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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 71 Breaks:

The Poisoned Oasis: Neonicotinoid Spillover Harms Bees Near Corn

The by-effects of insecticides are a threat for pollinators and, in turn, for healthy ecosystems. The analysis of their impacts can lead to beneficial solutions, supporting simultaneously the environment and agricultural needs.

Jul 5, 2018 | 4 min read
The unexpected partner(s): a billion viruses

What constitutes a human body? What is it that makes your body, your own? With our research, we begin to break down the human body to investigate the smallest microbial entity residing within it, bacterial viruses, and describe their interactions with human cells.

Jun 28, 2018 | 4 min read
The breathing and fate of a rock slope

Sliding and collapses of rock slopes may represent a potential threat for infrastructure and populations living nearby. Measuring their movements and understanding their dynamics can reveal crucial information for assessing risk and prevent devastating events.

Jun 26, 2018 | 3 min read
Big changes ahead for Antarctica’s plants and animals

Antarctica’s ice-free areas, home to nearly all the continents flora and fauna, are set to transform dramatically with climate change, which could mean big changes for these species.

Jun 21, 2018 | 3 min read
Probing the evolution of photosynthetic life on the early Earth

Plants are able to gather energy from the sun thanks to an evolutionary partnership between photosynthetic bacteria and early living organisms. It is commonly assumed that this took place more than a billion years ago within the ancient ocean, but molecular biology sheds new light on this key event in early Earth evolution.

Jun 19, 2018 | 3 min read
Environmental sustainability of nationally recommended diets

We are what we eat – similarly, our environment depends more and more on our choices for our daily menu. National recommended diets are intended to provide us with healthier food habits. However, are those diet more environmentally sustainable than nation’s average diets?

Jun 14, 2018 | 3 min read