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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 119 Breaks:

BioBits™: Making Hands-on Biology Experiences Accessible for Everyone

With low-cost protein expression technology, we developed cheap and easy-to-use kits to teach molecular biology lessons, allowing access to hands-on biology activities for low-resource classrooms.

Feb 22, 2019 | 3.5 min read
DNA G-Quadruplexes: ‘knot’ that simple!

Known as the ‘molecule of life’, DNA is found in every cell in our body, providing a set of instructions for the function and organization throughout our bodies. DNA’s knot-like structures have been fascinating scientists across diverse disciplines since their presence or absence can ‘turn on’ or ‘turn off’ the instructions in DNA.

Feb 20, 2019 | 3.5 min read
What can citrus teach us about fluid dispersal?

Technology has enabled the productions of small-scale fluid jets with precision nozzles and pumps, and pressurized tanks. These can be cumbersome, but nature provides an alternative for fluid dispersal by way of citrus fruit.

Feb 6, 2019 | 4 min read
Infants distinguish between leaders and bullies

Leaders and bullies! When do we start to distinguish between a power based on fear and coercion and a power based on mutual respect? It seems that infants already hold important expectations about how interactions between dominants and subordinates might unfold.

Feb 1, 2019 | 4 min read
The conundrum of spontaneous (un)cooperation in pine sawflies

Would you puke to save your group? The dramatic group defence of the common pine sawfly (Diprion pini) larvae can help us understand why individuals do not always use their full potential to cooperate with others. Our study suggests that interactions between species determine how costly it is to cooperate.

Jan 25, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Past ice, future ice

We use intricate models to predict the future of Earth’s climate, and an important component of our climate system is the Greenland Ice Sheet. We are investigating the past behavior of this ice and have learned more about its sensitivity to changes in climate through time, which can help tune our models to be as accurate as possible.

Jan 23, 2019 | 4 min read