Psychologists and neuroscientists have thoroughly investigated olfactory behaviours in newborns and adults, but relatively little is known about the characteristics of the sense of smell during infancy and adolescence. In a study carried out by SISSA in collaboration with the Please Touch Museum of Philadelphia (an interactive science museum for children), over 150 children aged 3 to 11 years old took part in a simple experiment allowing investigators to trace the curve of visuo-olfactory integration.
The more massive, or full of stars, a galaxy is, the faster the stars in it are formed. This seems to be the general rule, which is contradicted, however, by some abnormal cases, for example thin (not massive) galaxies that are hyperactive in their star formation. Until now the phenomenon had been explained by catastrophic external events like galaxies colliding and merging, but a new theory offers an alternative explanation, related to an in situ (internal) process of galaxy evolution.
Il Comune di Trieste ha scelto un progetto di citizen science per il monitoraggio della diffusione della zanzara tigre come vincitore della borsa offerta per il secondo anno consecutivo agli studenti del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico“ (MCS) della SISSA. Il premio, di 3mila euro, che nasce da un’intesa fra il Comune di Trieste e la SISSA, viene assegnato alla migliore idea per un’attività di comunicazione della scienza nelle scuole triestine. La premiazione si svolgerà il 16 dicembre presso la Big Meeting Room (7° piano) della SISSA a partire dalle 10.30.
Atomistic and molecular simulations are one of the pillars of scientific research. By exploiting new algorithms and computational methods, computer simulations allow us to study the behavior of inorganic and living matter and stimulate progress in experimental sciences. CECAM is a center of excellence in this area, which includes first-rate institutions across Europe. Alessandro Laio, professor at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste was elected President on 24 November during an official meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Il Welcome Day della Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste, che quest’anno si è tenuto il 1 dicembre, è la giornata che ogni anno la Scuola dedica ad accogliere i nuovi studenti, quelli che si apprestano a iniziare qui il loro primo anno di dottorato. È anche un momento per riflettere sul ruolo di questa Scuola, che porta l’aggettivo “Internazionale” nel suo stesso nome.
Starting on November 23 at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, there will be a series of monthly meetings dedicated to the history of science. Big names from Italy and abroad will take turns telling the story until next May. The first talk will be held by Malcolm Longair, renowned Theoretical Physicist and former Director of Cavendish Laboratory, a "sacred" place in the history of modern physics. Longair’s talk dedicated to James Clerk Maxwell, founder of the Theory of Electromagnetism, will be held onWednesday, November 23, at 3:00pm.
In physics, confinement of particles is such an important phenomenon that the Clay Mathematics Institute has even pledged an award of a million dollars to anyone who can give a convincing and exhaustive scientific explanation from a mathematical point of view. For example, the quarks are confined in pairs or threes by the strong interaction- the force which holds the nuclei of the atoms together- making up neutrons and protons. A recent study at SISSA adds a new chapter to what we know about confinement.
A SISSA research study published in a special issue of the journal Brain and Cognition, completely dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of food, analyzes the lexical-semantic deficits of the food category in patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. The study shows that knowledge about food is preserved more than other categories of stimuli, even in the case of severe syndromes. Further, perception of caloric intake affects a person’s ability to remember the name of a food; the higher the calories, the more knowledge is preserved.