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A special issue of Cortex coordinated by SISSA

Social cognitive neuroscience is a relatively young but promising field that stems from the encounter between cognitive neuroscience and social cognition studies. The journal Cortex is devoting a whole issue to the subject (available online on August 1 and in print on September 1), which has been coordinated by SISSA and the University of Oxford.

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Social Groups and Emotions

The semantic representation of social groups involves areas of the brain associated with processing emotions. So says a study at SISSA in collaboration with the University of Trieste and the University Hospital of Udine which was published in the journal Cortex. 

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Cosmological “Lost” Lithium

In old stars there is too little Lithium – 7, a primordial isotope which was created along with the universe in the first 3 minutes, and scientists do not know why. There has even been some question of whether it was a problem of the big bang theory, the theoretical framework that explains much of what we know about our Universe. A team led by SISSA (in collaboration with INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, and The University of Padua) revisited this “lithium problem”.

Salute e ambiente: comunicare il rischio

26-28 ottobre 2015,


La SISSA organizza la “Scuola in comunicazione del rischio per la salute e per l’ambiente”. Il corso è rivolto a diversi e operatori dell’informazione e permette di accedere ai crediti formativi previsti per la formazione continua dei giornalisti. Le iscrizioni si effettuano online alla pagina e resteranno aperte fino al 28 settembre alle 12.00

The Ends Count Starting at Birth

The cognitive system encodes better the first and last syllables of words. Researchers at SISSA, in collaboration with Udine Hospital (Azienda Ospedaliera di Udine), have demonstrated for the first time that this cognitive mechanism is present from birth. The study was published in the scientific review Developmental Science.

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Nuovi docenti, più inglese e social media

Sono ancora aperte le iscrizioni al Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico” (MCS) della SISSA di Trieste per il nuovo biennio 2015-2017. Intanto emergono alcune importanti anticipazioni: prima fra queste la partecipazione dello scrittore Paolo Giordano e del giornalista britannico Andy Ridgway.  È inoltre previsto un aumento delle ore di lezione in inglese e di quelle dedicate all’approfondimento dei social media. Le iscrizioni alle selezioni resteranno aperte fino al 29 settembre 2015, alle 12.00.

RNA Springs

A group of scientists at SISSA proposes a quick alternative for predicting the internal dynamics of RNA molecules (how the different parts move in relation to each other). This simple solution, which uses beads and springs, provides similar results to other, more complex and expensive techniques for analyzing molecules that are currently in use. The study was published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research.

A new strategy against spinal cord injuries

Patients, doctors and researchers look with great expectations to epidural electrostimulation, a medical technique that could alleviate the condition of subjects affected by paralysis due to spinal cord injury. Although still relatively rudimentary, the technique is constantly being improved thanks to research.

Prion Protein Protects against Epilepsy

In the most systematic and rigorous study conducted thus far in its field, the Prion Protein ( PrPC ) was clearly shown to play a role in preventing the onset of epileptic seizures. PrPC is perhaps best known in its "degenerate" form, the prion, and an infectious agent behind dangerous neurodegenerative diseases such as Mad Cow Disease. SISSA contributed to the study, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports (Nature group).

The Artificial Enzyme that “Acts” Natural

Certain genetic diseases arise from a deficit of specific genes. An enzyme that amplifies gene transcription could be a viable therapy in these cases, as long as genes are not stimulated to work on the wrong part of the body. SISSA scientists have created synthetic "intelligent" enzymes which are able to differentiate between active and inactive genes and selectively stimulate the former ones.

Nuova edizione del Premio Bassoli

È uscito il nuovo bando del premio SISSA/INFN dedicato a Romeo Bassoli, inserito nel progetto “Memorie di scienza”. Il premio finanzia con 3mila euro il miglior progetto per la raccolta di interviste e testimonianze orali in ambito scientifico. Tema di quest’anno sono le malattie infettive.

One molecule at the time

June 25, 2015, 11 am

SISSA, “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall

The Peruvian-born biophysicist Carlos Bustamante has been awarded an honorary PhD by SISSA in Trieste for his innovative research and important contribution to our knowledge of the workings of biological systems through the development of molecular level investigation techniques. The ceremony will be held on 25 June at 11.00 am in the “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall of SISSA.

X-raying ion channels

The Nobel Prize winner Roderick MacKinnon suggested that ion channels (the pores on the cell membrane that regulate the exchange of ions between the inside and outside of cells) were like rigid tubes through which molecules of varying size move.

Superslippery islands (but then they get stuck)

It’s possible to vary (even dramatically) the sliding properties of atoms on a surface by changing the size and “compression” of their aggregates: an experimental and theoretical study conducted with the collaboration of SISSA, the Istituto Officina dei Materiali of the CNR (Iom-Cnr-Democritos), ICTP in Trieste, the University of Padua, the University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, and the Istituto Nanoscienze of the CNR (Nano-Cnr) in Modena, has just been published in Nature Nanotechnology.

Neuroenhancement at the MACRO in Rome

22 June 2015, 4.30-7.00 pm

MACRO Museum

Via Nizza, 138, Rome

MCS sempre al top, anche per l’occupazione

In contemporanea con la pubblicazione dei dati sull’occupazione del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico” della SISSA di Trieste, si aprono le iscrizioni al nuovo anno accademico 2015-2016. In oltre vent’anni dalla fondazione, questa scuola continua a essere la migliore nel suo campo nel nostro paese, come testimonia l’output occupazionale, che vede oggi un’altissima percentuale di ex-studenti lavorare nel campo della comunicazione della scienza in Italia a all’estero.

The analogy that builds human thought

Only human beings (with rare exceptions) are able to grasp analogies. A study carried out in collaboration with SISSA has investigated the origin of this ability, which precedes linguistic ability and forms the basis of highly sophisticated reasoning. The study has been published in the journal Child Development.

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