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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 321 Breaks:

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
'Take a deep breath in': a new treatment for congenital lung disease

Scientists have developed a breakthrough method to genetically edit the genome of a developing mice fetus. This revolutionary treatment allows to treat a respiratory illness ahead of birth and it shows promise application for future treatment in humans.

Dec 20, 2019 | 3.5 min read
More boats and less fish in the oceans

Since the 50s, the number of fishing boats in the oceans has vastly increased. The quantity of fish we catch? Not so much. This discrepancy indicates that globally, we could manage our fishing activities a bit better.

Dec 20, 2019 | 2 min read
Mindfulness yoga relieves anxiety and depression for Parkinson’s patients

One out of every two patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) experience anxiety and depressive symptoms. Our study unraveled that mindfulness yoga that teaches mindfulness, along with physical training, appears to be well suited for stress and symptom management for PD patients.

Dec 20, 2019 | 3 min read