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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. At the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Massimo works for BiOutils – an academic and laboratory-based platform for outreach in life sciences.

Massimo is the editor of 269 Breaks:

Climatic Changes for Earths in Sun-like Stellar Binaries

Climate cycles are influenced by the changes in a planet's axial tilt or obliquity. Stellar binary companions can alter a planet's obliquity quite substantially through gravitational tugs. The climate on an Earth twin orbiting Alpha Centauri B is especially vulnerable to large changes in obliquity, and a large moon doesn't help. Telescopes could soon identify the spin and tilt of nearby planets.

Jun 29, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Groundwater pumping poses worldwide threat to riverine ecosystems

We pump too much water out of the ground, impacting our rivers worldwide. Our study estimates that almost 20% of the catchments where groundwater is pumped for drinking water or to grow food suffer from low flows - too low to sustain healthy freshwater ecosystems. This number is expected to increase to 50% by 2050.

Jun 25, 2020 | 3 min read
Treating Alzheimer's disease with a known anticoagulant: insights from lab mice

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder with vascular alterations such as reduced brain blood flow. Treatment with a direct oral anticoagulant available in the market delays the onset of AD in mice: animals did not show memory loss or decreased cerebral circulation, and they presented reduced brain inflammation, vascular damage, and decreased amyloid deposits, typical signs of AD.

Jun 23, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Are students learning as much as they think they are? The dangers of fluent lectures

We have all experienced amazing teachers who lecture clearly and smoothly. Even if we are just listening and taking notes, it feels like we learn a lot from these superstar lecturers. But a Harvard study finds that this “feeling of learning” can be deceptive. Students will learn more if they are actively engaged in the classroom, even though they might feel like they are learning less.

Jun 22, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Of pig-tails and palm oil: How rat-eating macaques increase oil palm sustainability

Conversion of tropical forests into agriculture reduces wildlife habitats and leads to biodiversity losses and human-wildlife conflicts. Here, we present an example of how it is possible to enhance sustainable plantation management and create a win-win situation for oil palm planters and biodiversity.

Jun 19, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Pliocene sea level snapshots

Geological evidence from a Mallorcan coastal cave in the western Mediterranean Sea shed new light on past sea level. The results indicate that sea level was up to 16 m higher than present during a time when the Earth was 2-3 degrees warmer than the pre-industrial era. These findings have significant implications for predicting the pace of current-day sea level rise.

Jun 18, 2020 | 2.5 min read