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:
Silver-screen or starving? Predicting success in showbiz
Are parts in film and TV fairly allocated? How long will an actor or actresses good, or bad, luck last? Can we predict if my favourite actor is going to be more successful in the future or not? By studying the careers of 1,512,472 actors and 896,029 actresses, including careers stretching back to the birth of film in 1888, we unlock the secrets of the silver screen.Nov 25, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Long-dead dinosaurs support new life
Some researchers think that fossilized dinosaur bones can preserve ancient proteins and other soft tissues. Our recent work using a variety of methods failed to detect evidence for ancient protein but did discover a unique microbial community living within buried fossils.Nov 20, 2019 | 3 min read
Gotta recognize ‘em all! Using Pokémon to understand brain development
The human brain contains clusters of neurons in the visual cortex that help us recognize important objects, like faces and words. Surprisingly, these regions appear in the same place across brains, and despite several theories for why this may be, the origins of this shared brain organization are unknown.Nov 19, 2019 | 3.5 min read
A tiny shark from the ancient past of the United States
More than dinosaurs lived in North America during the Cretaceous, including a very small freshwater shark. The new species, named Galagadon, is a relative of modern day bamboo sharks, and possessed teeth only 1mm in size. Discoveries such as Galagadon help paleontologists to understand the ways that environmental change shaped modern ecosystems.Nov 15, 2019 | 4 min read
When were Denisovans and Neanderthals present in Eurasia?
Denisova Cave is an archaeological site in southern Siberia. Russian archaeologists have excavated it for over 30 years. It is the only site in the world we know to have been occupied by three different kinds of humans: Denisovans, Neanderthals, and us.Nov 13, 2019 | 4 min read
Human's impact on the behavior and cultural diversity of chimpanzees
Scientists rarely consider species’ behavioral diversity as a significant contributor to wildlife biodiversity. Challenging this view, we find that both behavioral and cultural diversity of wild chimpanzees are under threat from increasing anthropogenic impact.Nov 12, 2019 | 3.5 min read