As the medicine realm continues to find the cure for various diseases that could put millions of lives at stake, 9 people are suffering from a rare disease called X-linked reticulate pigmentary disorder with systematic manifestations that makes them highly sensitive to sunlight.
Commonly called XLPDR, the disorder keeps patients from staying under the sun for a long time and is associated with various infections as well as the risk of overheating that could be risky to one's life.
Rome-based photographer Luca Catalano Gonzaga had been studying the disease for some years and along the way, he came across the story of Alex Gentile, an 8-year-old boy living in Valbrona, Italy, who is one of the nine people across the globe diagnosed with XLPDR. more >>
A staple of the on-the-go American diet, vending machines have long been a source of candy bars, sodas, snacks, and the occasional sandwich.
But how about a vending machine that gives out freshly-made pizza in under three minutes? You think it impossible? Think again!
W. Andrew Powell uploaded a video to YouTube that came from a 2012 vacation to Italy with his wife wherein the couple found such an amazing machine. more >>
Italian researchers have revealed that DNA tests conducted on the Shroud of Turin, which some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, have shown that it contains traces of plants found from all around the world.
Real Clear Science reported that researchers sequenced the DNA of pollen and other dust particles from the 14-foot-long cloth, and were able to determine the types of plants and the biogeographic origin of people who have come into contact with it. Remarkably, evidence was found of plants from South America, the Middle East, Central Africa, Central Asia, China, and other regions.
"So, what does this mean? It's hard to say," the article said. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest from Sicily is being vilified by church leaders after he allegedly told his followers to drink "sacred" water from a spring he claims the voice of the Virgin Mary told him about.
The Local, an English-language news source based in Italy, reported that Father Alessandro Minutella from the parish of San Giovanni Bosco in Carini, has been leading his congregation to pray at the miraculous water source, and has been distributing the water to people.
In an interview with Rai 1, Minutella insisted that the voice of the Virgin Mary led him to the spring. more >>
Almost eight years after Meredith Kercher was found lifeless and half-dressed on her tiled student apartment in Perugia, Italy, the highest court has explained why Amanda Knox was convicted twice and also acquitted twice.
On Monday, Italy's highest court released its final say on the case in 52 pages, explaining why Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede of the Ivory Coast, were acquitted last March.
The documents cited "glaring errors, investigative amnesia, and guilty omissions," in one of the most controversial cases worldwide, which the five-judge panel said were mainly the reasons why the alleged murderers were finally convicted after four years in prison. more >>
An Italian Catholic priest and his church are offering Christian couples willing to have a third child the equivalent of $2,200 in Euros to help increase the country's dwindling population of native Italians.
The money is being offered by Father Stefano Bimbi of the parish of Staggia in Tuscany, and it can only be received after the couple has baptized the child. The couple must have also been married in the Catholic Church and have to be native Italians, according to TheLocal.it.
Bimbi hopes the money will help parents "with the courage to accept the gift of a child." He also said the Church does not have a large amount of money for the initiative, but he promised that it would continue until all the funds run out. more >>