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Massimo Caine

About Massimo

Massimo, molecular biologist, is constantly on a mission to inspire scientists and laypeople around him with his passion for science. During the time spent on the bench, he followed his natural all-around curiosity, investigating several topics from medical diseases to plant physiology. Head of TheScienceBreaker, Massimo proudly chases his naïve dream of an engaged society where scientists and citizens are facing together the upcoming challenges for human civilizations. At the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Massimo works for BiOutils – an academic and laboratory-based platform for outreach in life sciences.

Massimo is the editor of 86 Breaks:

Ant medics: wound treatment in a predatory species

Matabele ants often get injured and loose limbs while hunting termites. Inside the nest, we observe nestmates treating these wounds. They clean the injury with their mouths and thus reduce the infection risk and mortality of the injured.

Sep 19, 2018 | 4 min read
The Arctic’s singing whales

Almost all mammals communicate using sound, but few produce complex songs. Bowhead whales are one of only two of the great whales to do so. Spitsbergen bowhead whales produce dozens of different songs every winter; this acoustic repertoire is unique among mammals.

Sep 13, 2018 | 4 min read
Consumed to death: bacteria cause their own extinction by over-polluting the environment

It has been speculated for quite a while whether populations – first of all the human population – can drive themselves to extinction by over-polluting their environment. We have found such an 'ecological suicide' in microbes that make their environment so toxic during growth that the whole population dies.

Sep 11, 2018 | 2.5 min read
The closest dwarf planet to the Earth is alive

Observations of Ceres from NASA Dawn spacecraft have detected recent variations in its surface, revealing that the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system is a dynamic body that continues to evolve and change.

Sep 5, 2018 | 4 min read
The intimate relationships between seeds and fungi

More often than previously thought, fungi are able to infect seeds…what are the consequences? Seeds of tropical trees interact with a wide variety of fungal partners in ways that may help tropical plant diversity to be maintained.

Aug 30, 2018 | 3 min read
The European idea, a 5000 years old concept according to the Bell Beaker culture

New "ancient-DNA" research sheds light on the networks that existed across the whole of Europe and northern Africa 5000 years ago. What motivated these networks? Economical trade, migrations of people, or a transfer of ideas from one community to the next? Using the genetic materials of burial sites all across Europe, some answers are starting to emerge.

Aug 23, 2018 | 3.5 min read