Rome's Sapienza University has been ranked the top university in the world for Classical Studies and Ancient History in the 2019 edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The Rome university also came 11th in Archaeology, 34th in Physics, and 43rd in Librarianship in the list compiled each year by the London-based global h...

Researchers used a synthetic DNA structure to mimic an intermediate of homologous recombination, the most reliable cell cycle process to repair DNA correctly. This DNA structure was then used as bait to capture nuclear proteins in the hopes of identifying a new player in the cellular response to DNA damage. These proteins were isolated and subseque...

Italian entrepreneurs who migrated to Stony Brook University's energy incubator to form an innovative-battery startup are planning to take on the Powerwall of Elon Musk's Tesla Inc. Their Stony Brook company, StorEn Technologies, is adapting vanadium-flow batteries -- typically the size of shipping containers and found in utility or industrial sett...

A new Italian bionic hand is more sensitive than limbs made of flesh and blood, it was claimed at a robotics conference in Rome Thursday. The hand made by Biorobotica was first pioneered by researcher Paolo Dario in the 1980s, who created the first connection to a nervous system. The hand enables users to orient in the dark, researchers said, while...

Regarding innovation and "best green practice policies and procedures", one must be aware of the fact that such phenomena are coming to life more than ever in Italy, and at the same time worldwide.  Starting from eco-practices in the sector of mobility, to procedures used by bio-medical companies or in the field of cosmetics, researchers, scientist...

It may not do away with the HIV-virus entirely, but the Italian discovery of the Tat protein “brings us closer to the eradication of the virus and promises to improve the lives of millions of patients,” says Barbara Ensoli, researcher of Higher Institute of Health (ISS) that discovered the protein vaccine more than 20 years ago. The discovery reach...

Another exit for a NYC startup: Authorea, co-founded by the Italian astrophysics Alberto Pepe, has been acquired by Atypon, the leading online scholarly publishing technology company. “I want to bring sexy back to science”, Pepe said when he launch his startup in 2012 with Nathan Jenkins. “Our mission – Pepe now explains – has been the same from da...

“Thinking of technology in a conscious way, as a broad development process that strengthens the ethical aspect, so investing in a sort of ‘slow and ethic technology’, means taking into account and evaluating all the consequences and impact on our society of every single innovation, referring to our values and always focusing on the individual” is t...

Archaeologists in Rome are to embark on a quest for a 2,500-year-old stone sarcophagus linked to the legend of the city’s fabled founder – Romulus. They believe it lies hidden in a chamber deep beneath the Forum, once the heart of ancient Rome and now an area of ruined temples and imperial palaces that attracts millions of tourists a year. The ston...

The world's first operation to repair a prematurely aged heart was carried out successfully at Rome's S. Camillo hospital on 23-year-old Italian Sammy Basso. Basso is one of about 130 people in the world, and only four in Italy, who suffer from progeria, the extremely rare genetic condition that accelerates ageing. The complicated operation, carrie...