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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 112 Breaks:

Virus infection: may the (binding) force be with you?

From touchdown to cell entry, sophisticated microscopy can shed new light into the molecular mechanisms established by the viruses to hijack the cellular barrier and enter the cell.

Jan 11, 2019 | 4 min read
A snapshot from the early Earth

Research into understanding how the Earth acquired its volatile elements suggests that primitive materials that formed early in the Solar System had a limited range in halogen compositions.

Jan 9, 2019 | 3 min read
Scutoid cell blocks: a (energetically) cheap way of life

A new geometric shape has been described in epithelial cells. This type of cells blocks, called Scutoids, are necessary for curving the epithelial tissues and enables the cells packing efficiently into three-dimensional structures.

Jan 7, 2019 | 4 min read
Oil palms and primates can hardly co-exist in Africa

The recent conversion of land to oil palm crops has produced catastrophic effects in Southeast Asia. Shocking images of orangutans left with no home, together with health awareness campaigns, have already reduced the consumption of palm oil-based products, and steered food companies towards product lines “palm oil free”. But will this be enough to preserve primates populations?

Dec 19, 2018 | 4 min read
Tourism is not a “smoke-free” industry

Travel is an activity enjoyed and loved by many people globally. However, tourism is not a “smoke-free” industry. Due to its high carbon intensity and continuing growth, tourism will constitute a growing part of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Dec 17, 2018 | 4 min read
Antarctica Has Got the Chilly Chilly Shakes

Antarctica was once thought to have limited earthquakes. Local data exposed 27 earthquakes in just one year, showing that Antarctica does have earthquakes. These earthquakes outline an ancient rift system buried beneath more than a mile of ice.

Dec 14, 2018 | 4 min read