asylumx writes: Six seismologists and one public official in Italy have been convicted of manslaughter charges for failing to correctly predict a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in 2009 that killed at least 300 people. During a meeting a week before the quake, the scientists declared it was unlikely but not impossible for a major quake to occur, even though the area had been experiencing recent seismic activity. From the article: The Italian geophysics institute expressed "regret and concern" about the verdict in a statement Monday. It said the ruling "threatens to undermine one of the cornerstones of scientific research: that of freedom of investigation, of open and transparent discussion and sharing of results." Let's hope other countries don't follow suit!