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ANSA. Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori is preparing for his third trip to the International Space Station (ISS), where he will test an Italian-designed sensor unveiled on Tuesday at Perugia University. The 'electronic nose', selected for the mission by the Italian Space Agency and NASA, is a highly sophisticated device able to detect various odours. (Read the article)
ANSA. A team of scientists in Tuscany said Tuesday they were using live octopuses as a model for the household robots which will someday clean our homes, mind our children and man our factories. (Read the article)
ANSA. Foreigners without permission to live in Italy must be expelled from the country, even if they have young children at school from whom they will be separated, the supreme court said. (Read the article)
ANSA. The story of an infamous nun who took a lover, conspired in the murders he committed, and inspired a character in Alessandro Manzoni's masterpiece I Promessi Sposi is the focus of a exhibition here looking at the confinement of 16th-century noblewomen in Italy. The exhibition at the Castello Sforzesco reconstructs the life of Marianna de Leyva (1575-1650), better known as the Nun of Monza (Read the article)
EURONEWS. Up to million books are set to be given a new lease of life as part of a digital deal between Italy and Google.
The internet search giant is to scan the books in national libraries in Rome and Florence, in what is being described as the first partnership of its kind. (Read the article and view the slide show)
TheWallStreetJornal. The fall 2010 collections may offer the best clothes for working women since Yves St. Laurent introduced the sleek "Le Smoking" pantsuit in 1966. In Milan, Gucci, Jil Sander, Etro, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Bottega Veneta and Aquilano Rimondi all showed elegant, classic versions of women's suits—tailored jackets with either pants or skirts to match (Read the article)
Nbcphiladelphia. Andrea Bocelli, who describes himself as "a modern but old-fashioned tenor" in a highly successful career mixing opera with classical and popular music, received the 2,402nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. (Read the article)
ANSA. Italy's appeal on a European court ruling against crosses in Italian classrooms has been admitted. A five-strong panel on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Italy had a case against the November 3 ruling that sparked a storm in the heavily Catholic country and strong criticism from Italy's centre-right government. (Read the article)
ANSA. Clients who don't pay prostitutes are guilty of rape, Italy's highest court ruled Wednesday.
The Cassation Court, Italy's highest appeals court whose sentences set legal precedents, upheld a four-year rape conviction against a Ligurian man who 'did a runner' from a hotel without paying for his sex bout. (Read the article)
TECHCRUNCH. An Italian court yesterday convicted three (ex) Google executives in a trial over a video showing a teenager being bullied. The Google Italy employees were accused of breaking Italian law by allowing the video of bullying of a teenager with autism to be posted on YouTube Google Video in late 2006. Google has responded in a justifiably vociferous blog post calling this a “serious threat to the web in Italy (Read the Article by Mike Butche)