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Massimo Caine

About Massimo

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 318 Breaks:

‘Online’ integration of sensory and fear memories

A stimulus never associated before with danger becomes frightening when elements of a past sensory memory become integrated into a new fear memory. But when does this integration occur? We show that this integration occurs ‘online’ as the fearful event is encountered.

Jan 17, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Warmer oceans will harbor lower animal abundance

Climate change is affecting the distribution and abundance of marine life. Yet the full extent of future changes is difficult to predict due to limitations in individual models used for forecasting. By combining different models, we project widespread declines in animal life in a warmer ocean.

Jan 16, 2020 | 4 min read
Solving the Bermuda mystery: an island that tells a story of a new way to form volcanoes

Bermuda’s explosive past has changed how geologists think about the processes that make volcanoes. The chemical composition of the lavas analyzed in this study indicate that Bermuda ‘tapped’ a geologically young, volatile rich layer in the mantle, unlike anything previously known.

Jan 15, 2020 | 4 min read
Blood from a golden stone: dinosaur discoveries within amber

Beautiful prehistoric flower petals, pristine exoskeletons of insects, delicate silken spiderwebs, and even entire desiccated carcasses of small lizards have been discovered inside amber. But until recently, even the largest pieces of amber seemed too small to contain a dinosaur.

Jan 10, 2020 | 4 min read
Life’s early dinner parties

Ernietta was a complex lifeform inhabiting the Earth’s earliest seafloor ecosystem. There are few fossil specimens available to study in detail how these organisms fed. However, thanks to virtual fluid studies, we have been able to demonstrate that Ernietta was feeding on suspensions and assembling in groups. Thus, our results provide a link between today’s oceans and the earliest ecosystems.

Jan 9, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Recent Rapid Changes in Antarctic Sea Ice Coverage

A newly completed 40-year satellite record of Antarctic sea ice coverage reveals that after slowly increasing, overall, from the late 1970s to 2014, Antarctic sea ice expanse rapidly decreased from 2014 to 2017, followed by a slight rebound in 2018 that hasn’t continued so far in 2019.

Jan 8, 2020 | 4 min read