Le bugie sullo zucchero

L’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità raccomanda che gli zuccheri aggiunti non superino il 10% delle calorie giornaliere. Forse però non sappiamo che queste raccomandazioni sono arrivate con un po’ di ritardo proprio perché l’industria dello zucchero è riuscita per decenni a creare confusione all’interno della comunità scientifica, spendendo milioni di dollari per finanziare studi che producesseroContinue reading “Le bugie sullo zucchero”

University of Cambridge – Global Food Security Panel

COVID-19 has shown the fragilities of our food systems, challenging business to adapt and showing the importance of local communities. How can we build and maintain a resilient food system?  This webinar, held on 29 June 2020, was hosted by Dr Jag Srai, Co-Chair of the  Cambridge Global Food Security IRC. Speakers included: Dr Nazia Mintz Habib, DirectorContinue reading “University of Cambridge – Global Food Security Panel”

BBC Digital Planet – The Honjok Lifestyle

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csz98k The rise of the Honjok lifestyle in South KoreaHonjok is the term used by those Koreans who decide to live, eat, drink, and undergo most activities on their own, and are happy when they are alone with themselves. This movement started in the first half of the 2010’s and has been growing in parallelContinue reading “BBC Digital Planet – The Honjok Lifestyle”

Patterns in Art is coming out soon!

The long wait is (almost) over, Patterns in Art is coming out soon! In November, Abbeville Press will publish our book in the US. We have spent over a year observing paintings from four centuries of art history, searching for apparently secondary details – such as tiles, fabrics, tablecloths, and other ornaments. We have extractedContinue reading “Patterns in Art is coming out soon!”

Is it necessary for a science communicator to be a philosophical realist?

This essay, written for my Masters in Science Communication at Imperial College, explores to which extent certain philosophical stances affect the work of a science communicator. https://www.academia.edu/30008960/Is_it_necessary_for_a_science_communicator_to_be_a_philosophical_realist

An essay on the short documentary Ten Meter Tower

In this essay, written for the Documentary Theory module of my Masters in Science Communication, I review the short documentary Ten Meter Tower, asking whether it succeeds in its goal of displaying some universal trait of human behaviour. https://www.academia.edu/31665349/An_essay_on_the_short_documentary_Ten_Meter_Tower

Italian “Fertility Day” brings us back to the fifties and dramatically fails in its purpose: a semiotic analysis

On the 22nd September 2016, Beatrice Lorenzin, Italy’s Health Minister, launched the first Italian “Fertility Day” campaign, to fight the fertility decrease in the country. However, the sexist, offensive and old-fashioned ideologies of the campaign resulted in its failure. In this essay written for my Masters in Science Communication at Imperial College London, I examinedContinue reading “Italian “Fertility Day” brings us back to the fifties and dramatically fails in its purpose: a semiotic analysis”

BBC Science in Action – Spurious Correlations

Featured in BBC World Service radio programme ‘Science in Action’ on 17/09/2017 Understanding whether events that appear to be connected are one thing caused by the other, or just simple correlation, or patterns of trends, can be a tricky business. But it’s the key to understanding cause and coincidence. Silvia Lazzaris looks at the weirdContinue reading “BBC Science in Action – Spurious Correlations”

Big Data: la troppa fiducia è un rischio?

Photo credit: Dayne Topkin Inchiesta pubblicata sul Corriere della Sera, inserto Innovazione, il 29/06/2018 Nell’antica Grecia, quando qualcuno doveva prendere una decisione importante, consultava l’oracolo. Poneva una domanda, si inginocchiava, e l’oracolo cadeva in trance. Dopo un paio di giorni forniva la sua risposta. Guide del tempio affiancavano l’oracolo osservando i visitatori e chiedendo ilContinue reading “Big Data: la troppa fiducia è un rischio?”