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 129 Breaks:
To See a World in a Grain of Interplanetary Dust
Interplanetary dust from comets contains surviving interstellar dust, the starting solids from which our Solar System formed. In some, we find evidence of the first aggregation of dust in a cold environment, the initial step in planet formation.Mar 22, 2019 | 4 min read
Norwegian IQ scores are falling – but genes are not to blame
After several decades of increasing IQ scores, the average score of Norwegian male conscripts began to decline with the birth cohorts born after 1975. Both the increase and decline, however, can be identified by comparing siblings with the same mother and father, ruling out genetic explanations.Mar 20, 2019 | 4 min read
Methane ice dunes on Pluto
Spotting features that looked like dunes on Pluto's surface proved the easy part of the research. Showing that the ridges only made sense if they had been blown by the wind was harder. But it was explaining how dunes could form on a world with almost no atmosphere that took time and a diverse range of expertise. We describe a world at once both familiar and very alien to our own.Mar 18, 2019 | 4 min read
A bacterium with the power of changing the course of Human history
Around 5,000 years ago, different Neolithic populations in Europe started to reduce in size and even disappear. The reasons for this decay are still largely discussed, but the process is known as the Neolithic Decline. We found pieces of evidence suggesting that infectious diseases, and precisely plague, may have played a role in this process.Mar 15, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Should Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder Be Considered an Impulse Control Disorder?
With an estimated 3 to 6 percent of the population possibly having compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD), it is now being researched like never before. This is leading to the question whether it should be considered an impulse control disorder, or something else?Mar 13, 2019 | 4.5 min read
Emergent division of labor among clonal ants
Division of labor is thought to be central to the success of social species like ants and humans, but how does it arise? We used automated behavioral tracking in an unusual, clonal ant to show that division of labor can emerge in response to increasing group size. These behavioral changes were accompanied by rapid increases in colony performance.Mar 11, 2019 | 4 min read