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:
'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
Is prison the answer to preventing violence?
Violence is a serious public health problem. Prison is often the response to preventing violence, but it's unclear how much it achieves this goal. In our study, we use a novel research design to compare people convicted of a violent crime, sentenced to either prison or probation. Our results show that prison is an ineffective long-term solution to violence prevention.Dec 19, 2019 | 3.5 min read
The busy life of urban bees: a conservation opportunity
Pollinating insects such as bees and hoverflies provide a vital service for many wild flowers and crops. However, there are growing concerns about their declines. Here I discuss findings from a study in four UK cities that shows which parts of cities are better for pollinators and how urban management can be changed to improve cities.Dec 17, 2019 | 3.5 min read
The social life of a fish shoal in ancient times
Groups of living animals show beautiful patterns of collective behaviors. This must also be true for extinct organisms. We analyzed the fossilized fish group to infer behavioral rules for coordinated collective motions of extinct animals.Dec 16, 2019 | 3.5 min read