Do you find connecting with the scientific community a hard task?

If you are a science lover, you might find it hard to keep up with the many scientific discoveries and articles, unless you work in that field, as over the years technology has progressed so much that new findings come out by the minute. To be even able to have a vague idea of how much we are advancing in these fields, we should either read each scientific article right as they come out, which is an impossible challenge even if we only consider how long it takes to read a single article, or we can turn to mass media that concern themselves with a wider variety of topics treated in a more concise way, while still mentioning the sources for verification and further reading. Admittedly, the second option looks like the most promising one.
In this case, I decided to discuss the subject by featuring a few articles from the well-known Italian daily newspaper “Il Messagero”, which has, in my opinion, a very sharp and brief delivery in all its articles, which demonstrates in an outstanding way the efficiency of journals.
Il Messaggero is an Italian newspaper based in Rome, Italy, and owned by Caltagirone Editore. It is the eighth most popular daily in Italy, however, it ranks 1st for sales in the capital, where it can be found Tritone Street, 152. In addition to its national edition, the paper has 12 local editions, including those for the regions of Lazio, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, and Tuscany. It covers miscellaneous topics of every kind: from science and politics to gossip.
Il Messaggero was founded in December 1878. On 1 January 1879, the first issue of Il Messaggero was published, under the management of Luigi Cesana. The paper aimed at being the newspaper of newspapers and at providing its readers with all opinions and all events. Since its inception, Il Messaggero has been owned by different companies. One of the former owners is Montedison through the Ferruzzi Group. In 1996, the paper was acquired by Francesco Gaetano Caltagirone who founded the Caltagirone Editore in 1999, the company which owns the majority of the paper.
I have chosen the latest news regarding scientific progress, in the field of energy production by nuclear fusion. In the first article, the recent success of the Joint European Torus (JET), beating its previous record, is celebrated, being the event a clear indication that the transition to clean sources of energy is becoming more accessible by the day. So, even though the results might not have been all that impressive, what really matters is the significance of this, as explained earlier, “artificial star” that gives hope for a brighter future.
The second article regards, again, the topic of nuclear fusion. Engineer Aldo Pizzuto was interviewed on the project to build a new lab in Italy in order to conduct experiments that could enhance the technology of nuclear reactors. Other than the European Union, Italian regions like Piemonte, Emilia Romagna, and Lazio have funded the project.
On that note, I’d like to end by reminding the reader that scientific research is probably the most important field in our society since it allows us to progress, which is something that we might take for granted, even though without science humans would still be stuck in the Middle Ages.

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