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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:

Ancient water harvesting practices can help solve modern problems

Ancient inhabitants worldwide have coped with seasonal rains, and flashy river flows by ‘sowing water’ during rainy seasons and ‘harvesting’ it during dry periods. We found that upscaling such a system developed by pre-Inca cultures in Peru can contribute to solving the ongoing water stress of arid coastal cities.

Feb 14, 2020 | 4 min read
Humans are affecting the evolution of animals and plants

Species on Earth are interconnected to each other through ecological interactions. Human activities can erode those connections, leading to the loss of millions of years of evolutionary history, with unknown consequences for ecosystems’ functioning.

Feb 13, 2020 | 3 min read
A connected ocean: drifting fish larvae bind nations' marine territories

Ocean currents carry fish in the early stages of their life cycle across international boundaries. As a result, international cooperation is crucial to maintaining marine fisheries sustainably.

Feb 12, 2020 | 3.5 min read
How machine intelligence helps in translating the neural code

What happens when visually responsive neurons in the primate brain are allowed to interact with artificial neural networks that generate images?

Feb 11, 2020 | 4 min read
Tracing the Ancestral Roots of Neandertals

We recovered DNA from two 120,000-year-old Neandertal bones discovered in Europe. All later Neandertals trace at least part of their ancestry to these early European Neandertals. Yet, additional ancestry from an unknown population hints at a mysterious event deeper in Neandertal history.

Feb 5, 2020 | 3 min read
Microraptor and Indrasaurus: food for thought

Flying is hard. To achieve such an endeavor, bird digestion must be super-efficient, with many of them regurgitating pellets like owls. The flying dromaeosaur Microraptor lacked this ability. Stomach contents are rare in fossils, but this new Microraptor preserves a new species of lizard, Indrasaurus.

Jan 31, 2020 | 3.5 min read