Three years ago, an earthquake devastated L'Aquila, Italy and left the town wondering whether city officials had misled them in believing that they were safe from harm. The Guardian examines this issue from the viewpoint of survivors and local politicians, which raises interesting questions about what was known and when.
I am including this provocative article from the U.K.-news outlet because of the larger discussions that can be had of government being involved in science to the detriment of scientific exploration.
Last week those six scientists, plus De Bernardinis, were handed six-year sentences for manslaughter by a judge in L'Aquila, a verdict that drew afurious reaction from the world's scientific community amid claims that scientists cannot be sent to jail for their findings. Enzo Boschi, one of the convicted experts, compared himself to Galileo, who was tried by the Vatican in 1633 for claiming the Earth revolved around the Sun. Another claimed the court had wanted "an eye for an eye".
At the same time, this natural disaster is also about the mismanagement of science.
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