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A Sicilian Town Sends an Omen of a Much Hotter Future

A Sicilian Town Sends an Omen of a Much Hotter Future

Technology, World
FLORIDIA, Sicily — Before this week, the small Sicilian town of Floridia had a few claims to fame. The second wife of a Bourbon king was the town’s duchess. The snails that are a local delicacy are raised here. Its surrounding fields won it the greenest city in Italy prize in 2000. Its mayor is among Italy’s youngest.But now Floridia has become known for something else, something far more ominous. It is perhaps the most blisteringly hot town in the recorded history of Europe, offering Italy and the entire Mediterranean a preview of a sweltering and potentially uninhabitable future brought on by the globe’s changing climate.“Floridia is now the center of the world when it comes to the climate,” said Mayor Marco Carianni, 24, as he cooled off in the town’s central square on Thursday, a day a...
Shrinking Elephants Once Called Sicily Home

Shrinking Elephants Once Called Sicily Home

Technology
Elephants today are confined to the African and Asian continents. But their extinct relatives once roamed far and wide across the planet. When they settled onto islands, some species’ evolutionary course changed direction in a dramatic fashion.In a paper published earlier this month, scientists found clues to just how much island living can rapidly alter the evolution of these animals.“Evolution on islands is a quite intriguing field of science, since it can be seen as an experiment of nature or evolution in action,” said Sina Baleka, the paper’s lead author and a paleogeneticist at McMaster University in Canada. She and her co-authors hope their findings can offer insights into how species living today are affected by geographic isolation on islands and in other habitats.Evidence of small...
Last Summer, Luca Guadagnino Found Solace With Friends

Last Summer, Luca Guadagnino Found Solace With Friends

Travel
From left: LUCA GUADAGNINO, filmmaker, 49; ALESSIO BOLZONI, photographer, 41; GIUPPY D’AURA, writer and fashion history lecturer, 36; FERNANDA PÉREZ, makeup artist, 51; and FRIDA RUGGIERI, student, 13. Photographed at the Quintocanto Hotel & Spa in Palermo, Italy, on Aug. 28, 2020. Friends Who Summer Together In an unusual season, a director and some of his closest collaborators came together on the Sicilian coast. From left: LUCA GUADAGNINO, filmmaker, 49; ALESSIO BOLZONI, photographer, 41; GIUPPY D’AURA, writer and fashion history lecturer, 36; FERNANDA PÉREZ, makeup artist, 51; and FRIDA RUGGIERI, student, 13. Photographed at the Quintocanto Hotel & Spa in Palermo, Italy, on Aug. 28, 2020. Interviews by Noor Brara Photograph by Alex Majoli