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Cosa c’entra la matematica con la poesia, la commedia e la letteratura in genere? Molto, almeno secondo Gian Italo Bischi, protagonista di un incontro con il pubblico alla SISSA, il prossimo 24 febbraio. La conferenza dal titolo “Matematica nella letteratura, dalla Divina Commedia ai romanzi noir” sarà animata da letture che porteranno al pubblico esempi delle metafore matematiche nascoste nei testi letterari. L’evento è organizzato dal Laboratorio Interdisciplinare della SISSA nell’ambito del ciclo “Scienza, letteratura e impegno civile”, ed è aperto al pubblico.

Half spheres for molecular circuits

16 Febbraio 2015

Corannulene is a carbon molecule with a unique shape (similar to the better known fullerene) and promising properties. A team of scientists from SISSA and the University of Zurich carried out computer simulations of the molecule’s properties and discovered that it might help overcome the difficulties building molecular circuits (i.e., of the size of molecules). The study has just been published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

Stars are younger

05 Febbraio 2015

The latest data release from the ESA satellite Planck consortium – just published in Astronomy and Astrophysics – reveals a surprise: star formation in the Universe may be more recent than previously indicated by the analysis of Planck’s predecessor, the NASA WMAP satellite. The observation was made possible by the new maps of Planck’s low-frequency instrument (LFI), produced by the Trieste Data Processing Centre run by INAF-OATS in collaboration with the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and the LFI Consortium. 

Movements/objects: “evolutionarily old”?

04 Febbraio 2015

Human beings are born with a visual system already predisposed to see (and mentally representing) objects as discrete perceptual units. Movement is an important visual feature, but how early in a child’s development is it represented independently from the object itself? And what function does this skill serve in the development of cognitive abilities? Research conducted with the collaboration of SISSA, and published in Cognition, shows that this skill develops very early in infancy. Not only: its presence in mice suggests a genetic basis for it.