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From good to bad with a copper switch

They turn into bad prions, but no one knew how. Now a group of SISSA scientists has finally identified the mechanism underlying the pathological transformation of prion proteins: it all depends on a metal, copper, and its bond with the protein. The findings have just been published in Scientific Reports.

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Finish Line for First ICTP-SISSA PhD

Collaboration between Institutions in Friuli Venezia Giulia produce results. The joint PhD program between the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste is the latest example. The first concrete evidence of this is the graduation ceremony to be held on Wednesday, 21 October for the first course which began four years ago.

The gaze that hinders expression

It is not enough to observe what abilities are altered in autistic subjects, we also need to understand how each function interacts with the others. In fact, whereas in normal subjects joint attention appears to facilitate facial mimicry (both are skills relevant for human social interaction), the opposite holds true for autistic subjects. That is what a new study, just published in Autism Research, suggests.

Bringing Supercomputing to the Tablet

An international conference on an avant-garde topic: Reduced Order Modelling, which studies how to deploy scientific computing on modern devices such as tablets and smartphones. MoRePas is currently taking place at SISSA, and boasts participation of some of the world's leading experts on the subject.

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Don’t look at me like that or I’ll swerve

A face with an emotionally charged expression, especially if the emotion is anger, can influence the course of our actions, according to a study by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste published in Cognitive Neuroscience. The distracting effect is potentially dangerous in come situations (for example, when driving).

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Ritorna “De Rerum Natura”

Si sono appena aperte le iscrizioni alla seconda edizione del concorso fotografico “De Rerum Natura, la scienza in uno scatto – Luce e visione”, organizzato dal Laboratorio Interdisciplinare della Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste. Il concorso è dedicato alla natura e alla scienza. La partecipazione è aperta a tutti. I vincitori riceveranno dei premi (520, 320 e 200 euro rispettivamente al I, II e III classificato in ciascuna categoria) e avranno la possibilità di esporre le proprie fotografie alla SISSA.

SISSA to “clean” gravitational waves in CMB

SISSA has received a 3-year grant of roughly 200 thousand euros for a team of researchers to study gravitational waves in cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB). The work is part of a broader project, RadioForegrounds, within the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Commission with other European institutions (Institute of Astrophysics-- Canary Islands, The University of Cantabria, Cambridge University, the University of Manchester and CNRS in France as well as the private company, Trilogic). SISSA will focus on ridding cosmic signals of contaminants.

La SISSA a Trieste NEXT

25-27 settembre 2015


Il 25 settembre parte la manifestazione Trieste Next e la SISSA partecipa con diversi appuntamenti: la conferenza con il premio Nobel Edvard Moser, l’attività di SISSA PER LA SCUOLA e alcune tavole tavole rotonde. Non mancate!

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Battiston at SISSA: the Future of Physics

1 October 2015, 10:30

SISSA, Aula Magna “P. Budinich”

What science will be the real hotbed of discovery in the near future? According to Roberto Battiston, President of ASI, as well as prominent scientist and lecturer, there is no doubt: Astroparticle Physics. Battiston will paint a picture of the future of Physics research in the first talk of the SISSA lecture series on 1 October at 10:30 at SISSA in Trieste. The event is open to the public and will be held English. 

“Being Sigmund Freud”

The illusion of being in another body affects not only our perception (as is already known) but also our way of thinking. Thanks to virtual reality, some subjects embodied Sigmund Freud and proved better at giving themselves psychological advice compared to when they were simply themselves.

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MHPC 2015 set to go!

Classes of the 2015/16  edition of the Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) of SISSA/ICTP are starting today, and important news and events have been announced: in February 2016 a workshop featuring renowned guests will be held, and the Erasmus Plus partnership with the University of Ulm in Germany is confirmed, which will allow student exchanges between Italy and Germany.

Pochi giorni ancora per iscriversi

Ancora pochi giorni (fino al 29 settembre) per iscriversi alle selezioni per il nuovo biennio dello storico Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico” della SISSA di Trieste. Stanno per scadere anche i termini per l’iscrizione (12 ottobre) alla “Scuola in comunicazione del rischio per la salute e per l’ambiente” della SISSA. È il momento di affrettarsi.

Modelling the helicase to understand hepatitis

NS3 is an enzyme specific to the hepatitis C virus. If developed, a drug capable of recognizing and selectively attacking it could fight the disease without side effects for the body. However, to be able to develop one we need to know more about the behaviour of this important protein in the virus replication process. Until now, we have only had some “still images” – obtained with crystallography techniques – of the interaction between the protein and the RNA, which makes the viral genome.

Vita nello spazio: scienziati a Trieste

15-17 settembre 2015, SISSA, Via Bonomea 265, Trieste (workshop)

16 settembre 2015, ore 18, Museo Revoltella, via Armando Diaz 27, Trieste (evento pubblico)

The Multiferroic Sandwich

Two properties are particularly sought after in materials for technology (for a variety of devices from sensors to computer memory, etc.): magnetism and ferroelectricity. Obtaining materials with both qualities is highly desirable. At the present time, these properties have shown to be almost entirely mutually exclusive, but a new study conducted by SISSA/Northwestern University introduces an innovative method which may soon become reality.  

From sounds to the meaning

Without understanding the “referential function” of language (words as “verbal labels”, symbolizing other things) it is impossible to learn a language. Is this implicit knowledge already present early in infants? A study conducted by the Language, Cognition and Development Lab of SISSA says it is.

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Reading emotions in a second language

If we read about someone who is smiling and happy, without realizing it, we smile as well, and a similar reaction also occurs for the other emotions. If, however, the text is not in our mother tongue but in a second language, then our mind and body react in a blander manner. This effect, according to Francesco Foroni, the author of a new study that observed the phenomenon for the first time, may depend on the different way we learn our mother tongue and a second language. 

At the origin of language structure

There are languages that place the verb between the subject and the object (SVO order—Subject/ Verb/ Object) while others place it at the end of the trio (SOV order). The order of these elements, far from being purely decorative, influences efficiency of expression.

Protein meccano

Even fragmentary information can be used to understand which mechanical subunits make up a protein and how these move in relation to one another, with a view to establishing how the molecule carries out its functions. To this end, a SISSA research group (in collaboration with Temple University in Philadelphia) has developed a new method for the computerized analysis of the internal dynamics of molecules, demonstrating its efficiency and versatility. The study has been chosen as the cover story of the journal Structure.




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