The Leaning Tower of Pisa and its 5.5 degree lean have vexed engineers for centuries. Partially constructed on unexpectedly soft soil, the ancient bell tower began to lean before it was even finished, a historical goof that went on to become one of the world's historical oddities — and made the tower a UNESCO World Heritage site. How can something...

One of the world's most famous buildings, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, has survived everything from four powerful earthquakes to two world wars. Now, engineers may have solved the mystery of how the building has managed to survive, undamaged, for centuries. Ironically, the reason the tower is tilted is also why it survived so long: "The very same soi...

One of the things we appreciate most, here at We the Italians, is the commitment many Italian Americans show all over the US to celebrate and remember the history and the presence of their fellow Italians who emigrated to the US. Oftentimes this passion is shown by organizing events and writing books, but many of them wanted and still want to estab...

Fabbricare dispositivi elettronici sempre più piccoli, come i transistor, definendo materiali e strutture atomo per atomo, è possibile grazie a metodi di ingegneria quantistica. Lo dimostra una ricerca pubblicata su “Nature Nanotechnology” e condotta dal dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione dell’Università di Pisa, l’Università di Texas a D...

When Lewis Eisenberg's nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino was confirmed earlier this summer, he said he promised himself to make the U.S. military here a top priority and to visit bases as soon as possible after his arrival in Rome. Eisenberg visited U.S. Army Garrison Italy's Caserma Ederle and Del Din Dec. 5 and Camp Darby near...

Eat spaghetti, cheat death: it might sound too good to be true, but Italian researchers say they’ve cracked a recipe that could help reduce deaths from heart attacks. In a newly published study, medical researchers at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna’s Institute of Life Sciences in Pisa developed a special kind of pasta enriched with barley flour. Th...

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s voice soars to the rafters of the Tuscan theatre, but all eyes are on the orchestral conductor beside him — a robot with an apparent penchant for Verdi. The concert in the heart of Pisa is a world first, with two mechanical “arms” conducting live music at the grand finale of the first International Festival of Robotic...

A Swiss humanoid robot is to conduct a Tuscan orchestra in the works of Verdi alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The robot, called YuMi, will be the closest a humanoid has come to mastering the nuances of a human orchestra director when he performs.  “YuMi has a very high level of fluidity of gesture, incredible softness and expressive nuancin...

Italy is known for its many traditions, which are worth seeing for any tourist visiting our country. Among them, a spectacular one happens in Pisa. To pay a tribute to San Ranieri patron saint, on  June 16th all the buildings along the Arno River are lit up with candles, while other candles are left to float on the river, transforming the landscape...

Ten Italian universities have been recognized among the top 200 'young' universities world wide - with one attaining ninth place overall. According to the rankings from Times Higher Education, which judged universities under 50 years old across 48 countries, the Scuola Sant'Anna in Pisa is the ninth best university in the world. "I'm very happy wit...