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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:

Secrets of legless leapers revealed

Jumping insects are a familiar sight: Jumping by legless, wormlike larvae is altogether unexpected. We used high-speed imaging and scanning electron microscopy to reveal the physical mechanisms that enable the larvae of a secretive gall midge to propel themselves into the air and travel many body lengths in less than a second.

Jun 17, 2020 | 3.5 min read
How scientists communicate

Generic language emphasizes broad, timeless conclusions and glosses over variability. We found that generic language was widely used in a large sample of psychology journal articles and was interpreted as more important by readers than more specific language.

Jun 16, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Early chewing and swallowing

A 165 million-year-old mammalian skeleton from China with preserved tongue bones demonstrates that active muscle-powered swallowing originated much earlier in mammalian evolutionary history than anticipated. This was obviously linked to complex cheek teeth capable of efficient chewing.

Jun 11, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Why does biodiversity matter for agriculture?

Our study demonstrates the benefits of biodiversification for agriculture. In essence, agricultural fields with greater biodiversity are better protected from harmful insect pests, promote wild pollination, and produce higher yields.

Jun 10, 2020 | 3 min read
The life-span of SARS-CoV-2 in pediatric patients

Symptomatic COVID-19 cases in children are uncommon and their clinical course is relatively mild. In particular, infected children displayed non-specific lung findings on chest image studies, and rarely required respiratory support or ICU care. Notably, some pediatric cases persistently test-positive on rectal swabs in addition to a positive nasopharyngeal test.

Jun 9, 2020 | 3.5 min read
The proof of the pudding: Past sea-level change

A new record of past sea-level change for 3 million years ago when the global climate was 2 degrees warmer and the implications for ice sheet response in the current warming climate.

Jun 8, 2020 | 3.5 min read