Among those convicted was Enzo Boschi, former head of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. He and the others face as much as six years in prison.
"I am dejected, desperate," Boschi said after the verdict. "I thought I would have been acquitted. I still don't understand what I was convicted of."
The scapegoating of scientists leads to ignorance. Who in their right mind would study volcanology in Italy after this?
"It's a sad day for science," said seismologist Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, Calif., "It's unsettling."
The upside is that the Italian seismologists, geologists and disaster experts cannot be jailed until their appeal is heard. Pray for the appellate court to have the common sense the trial judge lacked.
PRESIDENT Obama has based much of his re-election effort on a false claim that Republicans have a War On Women. Polls show, however, that women are not buying this - nor should they.
The Associated Press-GfK Poll of likely voters Thursday showed Mitt Romney and the president tied at 47 percent each among women.
But Romney has the lead overall thanks to a 47-42 advantage among men. So it turns out that Obama is the one with the gender gap.