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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 343 Breaks:

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
Storm Defense with Mangroves

Humans have been largely unsuccessful at protecting assets and economic activity against tropical cyclones. Mangrove forest conservation efforts could yield protection benefits from a coastal defense system that is already in place, cheap to maintain, and self-regenerating.

Nov 25, 2020 | 3 min read