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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. At the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Massimo works for BiOutils – an academic and laboratory-based platform for outreach in life sciences.

Massimo is the editor of 269 Breaks:

It's not just how the game is played - it's whether you win or lose

How much people's perceptions of inequality reflect the distribution of opportunities in society and how much they reflect people's own social position? We answer these questions by means of a novel experiment, based on a card game.

Mar 10, 2020 | 4 min read
A robotic capsule to explore the gastrointestinal tract

There are numerous debilitating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and these need to be accurately diagnosed before treatment. We developed a miniature robot equipped with ultrasound technology to navigate and take precise measurements deep inside the gastrointestinal tract.

Mar 4, 2020 | 3.5 min read
The genetic metabolic component of anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a deadly disorder marked by extremely low body weight, a fear of weight gain, and often an inability to appreciate the severity of the condition. Our results suggest that anorexia nervosa ought to be considered as a metabo-psychiatric condition prompted by both psychological and metabolic factors.

Feb 27, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Herring gulls approach food more quickly when you’re not looking

As humans continue to alter habitats, wildlife struggles for space. However, some wild animals are finding refuge in urban areas, where food is plentiful. One such species is the herring gull, which has a habit of feeding on sandwiches and ice creams. We suggest that people may counter this behaviour by exploiting this species' dislike of being watched.

Feb 25, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in East and West London public settings

High-frequency touched surfaces in public settings in London were found to have multidrug-resistant staphylococci. They pose a risk to public health as they can transfer their antibiotic-resistant genes to more severe infectious bacteria.

Feb 21, 2020 | 3.5 min read
The caterpillars who see through their skin to better blend in

Peppered moth caterpillars are masters of masquerade. They look and act like the twigs in their environment, even changing colour to create a closer likeness. Remarkably, they can still do this when blindfolded. This ability is suggestive of colour-sensitive visual machinery outside of the eye that allows larvae to stay camouflaged in rapidly changing environments.

Feb 20, 2020 | 3.5 min read