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Collective movements in animal groups

Collective changes in biological groups require all individuals in the group to go through a behavioral change of state. Sometimes these changes are triggered by external perturbations, as in evasive maneuvers of animal groups under predatory attacks. Often, however, they occur spontaneously and are only due to internal behavioral fluctuations. In all cases, the efficiency of information transport is a key factor to prevent cohesion loss and preserve collective robustness.


 How can journalists can accurately report a violent episode avoiding sensationalism, then How can they describe these terrible events while protecting the victim? What are the words to use or to avoid? On Wednesday 5 April, a seminar organized by the SISSA's Master Course in Science Communication “Franco Prattico” and Laboratorio interdisciplinare, will try to answer these questions.

The Geometry and Mechanics of Growing Elastic Sheets

On Thursday 12 April 2017, at 2.30 pm the Mathlab group will hold a seminar on "The Geometry and Mechanics of Growing Elastic Sheets".

During the seminar, Prof Eran Sharon from the Racah Institute of Physics - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will present experimental methods for the construction of “programmed” responsive sheets, discussing different types of self-shaping principles. In particular, the talk will focus on the connection of the topic to shape selection in chemical and biological systems. 

Gender-based violence: when words count

According to Istat, almost 7 million women in Italy are mistreated by their partners in the course of their life. Every year, more than 100 women are killed by someone they once trusted. More and more often journalist are asked to tell these tragic stories. In this sensitive context, the word choice is of great importance as it may help to bring about cultural change that would ensure that the most vulnerable members of society, like women, old people and children, are protected and respected.

Scienza e Virgola

From synthetic life to the chemistry of beauty, from the myth of the Ancient Astronauts to the latest genome editing techniques, from the wonders of botany to the science of sex. Scientific research will be on stage during the second edition of Scienza e Virgola, a series of book presentations organized by the Masters’ course in Science Communication "Franco Prattico" of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste.

Through a series of ten meetings with the authors, free and open to the public, we will discover some of the most interesting science books published in Italy over the last months. All events will be held in Italian.

It is easier for a DNA knot…

Anyone who has been on a sailing boat knows that tying a knot is the best way to secure a rope to a hook and prevent its slippage. The same applies to sewing threads where knots are introduced to prevent them slipping through two pieces of fabric. How, then, can long DNA filaments, which have convoluted and highly knotted structure, manage to pass through the tiny pores of various biological systems?