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This Happened - March 1: Javier Bardem Is Born

Javier Bardem was born on this day in 1969 in Las Palmas, Spain. He has gained international fame for his roles in films such as "No Country for Old Men," "Skyfall," and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

What is Javier Bardem's family background?

Javier Bardem comes from a long line of filmmakers and actors dating back to the earliest days of Spanish cinema. He is a grandson of actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro. He is married to fellow actor Penelope Cruz. The couple got married in 2010 and have two children together.

What awards has Javier Bardem won for his acting?

Javier Bardem has won numerous awards for his acting, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "No Country for Old Men." He has also won multiple Goya Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars) and other international awards for his work.

What other things has Javier Bardem been involved other than acting?

Javier Bardem is an outspoken activist and has been involved in many environmental and humanitarian causes. He has worked with organizations such as Greenpeace and UNICEF and has spoken out on issues such as climate change and refugee rights. He is also a strong advocate for the preservation of marine life and has helped to produce several documentaries on the subject.

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Does This Italian Scientist Know When Iceland's Most Dangerous Volcano Will Erupt?

Originally from Tuscany, Sara Barsotti has spent the past decade leading the task force monitoring Iceland's major volcanic eruption threat, following all the warning signs as her family evacuates the small town they've been calling home.

Photograph of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano

Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano

Mokslo Sriuba/Wikimedia
Federico Taddia

Updated Nov. 15, 2023 at 6:15 p.m.

REYKJAVÍK — "We haven't slept since Friday; we're extremely tired. We look at each other, colleagues with red eyes and contorted faces, forcing each other to go home and rest for a few hours. But then the phone never stops ringing, the situation keeps changing, and our minds are always there, trying to understand what is happening and what will happen."

When Sara Barsotti speaks, it's clear that she hasn't lost her Tuscan accent. It's ever-present as she coordinates the volcanic hazard task force from the operational center of the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) – Iceland's volcano observatory. It's the same accent with which she reassures her three children who have felt yet another earthquake in their Reykjavík home, advising them to go to the supermarket to get sushi for dinner because "mom will be very late, and the fridge is empty."

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While she communicates in English with other volcanologists, seismologists, and mathematical model experts in a seemingly endless series of meetings, she switches to Icelandic to update Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir on the evolution of the emergency.

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