Monthly Archives: October 2012

The insanity of the Italian legal system

Well, it’s official. The Italian courts have found half a dozen scientists and a government official guilty of manslaughter over the failure to accurately predict the risks of the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake which killed 309 people. This has been rumbling … Continue reading

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Scaling new horizons

It’s fair to say that when most people ask what I do, I simply reply “volcanologist”, “sedimentologist”, or “geologist”, depending on the audience. On the infrequent occasions they ask further what I do, it usually gets summed up as “I see how … Continue reading

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The end of the hiatus

I know, I know. In my defense, the last months have been insanely busy. There was the usual dip in activity as the summer arrived and I was able to focus on some research problems. Then, as summer got going, … Continue reading

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