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:
How to fight climate change? Let forests grow
While enthusiasm grows for reforestation as a tool for combatting climate change, we lacked information about how fast or slow new forests across the globe could capture carbon dioxide. So we created a first-of-its-kind map of potential carbon capture from natural forest regrowth for every square kilometer of the planet.Sep 6, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Tidings from Before the Flood: how Artificial Intelligence Rediscovers Ancient Babylonian Texts
Texts written in cuneiform, the first writing system in the world, hold much information on the cultures of ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. However, many of the clay tablets on which the texts were written are broken and fragmented. For this reason, we developed an artificial intelligence model to reconstruct the gaps in these ancient texts.Sep 1, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Mild or severe COVID-19? An antibody story
The effects of COVID-19 in humans are highly variable, with symptoms ranging from none to those severe enough to require intubation and intensive care. Our study identified that immune cells responding to the viral infection (seen in patients with mild-moderate symptoms) are systemically absent in severe patients, and their blood contain auto antibodies that prevent the production of these cells.Aug 30, 2021 | 3.5 min read
The body-language of the elephant trunk
The elephant trunk functions as a muscular hydrostat: it can achieve elaborate movements without the support of any bone. Elephants have evolved unique biomechanical strategies to manage the complexity of this organ. Its 3D trajectories are composed of basic elements of torsion, curvature and elongation (motion primitives), emerging from the orchestrated actions of antagonist muscle groups.Aug 23, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Relationship partners are valued by the brain region that also values other goods
All of us value some friends more than others, and tend to value partners who display signs of commitment to their relationships. This study revealed that this relationship valuation process is executed by the orbitofrontal cortex: a brain region responsible for valuing other goods, such as food and money.Aug 3, 2021 | 3 min read
A missing ingredient in dark matter theories?
Recent observations of 11 galaxy clusters reveal that cluster galaxies produce ten times more gravitational lensing effects than expected from cosmological simulations. This suggests that they have dark matter halos more compact and massive than predicted in the standard cosmological model.Mar 31, 2021 | 3.5 min read