“Six Italian scientists and an ex-government official have been sentenced to six years in prison over the 2009 deadly earthquake in L’Aquila.”
It is a very sad day for Science in Italy.
After reading this article by the BBC, I was surprised that people were prosecuted for having inaccurate predictions. I can understand that there was a tragic loss of life by this natural disaster, but to prosecute the seismologists on the grounds of mass manslaughter because of it is absurd.
Science has been around for a long time and because of it the human race has a much greater understanding of the world around us and the way it works. With theories, predictions and experimentation being an integral part of learning how the world works so we can better prepare ourselves in the future.
Unfortunately as with a lot of natural occurrences, though you can predict with a degree of certainty it is never definite. The general weather for instance is a very good example and goes alongside the fact its notoriously hard to get right. Earthquakes are currently even harder to predict as scientists still have a lot to learn.
With the Higgs Boson experiments reaching 5.9 levels of sigma in previous weeks, there looks to be great discoveries on the horizon, I can only hope this doesn’t overshadow future breakthroughs.