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The good side of the prion

A few years ago it was found that certain proteins, the prions, when defective are dangerous, as they are involved in neurodegenerative syndromes such as the Creutzfeldt-Jakob and the Alzheimer diseases. But now research is showing their good side, too: when performing well, prions may be crucial in the development of the brain during childhood, as observed by a study carried out by a team of neuroscientists at SISSA which appeared in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Giocare con la luce

Giovedì 13 dicembre 2012, ore 17.30 
SISSA - Aula 128

Da dicembre il Laboratorio Interdisciplinare per le Scienze Naturali e Umanistiche della SISSA organizza una serie di eventi aperti al pubblico legati al mondo della fotografia, vista come un ponte tra arte e scienza.

Il primo incontro dal titolo "Il mondo della fotografia" si è svolto il 13 dicembre ed è stato tenuto da Andrea Tomicich.

A grant to study sense of smell

Studying the molecular mechanisms of olfaction and understanding why certain proteins useful for the tactile system are also found in olfactive neurons. These are the aims of Simone Pifferi, a researcher at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) who has just earned the Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, a European scholarship that will enable him to pursue his studies in Italy.

How to be a social climber

"He landed the job because he has connections." How many times you have heard these words? Now a study confirms what is apparently only a stereotype. The research, published in the Journal of Statistical Physics, which also involves the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, is entitled, quite eloquently, "The Social Climbing Game".

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Storia, scienza e comunicazione

La scienza è fatta anche di uomini coraggiosi: Galileo, Giordano Bruno, Cartesio, Bacone, e tutti quelli che come loro hanno combattuto per la diffusione di un sapere pubblico, accessibile e verificabile da tutti, opponendosi spesso alle autorità. La storia della scienza è perciò una chiave per leggere il nostro presente, anche per capire come comunicarla meglio. Di questo si è discusso durante la sessione tematica del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza della SISSA di Trieste, un evento pubblico che ha visto la presenza di esperti internazionali.

Science Writing Workshop

June 26th, 2013 - from 2.00 to 5.00 pm

With this wokshop participants will learn the essentials of communicating complex science concepts through their writing. The course will be conducted by the renowned, award-winning journalist and former Guardian science editor Tim Radford. The workshop is designed for all those interested in becoming a science journalist at the international level. Workshop length is three hours. Maximum course size is 40.


Held on: Wednesday 26 June 2013

Decoding touch

23 April 2013

With their whiskers rats can detect the texture of objects in the same way as humans do using their fingertips. A study, in which some scientists of SISSA have taken part, shows that it is possible to understand what specific object has been touched by a rat by observing the activation of brain neurons. A further step towards understanding how the brain, also in humans, represents the outside world.

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