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Decoding touch

23 April 2013

With their whiskers rats can detect the texture of objects in the same way as humans do using their fingertips. A study, in which some scientists of SISSA have taken part, shows that it is possible to understand what specific object has been touched by a rat by observing the activation of brain neurons. A further step towards understanding how the brain, also in humans, represents the outside world.

Scientists illustrate Planck’s Universe

Wednesday April 10th at 11am 
SISSA - Main Lecture Hall

A few days after the publication in the Astronomy & Astrophysics review of the results of the first fifteen months of observation carried out by the Planck satellite, a public conference has been held at SISSA. The scientists of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste and of INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (INAF-OATS) have shown and illustrated to the audience the image of the "child" Universe as observed by the instruments onboard the Planck satellite.

The illness within

Monday April 8th at 11.30 am 
SISSA - Lecture Room 128

A special encounter has been held at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste featuring Charles Sabine, journalist and "future" Huntington's chorea patient. Sabine gave the audience his unique personal account and addressed the importance of genetic research in fighting neurodegenerative diseases, the type of research carried out at SISSA. The event was organized by the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Advanced Studies (LISNU) and the PHD course in Structural and Functional Genomics.

La denuncia dei "cervelli rientrati"

28 marzo 2013

Quattordici "cervelli in fuga" rientrati in Italia, fra cui due ricercatori della Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste, hanno inviato una lettera aperta al ministro Francesco Profumo per chiedere razionalità e tempi certi nelle procedure per continuare a fare ricerca nel nostro Paese. I vizi burocratici e la lentezza nei processi di valutazione, infatti, rischiano di lasciarli senza lavoro e costringerli a tornare all'estero.

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