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The secret life of knots

The scientific journal Macromolecules dedicates the cover of this month's issue (available online from June 11th) to a research coordinated by Cristian Micheletti of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA). Micheletti and his colleagues,

that include Luca Tubiana (a former SISSA student, now working at the Josef Stefan Institute of Ljubljana) and Angelo Rosa (a researcher at SISSA) simulated the dynamics of the movements with which a polymer tends to knot.

How do cold ions slide

One of the challenges faced by those who study friction is finding a connection between the phenomena observed within the macroworld and those in the nanoworld.

The stick-slip, a phenomenon observed at every scale when two surfaces slide on one another, could be the starting point to identify such connection. The scientists at SISSA have studied such phenomenon through a system of "trapped cold ions".

A network in Vietnam

SISSA has always kept focus on the international scientific scene. In such a vein, a recent activity was the creation of a network with some research institutes in Vietnam in view of top-level training in the field of Functional and Structural Genomics.

Two professors of the PhD course in Functional and Structural Genomics at SISSA, Giuseppe Legname (SISSA) and Paolo Carloni (German Research School for Simulation Sciences, Jülich), recently went to Ho Chi Min City to organize a Neurobiology course, dealing with both experimental and computational aspects.

The Armenise–Harvard Fellowship winners

Two former SISSA students are the recipients of the Armenise-Harvard Fellowship, a prestigious award assigned every year to two young science writers. The award is a confirmation of the top-level science communication courses offered by the School, a pioneer institution in the field. Precisely this year, the School will celebrate the twenty-year anniversary of its Master's Course in Science Communication, the first in Italy.

MAPPE 2013

26 - 28 giugno 2013, SISSA

MAPPE è un evento dedicato alla comunicazione della scienza che si è tenuto dal 26 al 28 giugno alla SISSA di Trieste

È anche un network che riunisce il Laboratorio Interdisciplinare della SISSA, il Master in Giornalismo e comunicazione istituzionale della scienza dell'Università di Ferrara e Fondazione IDIS - Città della Scienza di Napoli.