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Emotions in the age of Botox

Botulin injections in the facial muscles, which relax expression lines and make one’s skin appear younger as a result of a mild paralysis, have another, not easily predictable effect: they undermine the ability to understand the facial expressions of other people. This consequence, as SISSA scientists explain in a new research study, depends on a temporary block of proprioceptive  feedback, a process that helps us understand other people’s emotions by reproducing them on our own bodies.

Graphene Flakes to Calm Synapses

Innovative graphene technology to buffer the activity of synapses-- this is the idea behind a recently-published study in the journal ACS Nano coordinated by the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste (SISSA)  and the University of Trieste. In particular, the study showed how effective graphene oxide flakes are at interfering with excitatory synapses, an effect that could prove useful in new treatments for diseases like epilepsy.

Harsh Out of Necessity

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.

2+1 is Not Always 3

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

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.

“Teacher” Coderdojo alla SISSA

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.

Simulations “sharpen” their tools

For several years now, numerical simulations have been recognised as an important method of scientific investigation in the field of the physics of materials (amongst others). With simulations, reality is reproduced, by means of computer calculations, to a necessary degree of approximation (which may produce errors) that experts refer to as “precision”. An article in Science, authored by a large group of scientists from 44 international institutions, marks the beginning of a major process of validation of algorithms and methods which, though different, converge on the same “problems”.

Paths and Spaces of Language

A “three-handed” project which has the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste collaborating with the University of Tel Aviv and the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris has been awarded a program grant by the Human Frontier Science Program for over a million dollars. The funding will be used to study “analogical processes” at the foundation of human language, a largely unexplored field.