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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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NGF and stress

Enrico Alleva

April 9, 2014 - 3 pm

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Via Bonomea, 265 - Trieste

Universal syllables

Languages are learned, it's true, but are there also innate bases in the structure of language that precede experience? Linguists have noticed that, despite the huge variability of human languages, there are some preferences in the sound of words that can be found across languages.

So they wonder whether this reflects the existence of a universal, innate biological basis of language. A SISSA study provides evidence to support to this hypothesis, demonstrating that certain preferences in the sound of words are already active in newborn infants.

One gene, many tissues

A map of how genes vary in biological tissues: a huge project that required the collaboration of dozens of laboratories worldwide, including the Neurogenomics Laboratory of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste.

This is the result of a study just published in Nature by the FANTOM consortium (and signed by over two hundred authors). It is only the first of a series of more specific papers that will focus on how the single genes work in each type of tissue.

Simple, like a neutron star

For astrophysicists neutron stars are extremely complex astronomical objects. Research conducted with the collaboration of SISSA and published in the journal Physical Review Letters demonstrates that in certain respects these stars can instead be described very simply and that they show similarities with black holes.

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Like being inside a star

What happens to hydrogen when it is subjected to the same pressures as reached inside a planet? Scientists from SISSA simulated this situation to verify if and when hydrogen becomes "metallic". The paper has been published in the journal Nature Communications.

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It looks like rubber but isn’t

Researchers at SISSA are developing fast and efficient numerical methods to study the behaviour of molecules and materials. The latest work by Angelo Rosa, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, simulated the behaviour of concentrated solutions of "circular" polymers, providing a far more accurate description of the behaviour of these materials than available in the past.

(Not too) few but capable

Small changes in a population may lead to dramatic consequences, like the disappearance of the migratory route of a species. A study carried out in collaboration with the SISSA has created a model of the behaviour of a group of individuals on the move (like a school of fish, a herd of sheep or a flock of birds, etc.) which, by changing a few simple parameters, reproduces the collective behaviour patterns observed in the wild.

Male, stressed, and poorly social

Stressed males tend to become more self-centred and less able to distinguish their own emotions and intentions from those of other people. For women the exact opposite is true. This is the main finding of a study just published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, carried out with the collaboration of SISSA in Trieste.

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Bats use maps

Nachum Ulanovsky

March 31, 2014 - 12 am

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Via Bonomea, 265 - Trieste

Studying the echolocation mechanisms of bats, scientists have discovered how two- and three-dimensional spatial maps are formed in their brain.

String Field Theory

SFT2014 Conference

July 28 - August 1,2014

SISSA - Room 128

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

The conference was devoted to the latest results in SFT as well as in related fields, such as higher spin theories and double field theory. It was the sixth in the series.

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Previous SFT conferences:

SCoNE 2014

July 21- August 1, 2014

SISSA, Big Meeting Room (7th floor)

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Social Cognitive Neuroscience is an emerging field with an interdisciplinary vision on human behavior in a social context. This perspective, built on the confluence of neurological, cognitive, and social sciences, addresses fundamental questions about the interaction between the mind/brain and the social world.

The pain of social exclusion

The distress caused by social stimuli (e.g., losing a friend, experiencing an injustice or more in general when a social bond is threatened) activates brain circuits related to physical pain: as observed in a study conducted by SISSA, this also applies when we experience this type of pain vicariously as an empathic response (when we see somebody else experiencing it).


July 14-25, 2014

SISSA, Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

The School aims to provide practical and theoretical training on the application of a large spectrum of techniques to neurobiology. The course will be divided into 2 sessions: a morning session with tutorial lectures and afternoon sessions with hands-on practicals.



Informare sulle staminali

14 marzo 2014

SISSA, Aula Magna

Via Bonomea, 265, Trieste

Il 14 marzo si è tenuta alla SISSA una conferenza aperta agli studenti delle scuole superiori e ai cittadini, con lo scopo di stimolare "apprendimento, confronto e discussione" sul tema della ricerca medica sulle staminali e delle sue applicazioni terapeutiche. La conferenza è stata l'evento regionale previsto nell'ambito della manifestazione nazionale UniStem Day che si è svolta lo stesso giorno in una quarantina di atenei italiani.

Gioco, cinema e scienza

Il Laboratorio Interdisciplinare della SISSA organizza una serie di incontri pubblici per raccontare l'intersezione fra la scienza, l'arte e il gioco. Gli appuntamenti si svolgeranno fra la sede della SISSA e il Caffè San Marco a Trieste.

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Il Comune di Trieste sostiene la SISSA

Una borsa di studio da 3mila euro ogni anno per i prossimi tre anni: questo il contributo offerto dal Comune di Trieste al Master in Comunicazione della Scienza (MCS) "Franco Prattico" della Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA). Un'azione importante per sostenere la diffusione del sapere scientifico e la Trieste scientifica.

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La settimana del cervello a Trieste

Dal 10 al 15 marzo torna la "Settimana del Cervello", l'evento mondiale per raccontare al pubblico la ricerca scientifica sul cervello. Caffè scientifici, conferenze, mostre, giochi: questa è la ricca offerta di appuntamenti dell'edizione triestina della manifestazione, quest'anno coordinata dal Laboratorio Interdisciplinare della SISSA di Trieste.

La vita di Majorana sul “palco” della SISSA

21 febbraio 2014 - ore 17.00

SISSA – Aula Magna

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Anche quest'anno si è svolto alla SISSA il "Progetto teatro", promosso dalla scuola media Guido Corsi di Trieste. "La scomparsa di Majorana", spettacolo tratto dal testo di Leonardo Sciascia, è stato rappresentato dagli studenti della scuola media con l'aiuto di alcuni giovani ricercatori della SISSA, il 21 febbraio, nell'Aula Magna della Scuola.


GAeL, Géométrie Algébrique en Liberté, is a conference organised by and for researchers in Algebraic Geometry at the beginning of their scientific career. The conference gives PhD students and post-docs the opportunity to lecture, often for the first time, in front of an international audience. In addition, selected international experts deliver mini-courses on topics at the cutting-edge of important new developments in Algebraic Geometry.  This year the conference will be held in Trieste, at the International School for Advanced Studies, SISSA (June 23-27, 2014). 




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