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Studiare i gemelli per capire il pregiudizio

Il pregiudizio verso le altre etnie ha basi culturali, ma anche componenti innate. Comprendere questi aspetti ereditari, meno studiati dei primi, è importante per contrastare il fenomeno e migliorare l’integrazione sociale. Parte fra pochi giorni uno studio della SISSA di Trieste in collaborazione con l’Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) di Roma, che studierà le componenti innate del pregiudizio nei gemelli.

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Gestures that speak

When you gesticulate you don’t just add a “note of colour” that makes your speech more pleasant: you convey information on sentence structure and make your meanings clearer. A study carried out at SISSA in Trieste demonstrates that gestures and “prosody” (the intonation and rhythm of spoken language) form a single “communication system” at the cognitive level, and that we speak using our “whole body” and not only our vocal tract.

Iscrizioni ancora aperte per MHPC

Ancora aperte le iscrizioni al Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) organizzato da SISSA e ICTP. Grande l’attenzione posta dagli organizzatori verso le candidature di studenti regionali. Per presentare questa opportunità  ai giovani studenti FVG verranno infatti organizzati incontri nelle università e negli istituti di ricerca regionali, dove i docenti spiegheranno le finalità del master e le allettanti prospettive occupazionali.

Lezioni di Data Journalism alla SISSA

Il giornalismo è entrato nell'era dei dati: statistiche, data mining, infografiche richiedono competenze che oggi devono fare parte del curriculum del reporter. La preparazione richiesta per queste attività non sempre però entra nella formazione classica del giornalista, per questo motivo il Master in Comunicazione della Scienza della SISSA di Trieste organizza la Scuola Estiva di Data Journalism, che si terrà a Trieste dal 17 al 19 settembre 2014. 

SISSA in Festa 2014

Venerdì 13 giugno la SISSA ha celebrato una giornata di festa e incontro con tutta la cittadinanza. Il tema di SISSA IN FESTA 2014 è stato Luce Scienza Arte, ed è stato presentato con mostre, laboratori, demonstration, conferenze, eventi e un concerto.

Al mattino, le attività sono state riservate al personale della SISSA e alle loro famiglie.

All about prions

26 May, 5.30 pm

Revoltella Museum

via Diaz, 27, Trieste

Prion diseases are a class of encephalopathies that have very severe symptoms. The PRION conference, for the past 10 years the main meeting place for the world's leading experts in these neurodegenerative diseases, is being held in Trieste this year.

Altruism/egoism: a question of points of view

Sociality, cooperation and "prosocial" behaviours are the foundation of human society (and of the extraordinary development of our brain) and yet, taken individually, people often show huge variation in terms of altruism/egoism, both among individuals and in the same individual at different moments in time. What causes these differences in behaviour? An answer may be found by observing the activity of the brain, as was done by a group of researchers from SISSA in Trieste (in collaboration with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, HCI lab, of the University of Udine).

Gli istituti di ricerca FVG insieme per JuMBO

Quattro tra i maggiori istituti del Friuli Venezia Giulia danno il via al nuovo corso di PhD JuMBO, iniziativa di eccellenza e particolarmente innovativa nell'ambito della Biologia Molecolare.

Unified superconductors

Superconductors are promising materials, with applications ranging from medicine to transport. Unfortunately, though, their use is for the time being limited to the very low temperatures (close to absolute zero) necessary for superconductivity to occur.

Some materials, however, could be improved so as to obtain higher and energetically less "costly" critical temperatures. A team of researchers coordinated by SISSA investigated a class of conductors at high critical temperature, adding insight into the physics of these phenomena.

JCOM Masterclasses: only few days left to sign up

Only few days left to sign up to the JCOM Masterclasses. Four courses aimed at scientists, cultural managers, public sector and education professionals, architects, designers, journalists, museum workers and other specialists dealing with scientific/technological communication. These are the JCOM Masterclasses, top-level international training courses held by academics and professionals selected from among the greatest experts in the field.

Amazing crystalline helium

Sébastien Balibar

21 May 2014, 2.30 pm

SISSA – Main Lecture Hall

When looking for an answer to a problem we may come across a very different solution from what we expected and end up discovering new phenomena and expanding scientific knowledge.

That's what happened to Sébastien Balibar, director of research at the Statistical Physics Laboratory of the École Normale Supérieure of Paris, who was looking for a supersolid when he found "giant" plasticity. Balibar will tell us about these discoveries at the next SISSA colloquium, on May 21 at 2.30 pm.

The “rings” of the ribosome

Loren Williams

19 May 2014, 11.00 am

SISSA – Room 128

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Mapping the history of life by "peeling back" the layers of ribosome as if they were growth rings of a tree. This is the research focus of Loren Williams, a biologist from Georgia Tech (USA), who will be explaining his latest findings at a public lecture at SISSA.

In search of the origins of the Universe

One of the major challenges of astrophysics today is to trace the origin and earliest development of the Universe. Planck is one of the most important missions in this respect. Today about one hundred scientists are busy analyzing the picture of fossil radiation "taken" by the ESA Planck satellite.

Many of these researchers will be meeting on May 12 at SISSA in Trieste for the "Planck Joint Core Team" conference, to assess what has been discovered so far. The conference is organized by SISSA and INAF-OATS.

SISSA dedicates its Main Lecture Hall to Paolo Budinich

On May 6, the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste will be paying tribute to the physicist and SISSA founder Paolo Budinich, who died last November, by dedicating the School's Main Lecture Hall to him. The ceremony will take place at 12 noon.

Liquid spacetime

If spacetime were a fluid, it would have very low viscosity, just like a "superfluid". A study carried out jointly by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste and the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich shows how the "atoms" making up the fluid of spacetime should behave, according to models of quantum gravity.

A “SMART” spectrometer

Vincenzo Barone

8 May 2014, 3pm

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Via Bonomea 265 - Trieste

In order to study complex systems and compare the work of those who carry out empirical observations and those who do research using simulations we need new instruments.

At the origin of cell division

Movement and the ability to divide are two fundamental traits of living cells. The origin of these abilities could rely on very simple physical mechanisms, which have been simulated by scientists of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste in a study just published in Physical Review Letters.

Second thoughts on the second law

Elliot Lieb

June 17, 2014 - 3 pm

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Via Bonomea, 265 - Trieste

A public lecture at SISSA provides Elliott Lieb, professor of Mathematics and Physics at Princeton University, the opportunity to review the foundations of the second law of thermodynamics.

This is the physical law which introduces the concept of entropy of the Universe and establishes the direction of the flow of time. Lieb will offer the public his innovative point of view on this fundamental principle.

Technical tests of biodiversity

A team of physicists from SISSA and the Polytechnic University of Turin has developed and analysed a model that simulates the effect of migration on the genetic biodiversity of populations, and discovered that the effect is all but trivial.

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