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:
Environmental change and fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds: what is the gap to bridge?
Environmental change will have a substantial negative impact on production and availability of several important components of a healthy diet. This study gives an overview of the "gap to bridge" to make sure our food system will provide us with healthy foods in the future - despite higher environmental pressure.Apr 3, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Leidenfrost reinvents the wheel
Placed on hot solids, water does not only levitate, but it also self-propels!Mar 27, 2019 | 3.5 min read
To See a World in a Grain of Interplanetary Dust
Interplanetary dust from comets contains surviving interstellar dust, the starting solids from which our Solar System formed. In some, we find evidence of the first aggregation of dust in a cold environment, the initial step in planet formation.Mar 22, 2019 | 4 min read
Norwegian IQ scores are falling – but genes are not to blame
After several decades of increasing IQ scores, the average score of Norwegian male conscripts began to decline with the birth cohorts born after 1975. Both the increase and decline, however, can be identified by comparing siblings with the same mother and father, ruling out genetic explanations.Mar 20, 2019 | 4 min read
Methane ice dunes on Pluto
Spotting features that looked like dunes on Pluto's surface proved the easy part of the research. Showing that the ridges only made sense if they had been blown by the wind was harder. But it was explaining how dunes could form on a world with almost no atmosphere that took time and a diverse range of expertise. We describe a world at once both familiar and very alien to our own.Mar 18, 2019 | 4 min read
A bacterium with the power of changing the course of Human history
Around 5,000 years ago, different Neolithic populations in Europe started to reduce in size and even disappear. The reasons for this decay are still largely discussed, but the process is known as the Neolithic Decline. We found pieces of evidence suggesting that infectious diseases, and precisely plague, may have played a role in this process.Mar 15, 2019 | 3.5 min read