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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.

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.

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.

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.