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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.

Massimo is the editor of 318 Breaks:

The escape of the Sun’s fraternal twin

Many stars are in binary systems, where the two companion stars orbit each other. New evidence indicates that these binary systems and indeed all stars likely formed in pairs, but that many of these pairs were lost over time. Based on this result, the Sun should have formed with a companion star. This fraternal twin would have separated billions of years ago and is now lost among the stars.

May 8, 2018 | 3.5 min read
Exercise helps restore aged muscles

With age, our muscles gradually lose their energy and strength. The decreased amount of proteins in mitochondria, the power plants of cells, seems to be responsible for that. However, exercise could help in bringing back the energy, restoring the protein content and function of mitochondria in muscle cells.

Apr 20, 2018 | 3.5 min read
The fragrance of plants: how their perfume pervades the air

It’s spring and the smell of flowers spreads through the air. What we perceive as “smell” are chemical compounds also called “volatiles” which are characteristic of each and every flower. But how do plants release their pleasant fragrances so that pollinators (and us) may perceive them?

Apr 18, 2018 | 3.5 min read
Obesity: The heavyweight of cancer

While it is widely known that cigarettes can lead to lung cancer development, other factors may pose similar hazards with even more resonance. One of them is obesity. Being overweight, in fact, may lead to cancer development, but also to its spread to other parts of the body.

Apr 12, 2018 | 4 min read
Studies of the bugs within: telling sickness from cure

Gut microbiota, the bacterial communities that live inside our bodies, more and more appear to be related to our well-being. A major challenge for modern medicine, especially in regard to the role of “our” bacterial communities, is telling apart what is a cause of a disease and what is an effect of how we treat it.

Mar 20, 2018 | 4 min read
For polar bears the cost of living is rising

A thorough field study performed in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, shows that polar bears are experiencing increased difficulty in keeping pace with global warming.

Mar 13, 2018 | 4 min read