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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 218 Breaks:

Hunting new-born neurons in the human adult brain

The continuous generation of new neurons during lifetime is crucial for learning and memory. In humans, we found a mild decrease in the number of these immature neurons through physiological aging and a dramatic reduction in Alzheimer´s disease accompanied by impairment in their maturation.

Jan 22, 2020 | 3 min read
The migration of marine plankton during the industrial era

Due to climate change, the Earth is now in a state fundamentally different from before the pre-industrial era. Marine plankton, the basis of the food chain, has been responding to ongoing change. However, up to now, it was not known if plankton species had been pushed away from their undisturbed state.

Jan 21, 2020 | 3 min read
‘Online’ integration of sensory and fear memories

A stimulus never associated before with danger becomes frightening when elements of a past sensory memory become integrated into a new fear memory. But when does this integration occur? We show that this integration occurs ‘online’ as the fearful event is encountered.

Jan 17, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Warmer oceans will harbor lower animal abundance

Climate change is affecting the distribution and abundance of marine life. Yet the full extent of future changes is difficult to predict due to limitations in individual models used for forecasting. By combining different models, we project widespread declines in animal life in a warmer ocean.

Jan 16, 2020 | 4 min read
Solving the Bermuda mystery: an island that tells a story of a new way to form volcanoes

Bermuda’s explosive past has changed how geologists think about the processes that make volcanoes. The chemical composition of the lavas analyzed in this study indicate that Bermuda ‘tapped’ a geologically young, volatile rich layer in the mantle, unlike anything previously known.

Jan 15, 2020 | 4 min read
Blood from a golden stone: dinosaur discoveries within amber

Beautiful prehistoric flower petals, pristine exoskeletons of insects, delicate silken spiderwebs, and even entire desiccated carcasses of small lizards have been discovered inside amber. But until recently, even the largest pieces of amber seemed too small to contain a dinosaur.

Jan 10, 2020 | 4 min read