Archaeology and social relations meet in the IDENTIS research project

Thanks to a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Career Restart grant, researcher Mauro Puddu investigated material traces of the past in order to reconstruct the identities and social relations of rural populations in central-western Sardinia in the Roman era. The research project has also led to the exhibition "Shards of the Past, Meanings of the Present", which will be will be inaugurated on 31 August 2023 at Ca' Foscari Zattere.

Ca' Foscari: algorithm replaces rare-earth elements with green materials

Rara Foundation-Sustainable Materials and Technologies Ets is a recently founded non-profit organisation set up to promote and carry out research on sustainable technologies and materials, offering 'clean' and viable solutions in geopolitical strategies related to rare materials.

Titan disaster: tourism of the deep towards frontier research

"A catastrophic implosion" destroyed OceanGate's submarine Titan, some four thousand metres to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. We discussed the issue with Alessio Rovere, Associate Professor of Physical Geography and Geomorphology at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics at Ca' Foscari.

Centralization damages Local Ecological Knowledge: results of DiGe (ERCSG)

The research project led by by Renata Sõukand, Associate Professor of Botany at Ca' Foscari, has created an advanced understanding of the dynamics involved in the transformation of ethnobotanical knowledge within traditional societies and minority ethnic groups, when faced with attempts by dominant forces to unify and erode this practical knowledge.

Arctic: research shows connection between climate variability and mercury

A new study published in Nature Geoscience and carried out by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in collaboration with the Institute of Polar Sciences of the National Research Council and other international partners, shows that the sea ice melting following temperature increase during the last glacial-interglacial transition caused a higher release of mercury into the atmosphere.

Is Chat GPT really smart? A few questions for Marcello Pelillo

ChatGPT has become a real media case. It is one of the most famous artificial intelligence models developed by OpenAI, and it is polarising opinions in the scientific and non-scientific community. We discussed it with an expert, Marcello Pelillo, professor of computer science at Ca' Foscari, who has been working in the field of AI for thirty years.

Svalbard mission saves Arctic climate heritage despite unexpected meltwater

The Ice Memory operation saved Arctic climate heritage after an expedition endangered by unexpected meltwater and calls for a rapid action by the international community to save the memory of the world's glaciers.

From the University of Sydney a surprise in the field of inscriptions

What are 78 Latin and Greek inscriptions, at least 2 of which are fake, doing in Australia? That must be the question Prof Lorenzo Calvelli asked himself when, in January, he went to the University of Sydney on an Erasmus+ ICM mobility programme and saw the Nicholson Epigraphic Collection.

A mission to save the ice memory of Svalbard’s glaciers

An international team of scientists has reached the Holtedahlfonna icefield in the Svalbard Archipelago, setting up camp at an altitude of 1,100 meters in the Arctic. The expedition is led by the Institute of Polar Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy and involves scientists from the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Norwegian Polar Institute, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and the University of Perugia.