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.
Massimo is the editor of 329 Breaks:
Apes and monkeys understand syntax-like structures
We, humans, can combine a limited number of words into an unlimited number of possible sentences using syntax. We tested whether our closest living relatives, monkeys and apes, are able to understand sound sequences that follow some of the rules of language, shedding light on the mysterious evolutionary origins of this ability.Oct 6, 2021 | 3.5 min read
How can botulinum toxin help with depression?
Current antidepressants are not effective for more than half of the patients with depression. Treatment-resistant depression has fueled research into additional classes of drugs with antidepressant potentials such as botulinum toxin or Botox. However, due to its general popularity in cosmetic use, its use in psychiatry is misunderstood and often mischaracterized.Sep 15, 2021 | 2.5 min read
Hidden in plain sight: how an invisible ring in the sky uncovered a past cosmic collision
Sometimes, looking at things in a new way reveals brand-new secrets about it. By scanning the cosmos for light invisible to our eyes, the site of an ancient stellar collision was revealed by a large, mysterious ring in the sky. Its discovery provides us with a rare opportunity to study what happens after two stars collide to form one.Sep 8, 2021 | 3.5 min read
How to fight climate change? Let forests grow
While enthusiasm grows for reforestation as a tool for combatting climate change, we lacked information about how fast or slow new forests across the globe could capture carbon dioxide. So we created a first-of-its-kind map of potential carbon capture from natural forest regrowth for every square kilometer of the planet.Sep 6, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Tidings from Before the Flood: how Artificial Intelligence Rediscovers Ancient Babylonian Texts
Texts written in cuneiform, the first writing system in the world, hold much information on the cultures of ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. However, many of the clay tablets on which the texts were written are broken and fragmented. For this reason, we developed an artificial intelligence model to reconstruct the gaps in these ancient texts.Sep 1, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Mild or severe COVID-19? An antibody story
The effects of COVID-19 in humans are highly variable, with symptoms ranging from none to those severe enough to require intubation and intensive care. Our study identified that immune cells responding to the viral infection (seen in patients with mild-moderate symptoms) are systemically absent in severe patients, and their blood contain auto antibodies that prevent the production of these cells.Aug 30, 2021 | 3.5 min read