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 329 Breaks:
The body-language of the elephant trunk
The elephant trunk functions as a muscular hydrostat: it can achieve elaborate movements without the support of any bone. Elephants have evolved unique biomechanical strategies to manage the complexity of this organ. Its 3D trajectories are composed of basic elements of torsion, curvature and elongation (motion primitives), emerging from the orchestrated actions of antagonist muscle groups.Aug 23, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Relationship partners are valued by the brain region that also values other goods
All of us value some friends more than others, and tend to value partners who display signs of commitment to their relationships. This study revealed that this relationship valuation process is executed by the orbitofrontal cortex: a brain region responsible for valuing other goods, such as food and money.Aug 3, 2021 | 3 min read
A missing ingredient in dark matter theories?
Recent observations of 11 galaxy clusters reveal that cluster galaxies produce ten times more gravitational lensing effects than expected from cosmological simulations. This suggests that they have dark matter halos more compact and massive than predicted in the standard cosmological model.Mar 31, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Shining a light on first contact in tuberculosis
‘First contact’ with M. tuberculosis bacteria occurs in the deep lung, making early tuberculosis difficult to study. A lung-on-chip model recreates this environment on a platform that allows direct visualization of these early interactions. Together, they reveal that pulmonary surfactant, a substance secreted by non-immune lung cells that facilitates breathing, slows or even halts bacterial growthMar 30, 2021 | 3.5 min read
What’s the point?
Perhaps the most familiar gesture in ordinary communication is index-finger pointing. It exists in every culture, and yet we do not know where it originates. In our studies we found evidence that pointing gestures likely emerge from touch.Mar 8, 2021 | 4 min read
7000 years of the peopling of present-day France revealed by paleogenomics
A large genomic study reveals ancient demographic events that accompanied the transition to agriculture and changes in metallurgic practices in France by analyzing 243 individuals from archaeological sites representing a 7,000-year time span, from the Mesolithic period (before the onset of agriculture) to the Iron Age.Dec 23, 2020 | 3.5 min read