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The geometry of RNA

To understand the function of an RNA molecule, similar to the better-known DNA and vital for cell metabolism, we need to know its three-dimensional structure. Unfortunately, establishing the shape of an RNA strand is anything but easy and often requires a combination of experimental techniques and computer-based simulations. Many computing methods are used but these are often complex and slow, and vary depending on the problem at hand.

EU-Russia: “Year of Science”

Russian and European scientists will gather in Trieste for a conference that will address ways to strengthen the “strategic partnership” between the European Union and Russia in the fields of basic and applied science and technological transfer, acknowledged at all levels as being the “prime driver” of economic and social development. The event is part of “2014, Year of Science” announced during the 2012 EU-Russia summit, and provides an forum for exchange that will lead to major research projects.

Avicenna’s lesson

6 November, 6.00 pm

Caffè Tommaseo

Piazza Nicolò Tommaseo, 4c, Trieste

“Possible Worlds and Will in Avicenna” is the title of the first meeting of the cycle “Science, literature and civic engagement” organized by the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of SISSA. Once a month, writers, scientists and scholars will meet the public to discuss different themes. The first appointment is with Sari Nusseibeh, professor of philosophy at Al Quds University in Jerusalem, who will talk about Avicenna, Persian scientist and among the greatest thinkers of all times.

How many “lives” on other planets?

5 November, 6.30 pm

Miela Theatre

Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi, 3, Trieste

The meeting “How many ‘lives’ on other planets? One, none or a hundred thousand”, a public event within the “EU-Russia Year of Science” conference, will explore what we know about the possibility of life in the Universe beyond our planet with the help of scientists. The round table will be followed, at 8.30 pm, by a screening of “District 9”, a visionary film set in a dystopian future where humans and aliens live together.

“Marat Sade”, the play, comes to SISSA

28 October, 6.30 pm

SISSA, “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Second appointment with the Trieste University Theatre Centre (CUT) at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste. Following the success of the “Merry Wives of Windsor”, now it’s the turn of “Marat Sade”, a play loosely based on the text by Peter Weiss “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”. Admission is free and open to the public.

MCA: ageing towards perfection

The call for applications is now open to this year’s Master in Complex Actions at SISSA (MCA), the course that trains students to face up to the challenges of the global markets by combining management skills with leading-edge science. This year’s challenge is the ageing of the world population: how best to deal with this new global scenario and turn a problem into a resource?

(Nano)bearings on the test bench

“Nano–machines” (around one billionth of a metre in size) of the future will need tiny devices to reduce friction and make movement possible. The C60 molecule, also known as fullerene or buckyball, seemed to many an excellent candidate for nano-bearings. Unfortunately, the results so far have been conflicting, calling for further studies, like the one carried out by a theoretical team involving SISSA, ICTP, CNR and EMPA. Through a series of computer simulations the scientists uncovered the reason for the experimental discrepancies and shed light on the true potential of this material.

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” at SISSA

October 9, 6.30 pm

SISSA, “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall 

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

The Trieste University Theatre Centre (CUT) will be at SISSA to perform William Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. The appointment is for Thursday 9 October at 6.30 pm in the “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall; the event is free and open to the public. The show is the first of a short series of theatrical events offered by SISSA to its students, teachers, and staff as well as to the general public, all of which will take place at SISSA during the autumn. 

AAA Gemelli cercasi

La SISSA di Trieste, insieme al Registro Nazionale Gemelli dell’ISS di Roma, sta conducendo una ricerca sulle basi genetiche del pregiudizio. Lo studio ha bisogno di coppie di gemelli tra i 18 e i 40 anni e viene condotto nella sede della SISSA.

Gravitational waves according to Planck

Scientists of the Planck collaboration, and in particular the Trieste team, have conducted a series of in-depth checks on the discovery recently publicised by the BICEP2 project (the Antarctic observatory), which announced last spring that it had detected some direct effects of gravitational waves on cosmic microwave background radiation, a (potentially) groundbreaking discovery in the field of cosmology. Many scientists raised doubts: could the signal observed be the result of contaminants?

Supercalcolo: scienza e applicazioni

17 settembre 2014, 11.30-13.00

SISSA, Aula 4, piano terra

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Un incontro con esperti di supercalcolo ripercorre la storia e presenta le potenzialità applicative dell’High Performance Computing, dagli albori alle nuove frontiere di questa disciplina, approfondendo il suo uso in vari settori della ricerca. L’evento è organizzato dal Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico” della SISSA di Trieste in collaborazione con NÒVA-Il Sole24ore, ed è aperto al pubblico.

MCS: Ultimi giorni per l’iscrizione

Ancora pochi i giorni che rimangono per iscriversi alle selezioni di quest’anno per il Master in Comunicazione della Scienza della SISSA di Trieste. Il termine ultimo infatti è il 30 settembre (alle 12), e nel frattempo si preparano alcune importanti novità per i futuri studenti. Il 15 settembre alle 11 si terrà infatti un incontro presso la sede di TV Koper Capodistria per annunciare la collaborazione tra il Master e la televisione. Le due realtà hanno sottoscritto un accordo che permetterà agli studenti di svolgere degli stage presso la realtà slovena.

JCOM Masterclasses: the first course

From September 1st to 5th the first of the four JCOM Masterclasses, educational programmes aimed at an international audience and held by international experts took place. For the 20 selected participants the course represented a unique opportunity to better understand the relationship between science and society and learn new methods to promote debate between scientists and the general public, such as discussion games and science cafés.