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Massimo Caine

Founder and Director

About Massimo

Harnessing his dual expertise in molecular biology and digital communications, Massimo is a steadfast advocate for science, striving to weave it into the fabric of everyday life. As the founder and editor-in-chief of TheScienceBreaker, he is not just chasing a dream, but actively building a reality where society and science walk hand-in-hand. His aspiration is not one of distant admiration, but of close collaboration: empowering every individual with scientific understanding and fostering a collective enthusiasm for discovery. His vision is one of unity, where society acknowledges the integral role of science and technology in shaping our shared future.

Massimo is the editor of 345 Breaks:

Hidden in plain sight: how an invisible ring in the sky uncovered a past cosmic collision

Sometimes, looking at things in a new way reveals brand-new secrets about it. By scanning the cosmos for light invisible to our eyes, the site of an ancient stellar collision was revealed by a large, mysterious ring in the sky. Its discovery provides us with a rare opportunity to study what happens after two stars collide to form one.

Sep 8, 2021 | 3.5 min read
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