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Symmetries in physics

On Wednesday 18 January 2017, Elena Castellani, science philosopher and writer of the University of Florence, will give a seminar on the historical and philosophical aspects of symmetries in physics. The talk will present the historical roots of the concept of symmetry and, then, will provide an overview of the intellectual debate on  this topic. It will highlight how the issues discussed relate to more traditional themes in the philosophy of science, such as the status of the laws of nature and, more generally, the relationships between mathematics, physical theory and the world.

Famelab 2017

Famelab is back on stage! Famelab is the international competition that challenges young scientists with a flair for communication to tell in just 3 minutes the object of their study, or a fascinating scientific topic. SISSA is one of the partners of the Trieste edition, that will take place on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at the Miela theatre from 9 a.m.. Famelab Trieste is organized by Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico in collaboration with AREA Science Park, Comune di Trieste, Università degli Studi di Trieste e Università degli Studi di Udine.

The smell of terroir

Our nose abilities are greater than we expected. In fact, our olfactory system allows us to distinguish two wines differing for grape variety and, even, for production geographical area, a feature defined terroir by experts. This is the evidence emerged from a new research, published in the journal Food quality and preference, carried out at SISSA by Francesco Foroni, now at the Australian Catholic University, together with other scientists led by SISSA neuroscientist Raffaella Rumiati and the collaboration of the University of Padua.

Supercomputers for super materials

SISSA is hosting the first of a series of meetings to discuss potential scenarios. To talk about the advancements and perspectives of this area, some of the top scientists in the field will be meeting on 10 and 11 January 2017

SISSA, un’eccellenza nella ricerca

La SISSA di Trieste tra le eccellenze della ricerca italiana. È questo il verdetto dell’Anvur, l’Agenzia di valutazione del sistema universitario e della ricerca, che ha reso nota ieri la classifica dei migliori atenei d’Italia nella Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca (VQR). La SISSA si piazza quarta a livello nazionale e prima università in tutta l’Italia settentrionale.

Beyond the Standard Model

Statistical analysis of mini-spiral galaxies shows an unexpected interaction between dark matter and ordinary matter. 

Double effort against Rett’s syndrome

Although our genes normally come in pairs (one on each homologous chromosome), sometimes one of them is missing and the “surviving” one is unable to do all the work (it is referred as "haploinsufficient"): this situation can give rise to very serious diseases. So what can be done to fight these, often neurological, diseases? One possible strategy has been successfully adopted by a SISSA research team, in vitro and  in vivo: using leading-edge techniques to stimulate the surviving gene to also do the work of the missing gene.

Social choices: follow one’s nose or eyes?

Psychologists and neuroscientists have thoroughly investigated olfactory behaviours in newborns and adults, but relatively little is known about the characteristics of the sense of smell during infancy and adolescence. In a study carried out by SISSA in collaboration with the Please Touch Museum of Philadelphia (an interactive science museum for children), over 150 children aged 3 to 11 years old took part in a simple experiment allowing investigators to trace the curve of visuo-olfactory integration.

Young, thin and hyperactive galaxies

The more massive, or full of stars, a galaxy is, the faster the stars in it are formed. This seems to be the general rule, which is contradicted, however, by some abnormal cases, for example thin (not massive) galaxies that are hyperactive in their star formation. Until now the phenomenon had been explained by catastrophic external events like galaxies colliding and merging, but a new theory offers an alternative explanation, related to an in situ (internal) process of galaxy evolution.

“Adotta una tigre triestina”

Il Comune di Trieste ha scelto un progetto di citizen science per il monitoraggio della diffusione della zanzara tigre come vincitore della borsa offerta per il secondo anno consecutivo agli studenti del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico“ (MCS) della SISSA. Il premio, di 3mila euro, che nasce da un’intesa fra il Comune di Trieste e la SISSA, viene assegnato alla migliore idea per un’attività di comunicazione della scienza nelle scuole triestine. La premiazione si svolgerà il 16 dicembre presso la Big Meeting Room (7° piano) della SISSA a partire dalle 10.30.

Alessandro Laio elected president of CECAM

Atomistic and molecular simulations are one of the pillars of scientific research. By exploiting  new algorithms and computational methods, computer simulations allow us to study the behavior of inorganic and living matter and stimulate progress in  experimental sciences. CECAM is a center of excellence in this area, which includes first-rate institutions across Europe. Alessandro Laio, professor at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste was elected President on 24 November during an official meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Un benvenuto ai cervelli da tutto il mondo

Il Welcome Day della Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste, che quest’anno si è tenuto il 1 dicembre, è la giornata che ogni anno la Scuola dedica ad accogliere i nuovi studenti, quelli che si apprestano a iniziare qui il loro primo anno di dottorato. È anche un momento per riflettere sul ruolo di questa Scuola, che porta l’aggettivo “Internazionale” nel suo stesso nome.

Seminars on History of Science at SISSA

Starting on November 23 at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, there will be a series of monthly meetings dedicated to the history of science. Big names from Italy and abroad will take turns telling the story until next May. The first talk will be held by Malcolm Longair, renowned Theoretical Physicist and former Director of Cavendish Laboratory, a "sacred" place in the history of modern physics. Longair’s talk dedicated to James Clerk Maxwell,  founder of the Theory of Electromagnetism, will be held onWednesday, November 23, at 3:00pm.

SISSA Welcome Day 2016

1 December 2016, 9.30-1.00 pm

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Cone or flask? shape detects confinement

In physics, confinement of particles is such an important phenomenon that the Clay Mathematics Institute has even pledged an award of a million dollars to anyone who can give a convincing and exhaustive scientific explanation from a mathematical point of view. For example, the quarks are confined in pairs or threes by the strong interaction- the force which holds the nuclei of the atoms together- making up neutrons and protons. A recent study at SISSA adds a new chapter to what we know about confinement.

Food Knowledge is Resilient

A SISSA research study published in a special issue of the journal Brain and Cognition, completely dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of food, analyzes the lexical-semantic deficits of the food category in patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. The study shows that knowledge about food is preserved more than other categories of stimuli, even in the case of severe syndromes. Further, perception of caloric intake affects a person’s ability to remember the name of a food; the higher the calories, the more knowledge is preserved.

PRIN: ottimi risultati dei ricercatori SISSA

Ancora una volta la SISSA si dimostra una Scuola “eccellente”: nelle selezioni del bando PRIN (Progetti di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale, assegnati dal Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca) per il 2015 la Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste ha ottenuto ottimi risultati, posizionandosi, in termini di  numero di progetti finanziati su progetti presentati, ai primi posti a livello nazionale. 

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