With a degree in molecular biology and one in digital communications, Massimo is constantly on a mission to inspire scientists and laypeople around him with his passion for science. Head of TheScienceBreaker, he proudly chases his naïve dream of an engaged society where science and technology are part of the solution to the challenges ahead of human civilization.
Massimo is the editor of 332 Breaks:
Can we read the universe’s book of secrets?
FASER, a small experiment at the CERN LHC, searches for new hypothetical particles proposed in theories that try to address some of the open questions of the Standard Model of particle physics. To enhance its discovery potential, an instrument using novel high-resolution silicon sensors was approved to be added to the experiment during the LHC Run-3, which has just started.Jul 29, 2022 | 4 min read
Solving the puzzle behind COVID-19 induced smell loss
The SARS-CoV-2 virus rarely infects olfactory sensory neurons yet causes widespread anosmia. To explain this apparent paradox, we found that odour detection is impaired due to virus-mediated disruption of nuclear architecture.Jul 18, 2022 | 3.5 min read
Tiny molecular probes reveal invisible forces inside cells
Tiny fluorescent molecules, inspired by the color-changing lobster pigment, have been developed to visualize and measure the tension of various cellular membranes. It is the first time scientists can observe the consequences of an invisible force acting in real-time inside cells.Jan 10, 2022 | 4 min read
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