Ettore Menguzzo

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This 70-year-old book about racist mass movements perfectly describes Trumpism

The 1949 book, Prophets of Deceit, A Study in the Techniques of the American Agitator, by Leo Lowenthal and Norbert Guterman, was written to explain …

U.S. Government

Aristotle said there are three types of friendship, but only one we should strive for

At age 17, Aristotle enrolled in the Platonic Academy. He would stay there for 20 years.<p>Founded by the father of Western philosophy, the Greek philosopher Plato, Aristotle was the most promising student around. He asked many questions and answered even more.<p>The exact time of his departure from the …

Relationships

How 3,000 streetlights turned San Diego into America’s smartest city

Perhaps no American metropolitan area has received more accolades for its smart city initiatives than San Diego. The city of 1.4 million people (more …

San Diego

A cena con Darwin

<i>È nato prima l'uovo o la gallina?</i> Quesito esistenziale e scientifico insieme, cui è difficile rispondere per quanto riguarda i risvolti esistenziali, …

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Mathematics

Il Minitel: Internet in salsa francese

Ho avuto l'idea di scrivere questo articolo, estivo e leggero, senza nemmeno una formula matematica, esasperato da una <i>fake news</i> ripetuta da fine …

Quando i numeri sui rifugiati smentiscono le narrazioni

<i>L’accordo raggiunto al vertice UE prevede la redistribuzione dei richiedenti asilo solo su base volontaria. I numeri aiutano a capire perché l’Italia</i> …

The epic story of the map that gave America its name

A few hundred years ago, when much of the world was mysterious and unknown, two European humanists came together to produce an extraordinary map of the world.<p>St-Dié-des-Vosges is a small, leafy town in the Meurthe valley in north-east France. It lies 68km south-west of Strasbourg in France, 93km …

Maps

Heinrich Himmler: Insight into the orderly world of a mass murderer

There was noticeable tension on that Thursday in June. Rumors went around. It had been speculated that there could be "a profound change in the …

Tel Aviv

Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

The winning images have been selected from this year’s edition of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition, with the grand prize being awarded to Reiko Takahashi for her image of a humpback whale calf swimming near Japan’s Kumejima Island. National Geographic was kind …

Northern Italy

Tenori, baritoni e soprani: quando il “belcanto” mette alla prova corde vocali e psiche degli artisti

«L’opera lirica mi piace molto, ma ne capisco poco».<p>Quante volte abbiamo sentito dire questa frase che denuncia tutta la latitanza della scuola, …

Italy migrants: Who is responsible for helping out at sea?

<b>Italy's decision in June not to accept the rescue vessel Aquarius with more than 600 migrants on board attracted widespread criticism on humanitarian grounds.</b><p>Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Italy had broken international rules, and the plight of the Aquarius led to a diplomatic row …

Contare veramente nella Ue. Senza lasciare le alleanze

Nella Ue l’Italia non fa sentire abbastanza la sua voce. Perché? Eppure il nostro voto pesa istituzionalmente quanto quello di Francia e Inghilterra, …

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Dai gol al Mondiale di Corea e Giappone alla maglia dell'Inter. Hakan Sukur, ex stella del calcio turco, avrebbe potuto immaginare qualsiasi tipo di …

Hitler si è sparato alla testa. Guardate il suo cranio. Il corpo del brutale Adolf è trattato come quello di un santo: perché?

Sul corpo dei cosiddetti ‘santi’ siamo tutti d’accordo. Benedetto dalla fama di propagatore di miracoli, il santo, dopo morto, viene debitamente …

What Homer’s Iliad can tell us about worship and war

For the second in our Stories that shaped the world series, Caroline Alexander explores how Homer’s Iliad helped redefine the way we worship – and what the epic poem of ancient Greece can still tell us about war.<p>Early in the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem about the legendary Trojan War, there occurs a …

Ancient History

“Te la do io la Flat Tax!” [Spiegazione a prova di idiota sulla progressività della Flat Tax]

Qui cerco di spiegare nella maniera <b>più semplice e intuitiva</b> possibile la ragione matematica per cui -grazie a deduzioni o detrazioni- la #<b>FlatTax</b>, …

The Iran mess could get even worse

The White House and Europe are on a collision course in the nuclear deal with Iran. That’s bad enough, but there are signs things might get even worse.<p>The Iran nuclear deal (otherwise known as the JPCOA, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) was meticulously negotiated by the major international …

Beaten, tortured, sexually abused: An American ISIS widow looks for a way home

<b>Northern Syria (CNN) —</b> For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world of muscle cars, cotton candy and an Indiana packing company, into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape, torture and propaganda videos of ISIS's so-called Caliphate.<p>A holiday is …

Cotton Candy

How big could Facebook’s fine theoretically get? Here’s a hint: There are four commas, and counting.

Former Federal Trade Commission officials have been pulling out their calculators in recent weeks trying to figure out just how big a fine the commission could levy against Facebook for its latest privacy mishaps. Then they look at the numbers on their screens — if their calculators can even handle …

The boss has heard them all: The craziest late-to-work excuses

“Better late than never?” I’m not so sure. But, of course, we all have those situations when we just can’t get to work on time, right?<p>In fact, a new survey by human resources services CareerBuilder of more than a thousand human resource managers and another 800 employees at private-sector companies …

How effective are earthquake early warning systems?

<b>Earthquake early warning detection is more effective for minor quakes than major ones.</b><p>This is according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey.<p>Seismologists modelled ground shaking along California's San Andreas Fault, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or more is expected within …

Are Lithuanians obsessed with bees?

Lithuanian, the most conservative of all Indo-European languages, is riddled with references to bees.<p>In mid-January, the snow made the little coastal town of Šventoji in north-west Lithuania feel like a film set. Restaurants, shops and wooden holiday cabins all sat silently with their lights off, …

Lithuania

Dai social alle urne? Il caso Cambridge Analytica - Facebook | ISPI

A seguito delle rivelazioni dell’Observer e del New York Times riguardo alla violazione di <b></b>milioni di profili Facebook per finalità elettorali per la</b> …

Ancient humans had sex and interbred with a mysterious group known as the Denisovans more than once, new research has found

The more we learn about ancient human history, the more we see that <i>Homo sapiens</i> is not a unique species that stands apart from the rest of the evolutionary tree.<p>As our early ancestors spread around the globe and encountered other early hominin species like the Neanderthals, we interbred with them …

University of Washington

La compañía que burló la intimidad de 50 millones de estadounidenses

La trama rusa, el saqueo a Facebook y el apoyo a la ultraderecha: Cambridge Analytica, apadrinada por los seguidores de Trump, ha sido acusada de …

“La politica funziona come la moda”: così Cambridge Analytica usava i dati di Facebook

Damian Collins, presidente della Commissione della Camera dei Comuni britannica per la cultura, i media e lo sport, chiederà a Mark Zuckerberg di …

La “inusual limpieza” que delató el último gran alijo de Sito Miñanco

La Policía localizó el escondite de 3.800 kilos de cocaína tras sospechar de la ausencia de grasa en la cocina del barco que la transportaba<p>El <i>Thoran</i>, …

Cosa succede davvero se si invertono i poli magnetici della Terra

HANDOUT / NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY / AFP<p>Se ne parla come se fosse imminente, come se fosse un’Apocalisse e la fine della civiltà. Eppure l’inversione …

Kazakhstan changes its alphabet - again

<b>Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet for the second time in a year after the previous one proved highly unpopular, it's reported.</b><p>President Nursultan Nazarbayev has issued a decree amending last October's decision to move from the Cyrillic alphabet to a Latin one, after the much-maligned apostrophes …