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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:

Making non-magnetic photons feel a taste for magnetism

Photons are intrinsically chargeless and non-magnetic. Using intrinsic properties of photons and a straightforward structure, we have created “synthetic dimensions” in which such photons behave like electrons, responding to magnetic fields as if they were carrying a charge. The strength of these magnetic field effects can be easily and precisely controlled at will.

Oct 19, 2020 | 3.5 min read
The solid which conducts heat best

A phonon is a quantum of atomic vibrations. According to quantum mechanics, these phonons are what allow heat to travel in any solid medium. The capacity of solids to conduct heat is extremely variable. We identify a stack of graphene sheets as the best-known conductor of heat at room temperature, thanks to carbon atoms' ability to vibrate fast combined to other mysterious properties of a honeycomb lattice.

Oct 15, 2020 | 3 min read
Tumor infiltrating immune cells predict patient outcomes

Tumor infiltration of a certain immune cell, a CD8 T-cell, is known to predict patient outcomes in many cancers, and we found that this same parameter predicts disease-free survival in kidney cancer patients. Our results suggest that these cells are maintained by stem-like cells that reside in densely populated immune outposts inside tumors.

Oct 14, 2020 | 3 min read
Help or harm? How immune cells of the brain balance the immune response

An immune response is the body’s way of limiting damage and paving the way for repair. Specialized cells kill harmful invaders, clean up damaged tissue, and contribute to healing. A particularly important immune cell type in fulfilling these responsibilities is the macrophage.

Oct 7, 2020 | 3.5 min read
A prehistoric seawall to combat Mediterranean Sea-level rise

We summarize a recently published study describing and discussing a now-submerged seawall constructed some 7000 years ago by Neolithic villagers on the Mediterranean coast of northern Israel. It was built to protect the village against the rising sea. Their attempt was unsuccessful, and eventually, they were forced to abandon their home.

Oct 6, 2020 | 4 min read
A natural close-up of a pierced galaxy 18 billion light-years away

Something has poked a hole in the interstellar gas in a distant galaxy. This allows us the first ever direct view of what young, massive stars look like in far-ultraviolet light – and thanks to a natural, cosmic lens, the whole thing is magnified hundredfold and shown in 12 copies.

Oct 1, 2020 | 3.5 min read