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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.

Towards Quantum Computers

A project coordinated by SISSA in Trieste and financed by the EU aims at developing new theoretical tools in the service of new frontiers in computation.

The European project Irses-Quantum Integrability, Conformal Field Theory and Topological Quantum Computation, coordinated by Giuseppe Mussardo of SISSA in Trieste, aims at developing new theoretical tools to be applied to frontiers in computation, to take a step further towards super-calculus and quantum computers.

Meet in italy for life sciences

Si terrà a Firenze dal 31 marzo al 2 Aprile 2014 Meet in Italy for Life Sciences, una conferenza che offre visibilità e opportunità internazionali di collaborazione sia tecnologica che commerciale a imprese, start up innovative, enti di ricerca e altri operatori nel settore delle Scienze della Vita. Due giorni di incontri bilaterali tra aziende ricercatori e investitori e un workshop dedicato.

La deadline per le iscrizioni è il 9 marzo 2014. qui trovate il modulo per l'iscrizione online.

VisIVO Contest 2014

The competition is a call to the worldwide scientific community to use exciting new technologies provided by the VisIVO Science Gateway and/or the VisIVO Mobile Application to produce amazing images and movies from multi-dimensional datasets coming either from observations or numerical simulations.

Although VisIVO tools are specialized for astrophysical datasets the competition is open to all scientists and common citizens alike aiming to investigate datasets related to other fields, e.g. life sciences or physics.

A plaque for Boltzmann: SISSA is participating as well

On February 20, a plaque in memory of Ludwig Boltzmann, the physicist known for his studies on the atom, will be inaugurated in Duino, at the very site where Boltzmann took his life in 1906. The celebrations have been organized by the United World College and will see the participation not only of authorities and students but also of some scientists and the physicist nephew, Ilse Marie Fasol Boltzmann.

A paper by Cristian Micheletti selected for F1000Prime

The paper entitled "Mechanical and Assembly Units of Viral Capsids Identified via Quasi-Rigid Domain Decomposition" recently published on PLOS Biology by an international team of researchers including Cristian Micheletti from SISSA, has been has been selected for F1000Prime. It's the second time in a few months that a paper by Micheletti has been selected by the well-known directory.