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La scienza si presenta 2012: spiegare per immagini

Quattro modalità espressive - dipinti, fotografie, filmati e installazioni artistiche - da realizzare a scelta nell'ambito di uno dei quattro temi proposti: energia, cervello, ambiente, universo. Sono questi gli spazi espressivi del concorso organizzato dalla SISSA, in collaborazione con l'Università di Trieste. L'iniziativa, giunta alla sua terza edizione, si rivolge alle scuole medie superiori della provincia con l'intento di stimolare i giovani ad avvicinarsi al mondo della scienza, per raccontarla in modo inedito e originale.

Mechanics of soft materials and tissues: modeling, simulation and experiments

7 - 9 May, 2012 / Meeting Room VII Floor

The focus of the workshop is to connect people with a background spanning from Physics of Soft Tissues, Continuum Mechanics and Applied Mathematics. The workshop is supported by the projects MathLCEs and BrainIFEM, and will cover three specific applications in the areas of biological tissues in pathological conditions, and synthetic tissues.

Essential metals in brain development and neurodegeneration

21 - 22 May 2012

We are honored to inform you about the International Workshop on Essential metals in brain development and neurodegeneration that will be held on May 21-22 2012 in Trieste (Italy).

The Workshop aims at gathering together researchers with different backgrounds, who are interested in the role of essential metals in brain development and neurodegeneration. Speakers are encouraged to address important open problems, stimulate discussion and interaction among participants.

SISSA in Festa

Un'Aula Magna con 500 posti e un teatro all'aperto che può ospitare 250 spettatori. Entrambi disponibili per Enti pubblici e privati cittadini che ne facciano richiesta. E poi un parco di 10 mila mq, sempre aperto alla città, con installazioni scientifiche permanenti da sperimentare.

AIP Award

AIP, the Italian Association of Psychology awarded one of the two prizes for the Sperimental Section 2011 to Liuba Papeo, for her SISSA PhD thesis titled "The tie between action and language is in our imagination". AIP is one of the national landmarks for Italian psychologists since 1992.

Pull with caution

It's not easy to drive long molecule chains – such as DNA – through a "nanopore" (a pore which is just few millionths of a millimeter wide) because they tend to tangle up.

A simulation carried out by an international group of scientists – among whom are SISSA researchers – has suggested a solution: it's better to "pull" gently without applying too much force, otherwise the molecule could be stopped due to excessive friction. That is an important observation to create innovative DNA sequencing methods.

Studying micromotility with over a million euro

Microrobots of the future, whether surgeons, cleaners or transporters, will have to be able to move about in an efficient and precise manner. To make this possible and improve the locomotor skills of these artificial devices, scientists like Antonio De Simone and his group at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste are studying the movement of unicellular organisms. De Simone has just been awarded a Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) amounting to 1,300,000 euro.

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