What Ludwig van Beethoven has in common, Barbara Streisand, Jimi Hendrix e Pippo Baudo? You could add to this list several other more or less known names, who have discovered to possess this feature more or less by chance. We are talking about "perfect pitch", that is, the ability to recognize exactly the frequency of a musical note without any kind of reference. For these people, recognizing a note is as natural as the recognizing a color. Absolute pitch is a mysterious gift and causes wonder and questions: what does this feature depend on?? Is it an innate or acquired ability? [...]
In 2014, the term citizen science is included in the new words in the Oxford English dictionary, which defines it as "the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by an audience, that adheres to a collaboration project with professional scientists ".
As far as 30 years ago it was taught, unfortunately also at school, that the nervous system is a static thing, that is born and dies, without growing; than the nerves once injured, they no longer regenerate. Fortunately this is not the case and, if we know the truth, we owe it to a great scientist: Rita Levi-Montalcini. She was responsible for the discovery of the neuronal growth factor (NGF) but not only: his is also a good science story, love, struggle and tenacity that we now tell you. Rita was born in Turin in 1902 from a very interesting family: the father, Adamo [...]
Workshop on gender equality in scientific fields, with the involvement of the public to discuss the topic and share points of view
Our genetic instructions are invaluable: DNA not only determines who we are, but it can also be used in medicine for gene therapy. It's not all: looking at it from a structural and physical point of view, a team of biotechnologists and materials physicists has developed the so-called "DNA hydrogels", antigenico. These can be used in various biomedical applications: in the formulation of drugs, in gene therapy and cell therapy approaches. DNA as a biomaterial shows qualities such as biocompatibility and biodegradability, that [...]
Vaccines are not safe al 100%, science says so. He says it serenely because, Luckily, no scientist would dare to say that something is sure to 100%. Thanks to scientific progress, however, we can be ambitious and aim for maximum safety and effectiveness. Unfortunately, however, when you say a vaccine is safe 98%, it looks like that 2% after all it is the scariest thing in the world. It is important to clarify; rowing against technological development cannot do any society good. It sounds clear and simple, but apparently it is not so shared. In the last few years [...]
The study of a rare syndrome that makes its carriers numb to pain seemed to promise a solution with few side effects for patients with painful symptoms., but attempts to replicate it by means of drugs have so far failed. Research on mice modified to reproduce the syndrome now appears to have resolved this inconsistency. […]