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Harsh Out of Necessity

28 Aprile 2016

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can have a strong impact on the life of patients. Not only must they address the unpleasant symptoms, they are also subject to unpredictable relapses after more or less long periods of remission (which are irregular in duration), a condition that can cause anxiety and stress.

SISSA pays tribute to Walter Kohn

Walter Kohn, renowned Austrian theoretical physicist and long-time SISSA’s “friend”, has passed away a few days ago. Kohn was awarded (with John Pople) the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1998. He was also well known for his activity in promoting world peace and the use of environmentally-friendly technologies. Kohn came to Trieste several times to work and collaborate with scientists from SISSA, ICTP and the University of Trieste.

SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies, pays tribute to this great man. You can read below the obituary from Erio Tosatti (SISSA/ICTP).

Where space-time becomes discrete

22 Aprile 2016

In quantum gravity, classical physics and quantum mechanics are at odds: scientists are still uncertain how to reconcile the quantum “granularity” of space-time at the Planck scale with the theory of special relativity. In their attempts to identify possible tests of the physics associated with this difficult union, the most commonly studied scenario is the one that implies violations of  “Lorentz invariance”, the principle underlying special relativity.

2+1 is Not Always 3

21 Aprile 2016

If a person pushes a broken-down car alone, there is a certain effect. If another person helps, the result is the sum of their efforts. If two micro-particles are pushing a third microparticle, however, the resulting effect may not necessarily be the sum their efforts. A recent study SISSA contributed to, published in Nature Communications, measured this odd effect that scientists call “many body.”  

La SISSA partecipa all’Internet Day 2016

20 Aprile 2016

Anche la Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste propone due interventi nell’ambito dell’Internet Day 2016, l’evento organizzato da Insiel e dalla Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia. Alle 11 del 29 aprile è previsto un seminario per le scuole dedicato ai supercomputer (con Stefano Cozzini), mentre alle 14.30 Loriano Bonora parla di editoria scientifica con il pubblico della SISSA.

The TWAS Fellowships programme call for applications open

The TWAS Fellowships programme with over 470 PhD and 150 postdoctoral fellowships available annually in 10 developing countries with 19 programme partners is said to be the largest programme of its kind worldwide.

The 2016 TWAS Fellowships call for applications is now open for majority of the programmes.

For more details on eligibility criteria and to download the guidelines and application forms, see:

“Teacher” Coderdojo alla SISSA

19 Aprile 2016

Gli insegnati e gli educatori della provincia di Trieste che vogliono utilizzare il computer a scuola in modo creativo e innovativo hanno ora la possibilità di partecipare a Teacher Coderdojo, un corso organizzato dalla SISSA in collaborazione con la famosa iniziativa internazionale Coderdojo (in particolare Coderdojo Trieste), pensata dal MIT di Boston e che da anni insegna ai bambini a programmare in modo semplice e divertente. Il corso si terrà il 28 aprile, è gratuito e aperto a insegnati ed educatori di Trieste e provincia.