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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 321 Breaks:

Snakes in Decline: Not as Good as You May Think

Snakes are essential parts of their ecosystem. Even if they are not well-liked, they can indicate what is happening for other species. Amphibian declines have led to a collapse of the ecosystem, using snakes as a model animal. The loss of snakes from nature is far worse for the environment than anticipated and may even encourage people to conserve them.

Nov 2, 2020 | 3.5 min read
A newly discovered (microscopic) global source of methane

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Recent studies challenge the dogma that biogenic methane is produced solely in the absence of oxygen. Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) are photosynthetic microbes that are found in all illuminated environments on Earth and produce half the oxygen we breathe. We show that Cyanobacteria produce methane with potential significance to global climate.

Oct 30, 2020 | 3.5 min read
A match made in heaven: Stacking two solar cells boosts their efficiency

Metal halide perovskites improve the efficiency of silicon solar cells by 30%.

Oct 29, 2020 | 3.5 min read
How lab-grown blood vessels can help us understand malaria

Our body has a vast amount of small blood vessels that deliver and take away wastes. These small blood vessels can clog in many diseases including malaria, causing tissue damage and organ failure. We report a breakthrough in developing a lab-grown model of the tiniest blood vessels. This model will help study different diseases, and seek better treatment options for clogged microcirculation.

Oct 28, 2020 | 3.5 min read
The role of maternal malnutrition on Zika virus congenital effects

The congenital Zika syndrome is a set of birth disabilities caused by Zika virus infection during gestation. However, not all infected mothers transmit the virus to their babies. Does any environmental factor increase susceptibility? Here we explore whether protein deficiency in the maternal diet enhances the detrimental effects of ZIKV infection in early development.

Oct 27, 2020 | 3 min read
Distinctive stone tools reveal Siberian Neanderthals originated in eastern Europe

Neanderthals once inhabited Eurasia, but the geographical origin and time of arrival of the easternmost populations in southern Siberia remain open questions. Distinctive stone tools found at Chagyrskaya Cave reveal at least two separate dispersals of Neanderthals into this region, with the most recent incursion about 60,000 years ago originating in eastern Europe—a journey of more than 3,000 km.

Oct 26, 2020 | 3.5 min read