xMiscellen(July 2008) Soap-Stone Ice-Cubes in 2 x 2 x 2 cm format created by a Finnish designer keep dinks cool just like traditional ice-cubes but are reusable and do not melt giving a whole new meaning to „on the rocks“. See site.

The Marmomacc (October 2. to 5. in Verona) offers preregistration for trade visitors which leads to complimentary admission. If you want the ticktes mailed to your postal address, you have to register online at the latest until 2nd of August. If you’ll fill out the online form until the 15th of September, you can pick them up at the fairground.

Numbers of visitors counted at the Carrara Marmotec and other statistics are compiled in a pressrelease published by the trade fair. According to the figures published, significantly more foreign visitors and qualified tradespeople visited the fair.

Radon-Release and radiation emanating from granite counter-tops have often disquieted consumers. The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has compiled information for members of the trade containing the most important studies on granite to countervene media reports. The study can be downloaded free of charge in english (pdf) (more). Update: MIA-video. Update: IMM Carrara gives 20.000 Dollar for Italian firms to support MIA’s campaign.

The Oldest Bust Yet Found of Julius Caesar dates back to 45 B.C. and was recently discovered in a river-bed in France. Only the emperor’s nose was missing.

A brand für machines from Italian production was recently introduced to the public by Confindustria Marmomacchine. The logo bears the name „Marmo Macchine Mark“ and is accessible only for members of the association.