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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:

Our ancestors in Africa ate roasted root vegetables 170 thousand years ago

We report evidence for the cooking and sharing of root vegetables by early humans from at least 170,000 years ago. Charred Hypoxis rhizomes from Border Cave, South Africa, were identified by comparing the anatomy of ancient and modern rhizomes. Hypoxis occurs widely in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sep 15, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Our Unfolding Happiness

Would you be happier without antibiotics, functional plumbing, and a car? What if you had never heard about these things in the first place? Might you be happier then?

Sep 11, 2020 | 4 min read
Exploding bits of Bennu: adventures in asteroid exploration

The NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft encountered many surprises while exploring asteroid Bennu. This asteroid is ejecting particles into space, leading to unexpected science results. With no risk to the satellite, the team is on track to collect and return a sample from this intriguing asteroid.

Sep 4, 2020 | 4 min read
A soil bacterium unmasks a human enzyme

We now know the human genome and, with it, most of the proteins we make, but we don't know what a good number of these proteins do. Thanks to a social soil bacterium and studying how it responds to light, we have now identified the human protein needed to make a special class of abundant, yet enigmatic, lipids that are important in human biology and health.

Sep 3, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Enabling a hydrogen-fueled future

Hydrogen embrittlement is an obstacle for using metals in hydrogen fuel technologies. We found the origin of this effect by using a customized state-of-the-art microscope to directly observe hydrogen at both defects and an incoherent interface between internal carbides and the surrounding steel.

Sep 1, 2020 | 4.5 min read
The "reasonable irrationality" principle

Throughout history, humans have searched for ways to improve their decisions. The idea of sound judgment attracted philosophers, economists, lawyers and counselling psychologists. Understanding sound decision-making is fundamental to our lives, as our financial decisions, the legal system, general well-being and even sports depend on it.

Aug 26, 2020 | 3.5 min read