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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:

T. rex growing pains: the king of dinosaurs was first a tyrannical teenager

Studying the bone microstructure of the skeletons of two medium-sized Tyrannosaurus rex, we investigated their early life. We discovered that they were teenagers, rather than a smaller ‘Nanotyrannus’ species. Additionally, we found that T. rex adjusted annual growth based on resource abundance; it exploited carnivore niches at the exclusion of other species.

Aug 13, 2020 | 4 min read
The biological reality of psychosomatic disease

The latest neurobiological research is revealing important and influential neural pathways between the brain to organ systems, indicating the potential power of mind-body medicine.

Aug 12, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Genes that influence handedness alter brain architecture

By comparing the genetic sequence of right-handers versus left-handers, we have uncovered regions in the genome that are linked to an increased chance of being left-handed. These genetic variations alter the white matter tracts that link regions of the brain related to language, and the same regions in the right and left brain hemispheres of left-handers communicate in a more coordinated way.

Aug 10, 2020 | 3 min read
The importance of being tested

As COVID-19 is raging worldwide, mathematical models tailored to the pandemic suggest the most effective interventions to contain the contagion. Physical distancing and lockdown, indispensable at an early stage, can be combined with testing and contact tracing, crucial to relieve lockdown measures safely and possibly end the epidemic faster.

Jul 15, 2020 | 3.5 min read
A Ghost Tsunami without warning

In December 2018, a tsunami took 437 lives and injured 33,000 on the beaches of Sumatra and Java without warning. What can be done to provide a warning for such events? Real-time analysis of long-period ground motions could have determined that a sudden flank collapse of erupting Anak Krakatau volcano was potentially tsunamigenic, giving a basis for tsunami warning.

Jul 14, 2020 | 3 min read
When the girdle of social timing relaxes: Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleep

Increased regularity of sleep-wake patterns and more sleep: The ‘lockdown’-induced relaxation of social schedules had positive effects on people’s sleep. However, not everyone slept well in this unprecedented situation.

Jul 9, 2020 | 3.5 min read