Do scientists have a legal responsibility to be right and to tell us about it?

That is what an Italian court will consider Saturday as it resumes an unprecedented manslaughter trial of six Italian geophysicists and one former government official.

Or is the problem in this case that they took part in a commission for predicting great risks even though predicting earthquakes really isn't reliably possible?

Don't forget that there will be an eruption of Vesuvius, sooner or later, and well... if evacuation haven't started before it erupts (if it's a large eruption, of course), lots and lots of people won't get away, so this is relevant to Italian politics.

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