th St., 14th Floor: “We will be cohosting many of their awesome event series focu...

Enel doesn't do grid edge halfway. The Italian utility-turned-global-renewable-energy-developer rolled out smart meters to 100 percent of its Italian home and business customers in 2001 -- and achieved payback on the investment within four years. Nearly every utility is turning to renewable energy, but Enel's green power division has installed 36 g...

Italian Wine Podcast: Cin Cin with Italian Wine People, the podcasting project which showcases the unique Italian wine-making tradition in conversation with some of its key protagonists, was finally launched this week with the publication of the first of 13 series of interview carried out during OperaWine 2016. Wine writer Monty Waldin interviewed...

Quante divisioni ha l'Italia in Silicon Valley? Due. Sono infatti solo due le grandi aziende italiane nel distretto mondiale dell'innovazione. La fotografia assai impietosa si ricava dal primo rapporto "European corporation innovation outposts in Silicon Valley" presentato oggi a San Francisco da Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV) e Mi...

A team of researchers working for the IFOM foundation in Milan has identified a class of specific molecules that can block the signals leading to cell aging caused by the deterioration of telomeres - repetitive nucleotide sequences at each end of a chromosome that protect it. The study, published Monday in Nature Communications, could lay the found...