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It's the First Study to Examine Sicily's Child Mummies

Researchers to examine 41 'tiny dolls' mummified in Sicily's Capuchin Catacombs

(Newser) - The Capuchin Catacombs in Sicily, Italy, are famous for their nearly 1,300 mummified corpses on display to the public. Now researchers plan to conduct the first-ever study devoted to a subset of those mummies—the children. Specifically, researchers from Staffordshire University in the UK will examine 41 mummified children,...

Europe's Tallest Volcano Is Growing—and Fast

Mount Etna at its tallest recorded height following 50 eruptions in 6 months

(Newser) - Europe's tallest and most active volcano has grown 100 feet in just six months, owing to some 50 eruptions, reaching its tallest height in recorded history, according to a new analysis. For the past 40 years, Mount Etna's tallest peak has been its northeastern crater. But the southeastern...

Sicily May Have Just Broken Temp Record for All of Europe

But the 48.8C temp must still be confirmed

(Newser) - Sicily reached a difficult-to-imagine 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.85 Fahrenheit) Wednesday, in what may be a record high temperature for all of Europe. The World Meteorological Organization must still confirm the temperature, which would break the previous record of 48 degrees Celsius set in Athens in 1977, the Guardian...

Volcanic Ash Cleanup Could Bankrupt Towns

Each eruption can cost Sicilian towns more than $1M

(Newser) - For the people of Sicily, the seemingly unending eruptions of Mount Etna are getting old—and expensive. Since February , the eruptions have been covering dozens of towns with volcanic ash that needs to be removed. Cleanup costs can top $1 million each time, the Guardian reports, pushing the towns toward...

On an Island, Elephants Shrink Surprisingly Fast
On an Island, Elephants
Shrink Surprisingly Fast
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On an Island, Elephants Shrink Surprisingly Fast

Study suggests it took only 40 generations for ancient beasts to lose 85% of their size

(Newser) - Somewhere around 400,000 years ago, hulking elephants made their way to what we know now as the Italian island of Sicily. In a relative blink of the eye—roughly 40 generations—they shrank to miniature versions of their former selves, reports the New York Times . That's one estimate...

Move to This Town, Get a Free House

Mayor wants new residents to spark revival in Sicily

(Newser) - "I can't stand to see this gorgeous, old historical center empty and turn into a ruin," Vincenzo Giambrone said. Owners have abandoned the crumbling, ancient houses, said the mayor of Cammarata, a town in Sicily, rather than repair them. "It leaves a deep scar on the...

Tourists Jump in Sea to Escape Volcano

Eruption killed hiker on Stromboli

(Newser) - Minor eruptions of the volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli happen so often it is nicknamed the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean"—but the one Wednesday evening was very different. Tourists on the island north of Sicily fled into the sea after a huge blast created a mushroom...

Huge Volcano May Face 'Catastrophic Failure'

Mount Etna is slowly drifting toward the Mediterranean

(Newser) - Europe's biggest and most active volcano is sliding into the Mediterranean Sea and could suffer catastrophic failure one day—even if that day is far away, the BBC reports. Scientists who studied Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily say it is sliding just over half an inch...

Tourists Gawking at Mount Etna Get Nasty Surprise

10 people are injured from magma

(Newser) - Volcanic rocks and steam injured at least 10 people, including tourists and scientists, following an explosion on Sicily's Mount Etna Thursday, witnesses and media reported, per the AP . Tourists had been drawn to Etna to observe the spectacle of the active volcano erupting, only to be caught by surprise...

Millions Flock to Catch Eruption Live-Stream From Mount Etna

Italian volcano has been pretty quiet for a couple of years

(Newser) - We're still more than four months out from the Fourth of July, but the fireworks started early in Sicily this week. Reuters reports Mount Etna experienced its first eruption of 2017, sending lava skyward above the Italian island on Monday night. By Tuesday morning, brilliant spurts from the volcano,...

Woman Dies After Miscarriage, 'Conscientious Objector' Doctor Blamed

Family says Italian woman requested abortion because her life was in danger

(Newser) - The story of an Italian woman who died after giving premature birth to twins isn't turning out to be a straightforward "complications during childbirth" story, with her family now claiming her doctor refused to perform a life-saving abortion, reports the BBC . On Sept. 29, Valentina Milluzzo was rushed...

Cops Crack Mafia's Bizarre Sheep Farming Code

Communication pointed to messages hidden at Sicily farm

(Newser) - Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro has been on the run since 1993, but Italian police hope a series of raids early today will bring them closer to putting one of the most wanted criminals in Europe behind bars, per Deutsche Welle . Authorities say they arrested 11 alleged associates of...

Fear of Zombies Stretches Back to Ancient Greece

In some cases, stones were placed on dead to keep them from roaming

(Newser) - The walking dead roamed ancient imaginations long before they found their way to your television , and the concept was far less fringe in ancient times. So say researchers inspecting 2,905 burials at the Greek colony of Kamarina in southeastern Sicily. Writing in the journal Popular Archaeology , University of Pittsburgh...

Ancient Shipwreck Yields 'Atlantis' Metal

Orichalcum mystery solved, researchers say

(Newser) - It was considered one of the most precious metals in ancient times—and Plato claimed it lined the temple of Poseidon on the legendary island of Atlantis—but this appears to be the first time anybody in modern times has actually found some orichalcum. Researchers in Sicily say a shipwreck...

Sicilian Mafia Put a Hit on Giuliani

But the Gambino family said no way in the 1980's

(Newser) - The Sicilian mob hated Rudy Giuliani so much when he worked as a federal prosecutor in New York back in the 1980s that it sent a hit man to the US to get rid of him, reports the New York Post . Similar reports have surfaced before , but a mafia turncoat...

200 Rescued When Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Italy

Up to 50 people thought to be dead

(Newser) - About 50 people are dead, including 10 children, after another boat carrying migrants to Italy capsized today in the Channel of Sicily, ANSA reports. (The AP's death toll is at 27.) It could have been far worse: Officials estimate that 200 of the 250 migrants on board have...

At Least 94 Dead, Hundreds Missing in Sicily Shipwreck

Boat was carrying some 500 migrants from Africa

(Newser) - A ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and capsized off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa today, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. At least 94 bodies have been recovered so far, and 159 people rescued, but more than 200 people are unaccounted for. Pietro Bartolo,...

Hundreds Stranded as Italian Airline Shuts Down

Wind Jet stops flights as Alitalia takeover talks fail

(Newser) - Hundreds of travelers have been stranded in Rome after the cash-strapped discount airline Wind Jet stopped all flights over the weekend. Many passengers are camping in the airport until they can find alternative transportation, reports the BBC . The Sicily-based firm is now close to losing its license after takeover talks...

Butter: Not Such a Slick Murder Weapon

Sicilian couple used butter to suffocate victim

(Newser) - A sharp-eyed coroner foiled a Sicilian couple's attempt to get off scot-free with the perfect crime. Prosecutors say the couple suffocated the woman's ex-husband with the butter, which they apparently believed would melt afterward, Corriere della Sera reports. The pair, who claimed the victim had collapsed and died after arriving...

12 Little-Known Wines Worth Trying

You may not have heard of them, but they're 'thrilling'

(Newser) - Ready to move beyond familiar cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays? Eric Asimov of the New York Times suggests a dozen little-known but “thrilling” wines to explore:
  • Assyrtiko: This white wine grape from the volcanic island of Santorini “produces dry, deliciously minerally wines” that pair well with seafood.
  • Frappato: These
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