huawei
Backdoors in Huawei Equipment Discovered by Vodafone Italy in 2009

Vodafone Italy discovered backdoors in its Huawei home internet routers and software between 2009 and 2011 according to a new report from Bloomberg News. The backdoors have reportedly been fixed, but the revelations are still bad news for Huawei as the Chinese tech giant tries to secure contracts to build 5G infrastructure around the world. Read More >>

vaccines
Italy Begins to Enforce ‘No Vaccines, No School’ Policy After Deadline Expires

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend preschool in the city of Bologna this week. Read More >>

dark matter
Where Is Dark Matter? Another Experiment Fails to Find a Signal

A dark matter experiment in South Korea may soon confirm or deny an outstanding piece of dark matter evidence. Read More >>

disasters
Catastrophic Escalator Failure in Rome Sends Crowd Speeding to Bottom, With 20 Injuries Reported

At least 20 people, many of them Russian fans on their way to attend a Champions League soccer match between AS Roma and CSKA Moscow, were injured after an escalator in the metro station at Rome’s Piazza Repubblica went haywire, CNN International reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

science
A New Hunt for a ‘Dark Force’ Begins This Month in Italy

This month, Italian physicists will turn on an experiment hunting for a fifth, dark force of nature, the Guardian reports. Read More >>

science
Shuttered Experiment Shares New View of Ghostly Neutrinos’ Shape-Shifting Behaviour

Can we take a minute to appreciate just how weird neutrinos are? The second most abundant known particle in the universe passes right through most regular matter like a ghost—you get hit with around a quadrillion of them from the Sun every second. Not only that, but neutrinos can even change between three different identities. They are spooky as hell. Read More >>

disasters
Ten Survivors Pulled From Italian Hotel Following Devastating Avalanche

Rescuers in Italy’s San Grasso mountain region have pulled ten survivors from the snow and rubble following a horrific avalanche that ploughed through a four-star hotel earlier this week, Telegraph reports. Read More >>

disasters
Dozens Missing After Horrific Avalanche Engulfs Italian Hotel

As many as 30 guests are missing following an overnight avalanche at a hotel in Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain area. Poor weather conditions and the remote location of the hotel are making rescue efforts difficult. Read More >>

science
Striking Maps Show the Devastation of Italy’s Huge Earthquakes

To help understand just how destructive earthquakes can be, researchers could spend years examining the aftermath. But displaced residents need to begin cleanup, and return to their homes, as soon as possible. So researchers at Brigham Young University came up with a way to preserve the destruction caused by an earthquake so it can be studied indefinitely. Read More >>

locations
Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit Norcia in central Italy early this morning, followed by some 40 more aftershocks over the course of three hours. The quakes affected towns throughout the Umbria, Lazio, and Marche regions. Italian wire service ANSA is currently reporting 73 dead. Read More >>

history
Archaeologists Discover Skeletons in Ancient, Ransacked Pompeii Shop

Pompeii is already an archaeological gold mine, but a rare discovery this week in the ancient city has added to that collection. Read More >>

food
Counterfeiters Have Been Painting Expired Olives to Sell Them

A sting operation in Italy has yielded an unlikely cache of loot: over 85,000 tonnes of freshly painted green olives that police seized from food counterfeiters. Read More >>

robots
Robotic Critters Make Excellent Rescue Dogs

DARPA’s BigDog is a four-legged robot that’s too noisy for covert ops on the battlefield. But a different beast-inspired bot from Italy could have use elsewhere: Its legs allow it to trek through tough terrain in disasters, and springs up if it gets knocked over. Read More >>