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Massimo Caine

Founder and Director

About Massimo

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:

Enabling a hydrogen-fueled future

Hydrogen embrittlement is an obstacle for using metals in hydrogen fuel technologies. We found the origin of this effect by using a customized state-of-the-art microscope to directly observe hydrogen at both defects and an incoherent interface between internal carbides and the surrounding steel.

Sep 1, 2020 | 4.5 min read
The "reasonable irrationality" principle

Throughout history, humans have searched for ways to improve their decisions. The idea of sound judgment attracted philosophers, economists, lawyers and counselling psychologists. Understanding sound decision-making is fundamental to our lives, as our financial decisions, the legal system, general well-being and even sports depend on it.

Aug 26, 2020 | 3.5 min read
De-liver-ing blood and immune cells to the developing human

Little is known about how the human immune system develops before birth. However, with advances in sampling methods and gene mapping technologies, we have completed an atlas of the developing blood and immune systems. This will enable us to use this knowledge for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and to better understand diseases.

Aug 25, 2020 | 3 min read
Aquatic plants are influenced by the surrounding landscape

Have you ever had an aquarium with plants and failed to make it flourish? In this recent study published in Science, we show that the mineral composition of the soils in the surrounding landscape controls the aquatic vegetation in adjacent lakes, but not in streams, and there are lessons to be also learned for the hobbyist.

Aug 18, 2020 | 3 min read
Vicious Circles – how changes in the shape of DNA can drive cancer

One of the most iconic images in biology is the 23 pairs of chromosomes in the human cell. It is central to the paradigm of inheritance. Our recent findings show that cancer breaks that rule. We have explained how changes in the shape of DNA, as it forms a circle, promotes cancer. This scenario makes cancer to evolve quickly and more resistant to treatments.

Aug 17, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Carnivorous plants help uncover universal rules of plant development

From flowers to leaves and carnivorous plant traps, humble mounds of cells generate remarkably diverse plant organ shapes. How do plants coordinate growth to shape these blobs into fully-grown organs? By combining computational modelling with experiments in a carnivorous plant, we suggest a mechanism for how plants control growth patterns and how they can be modified to evolve new shapes.

Aug 14, 2020 | 4 min read