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With a degree in molecular biology and one in digital communications, Massimo is constantly on a mission to inspire scientists and laypeople around him with his passion for science. Head of TheScienceBreaker, he proudly chases his naïve dream of an engaged society where science and technology are part of the solution to the challenges ahead of human civilization.
Massimo is the editor of 332 Breaks:
More droughts, more war?
Historically, violent conflicts tend to predominantly erupt in bad years, when droughts, floods, or heatwaves put the functioning of societies to the test. Does this mean that violent conflicts will become more frequent as extreme weather becomes increasingly common, globally, because of climate change?Dec 14, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Mosquito travel diaries: destinations, routes, stowaways, and … cost
Half the world's population is at risk of illness or death from malaria, dengue, and other mosquito-borne diseases. This study shows that mosquitos are able to travel hundreds of kilometers- far longer than previously expected- forcing us to rethink how mosquitoes and pathogens travel.Dec 10, 2020 | 4 min read
A contributing gene for cannabis dependence
Individual variations in our genetic material contribute to more than we imagined and may combine with age and sex to influence how someone responds to drugs of abuse. Our results show that our genes might affect how much an individual likes marijuana due to underlying differences in reward regions of the brain.Dec 8, 2020 | 3 min read
Corals display bright colours to fight bleaching
Stressful conditions do not always render reef corals white. We found that mild or brief exposure of corals to heat stress or to unfavourable nutrient conditions does not only cause the loss of the vital symbiont alga but also switches on an optical feedback loop that results in a dazzling display of coral colours. The enhanced pigmentation is thought to help the corals to recover.Dec 3, 2020 | 4 min read
What causes an Ice Age to end?
Ice-age cycles define the major climate features of Earth's geologically recent past. Combining information from caves, deep-ocean sediments, and astronomical calculations can help unravel when and why these cycles occur.Dec 1, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Charting the immune landscape in brain cancers
The brain is one of the most complex organs of the human body. For a long time, it was thought that the brain is hermetically sheltered from entry by invaders, including our body's white blood cells. The discovery that different brain cancers contain quite distinct landscapes of immune cells may help us better understand their development and devise novel and effective therapeutic strategies.Nov 27, 2020 | 4 min read