Social sciences

The many errors on the L'Aquila earthquake

One of the most overused phrases in this strange country is "you do not comment on judgments, you comply with them". Fabio Picuti, deputy prosecutor of L'Aquila, repeated it yesterday after the verdict was read which, well beyond his own request, sentenced the seven members of the Major Risks Commission (six plus one, to be honest) to six years imprisonment for manslaughter; they were on trial since a year ago for the facts related to the earthquake of 6 April 2009. A prosecutor must reply in this way, we do not.

Fewer and fewer records in the Olympics of the future

Beijing's slopes are still "hot" after the results with which Usain Bolt astonished the whole world in 2008: the world 100 metres record in only 9"69 and the 200 meters record in 19"30. Only a year later, in Berlin, Bolt managed to improve both results by 11 hundredths of a second, stopping the clock at 19"19 in the 200 metres final and at 9"58 in the 100 metres final.

It was precisely the extraordinary results achieved by the Jamaican that spurred many scholars to try figuring out how many possible improvements we will see from now on, including in the next Olympic Games.