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:
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
The taste for human sweat
Mosquitoes transmit diseases due to their attraction to humans. Here we discuss our paper where we show that mosquitoes lacking a particular receptor, do not sense lactic acid, a component of sweat and have their attraction to humans reduced by half.Nov 4, 2019 | 3 min read
Regime Change at Jakobshavn
Observations by NASA of Greenland’s biggest glacier and largest contributor to sea-level rise reveal how vulnerable the ice sheets can be to changes in ocean temperatures, with implications for their future ice loss to the ocean.Nov 1, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Ancient feasts drew people and animals from across Neolithic Britain
Biomolecular analysis of pig remains from the Stonehenge complex and other monuments have demonstrated that people and animals from across Neolithic Britain came to Wessex for vast feasting events. These were probably the builders of the Stonehenge.Oct 30, 2019 | 4 min read