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L’occhio del fotografo

Giovedì 24 gennaio il Laboratorio Interdisciplinare per le Scienze Naturali e Umanistiche della SISSA ha organizzato il secondo degli appuntamenti legati al mondo della fotografia vista come un ponte tra arte e scienza.

Il titolo di questo nuovo incontro, tenuto da Andrea Tomicich: "l'occhio del fotografo".

Giovedì 24 gennaio 2013, ore 17.30 > Aula 128

Giocare con la luce

Giovedì 13 dicembre 2012, ore 17.30 
SISSA - Aula 128

Da dicembre il Laboratorio Interdisciplinare per le Scienze Naturali e Umanistiche della SISSA organizza una serie di eventi aperti al pubblico legati al mondo della fotografia, vista come un ponte tra arte e scienza.

Il primo incontro dal titolo "Il mondo della fotografia" si è svolto il 13 dicembre ed è stato tenuto da Andrea Tomicich.

From Abdus Salam to the Higgs boson

Frank Close

Wednesday 12th December 2012, 11.30 a.m.

SISSA - Main Lecture Hall

The English scientist explained to the public the long path made up of sacrifice, disappointment and discoveries in search for the Higgs boson, from the beginning until now.

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Il "Terra Madre Day" alla SISSA

Lunedì 10 dicembre, ore 17 
SISSA - Aula Magna 

Il 10 dicembre di ogni anno si svolge il Terra Madre Day, la giornata che l'organizzazione di Slow Food dedica a celebrare il cibo locale, equo e sostenibile per tutti.

SISSA per la scuola

Com'è la vita nel campus di una scuola di eccellenza? Come lavorano studenti e scienziati? Quali materie si studiano e come? Tutte queste e molte altre curiosità potranno essere soddisfattedagli studenti che parteciperanno alle visite alla Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati di Trieste, che ha appena inaugurato il programma di visite organizzate.

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Comunicare il rischio climatico

23 Novembre 2012, ore 10 
SISSA - Aula 5 

Mentre si moltiplicano gli allarmi meteo in tutta la penisola, le statistiche non ci fanno pensare bene per il futuro a livello globale: mostrano infatti un aumento costantedegli eventi climatici estremi negli ultimi decenni. In questo quadro, il delicato rapporto "triangolare" fra società, scienziati e giornalisti svolge un ruolo cruciale e fa sorgere una domanda: "come si comunicano i dati sul rischio climatico?"

Welcome Day: a chance to get acquainted with the School

On 20th November from 9.30 a.m. the International School for Advanced Studies has inaugurated the "Welcome Day", a chance to meet the scientists and the students at the school.

Special attention has been given to the students: this event has been open to the broad public and was a chance to welcome new students and to give the awards for the best PhD and Master's theses to those who have completed their studies at SISSA. A lecture by Claudio Bartocci (Professor at the University of Genova) on the famous mathematician Henri Poincaré closed this event.

Pull with caution

It's not easy to drive long molecule chains – such as DNA – through a "nanopore" (a pore which is just few millionths of a millimeter wide) because they tend to tangle up.

A simulation carried out by an international group of scientists – among whom are SISSA researchers – has suggested a solution: it's better to "pull" gently without applying too much force, otherwise the molecule could be stopped due to excessive friction. That is an important observation to create innovative DNA sequencing methods.

What if the nanoworld slides

Some researchers at SISSA have published in PNAS a study to better understand sliding friction in nanotribology: a new simulation model opens the way to new research methods, thanks to colloidal crystals.

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A new project for employment of university and PhD graduates

October 26, 2012

Enhancing the creation of spin-offs to favour employment among highly-educated young people, this is the goal of RE-SEED, a project presented today and also promoted by SISSA in Trieste.

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A quiz on food

For nearly one year some researchers of the International School for Advances Studies (SISSA), the University of Milan, Alma Mater Studiorum University in Bologna and the University of Perugia have been working on FoodCAST,a project commissioned and financed by the Lombardy Region, MIPAF and ISMEA, to tackle the complex dynamics of food with an innovative and multidisciplinary approach never tried before. Foodly is a game devised and designed by SISSA Medialab, with the collaboration of SISSA Master’s programme in Complex Actions, to make the public familia

European grants: SISSA at the top of the ranking

In the competitive scenery of European financing, SISSA is at the top of the ranking of the Italian scientific institutions for the ratio between awarded Grants (financing for research) and number of researchers and lecturers.

Where does verbal memory originate from?

October 16, 2012

When do we start learning our first words? According to a new study carried out by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the first signs of brain activity linked to linguistic memory can be seen ever since the early days of our lives.

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The sense of "antisense" RNA

October 15, 2012

While studying Parkinson's disease, an international research group led by SISSA scientists in Trieste made a discovery which can improve industrial protein synthesis for therapeutic use. They managed to understand the use of RNA when it is not involved in the protein-coding process: the protein synthesis activity of coding genes can be enhanced, for example, by the activity of the non-coding one called "antisense".

New research to study RNA just about to start

October 10, 2012

The group led by Giovanni Bussi at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste has just received considerable financing to study RNA, a molecule with several functions, important in the biology of the cell. In the project, the method of computer simulations will be used.

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The beauty of the “augmented” man

Maria Chiara Carrozza

October 10, 2012

SISSA - Main Lecture Hall

Scientists inspired by a microscopic water organism

October 9, 2012 

Until now it has been a mystery to scientists: how does it work? What is the need of the movement of euglenids, small organisms swimming in any pond? Nobody has ever described it in detail and nobody has ever understood its dynamics. But today, through a mathematical model, scientists at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya have suggested a plausible description of this movement, made by the sliding of the membrane around the outer surface of euglenids.

Language and actions: a partial bond

September 27, 2012

What do movements have to do with our understanding of language? Some scientists say that the way we understand words describing actions (walking, jumping, dancing...) could be connected to the motor activity of the brain related to movements. Two studies, one published soon after the other in Cortex and in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, have involved some SISSA scientists in Trieste and have explored this hypothesis from different points of view.

SISSA at TriesteNext

September 28-30, 2012

The first edition of Trieste Next, European Innovation and Scientific Research Forum, was held in Trieste from 28th to 30th September 2012. The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) participated as co-promoter and organised eight events for scientific dissemination.

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The building blocks of empathy

Jean Decety

September 20, 2012

SISSA - Main Lecture Hall

Empathy is what makes us human: it is the ability to reflect ourselves in other people's emotions and what creates that fundamental cohesion at the basis of our society. The ability to be empathic originates in our brain, in ancient and basic structures making up the material of which even very complex forms of empathy are made.




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