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Massimo Caine

Founder and Director

About Massimo

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:

How to know slow slip events and anticipate future large earthquakes

To visualize the slow slip events on the plate boundary and the geological process that leads to future catastrophic earthquakes, we installed a "seafloor GNSS station".

Oct 22, 2020 | 3 min read
Where mind meets body: a master brain circuit for stress responses

We discovered in rats the long-sought brain circuit mechanism of "mind–body connection". This mechanism is critical for driving a variety of autonomic and behavioral responses when mammals undergo psychological stress. This new knowledge will be an essential basis for the future development of novel strategies for treating stress-related disorders.

Oct 21, 2020 | 4 min read
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