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Massimo Caine

Founder and Director

About Massimo

Harnessing his dual expertise in molecular biology and digital communications, Massimo is a steadfast advocate for science, striving to weave it into the fabric of everyday life. As the founder and editor-in-chief of TheScienceBreaker, he is not just chasing a dream, but actively building a reality where society and science walk hand-in-hand. His aspiration is not one of distant admiration, but of close collaboration: empowering every individual with scientific understanding and fostering a collective enthusiasm for discovery. His vision is one of unity, where society acknowledges the integral role of science and technology in shaping our shared future.

Massimo is the editor of 342 Breaks:

Ouch, that needle hurts! How some viruses inject their DNA

Some viruses infect their bacterial hosts by injecting their DNA using a nano-injection machine that resembles a hypodermic needle. They then hijack their host into reproducing new copies of the virus and to unleash those copies to infect other hosts. To understand how this injection machine works in real-time, we developed a model to simulate the injection process.

Sep 25, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Why so aggressive? Bringing the past into the present

Animals change their aggressive behaviour across contexts, potentially due to lingering effects of past experiences. We tested the aggression in fruit flies before and after they were placed in a vial for 4-days, varying the group composition and the intensity of food competition. Male aggression changed after the 4-day period, showing how specific past experiences can alter future aggressiveness.

Sep 23, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Stop all the clocks: the hidden long-term consequences of sleep loss

Sleep loss perturbs the molecular circadian clock inside our cells. This effect persists long after the organism has recovered from sleep loss at the behavioral level.

Sep 22, 2020 | 4 min read
The Janus-Faced Nature of Cancer Immunity

In this study, we demonstrated that the immune response in cancer patients could sometimes inhibit, but other times enhance tumor cells' growth.

Sep 21, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Our cell's “protein factory” can decrease fats to promote lifespan

Aging is a shared phenomenon amongst all organisms, and it’s well understood that stress hastens aging. However, the knowledge of how aging affects our capacity to deal with stress is less widespread. It turns out that our ability to deal with stress loses function in aging, and hyperactivating stress responses that usually decline during aging can extend lifespan.

Sep 18, 2020 | 3.5 min read
The secrets hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

Antarctica is losing ice. The shape of the bed under the ice sheet may explain why some sectors are more vulnerable to climate change than others. It is, however, extremely difficult to see through thousands of meters of ice. By combining measurements at the surface with math, we find the deepest canyon on Earth and ridges that have important consequences for its future stability.

Sep 17, 2020 | 3.5 min read