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The mother of all lizards

Published at: 2018-05-31 09:19

A new international research rewrites the history of reptiles starting from a fossil found in the Dolomites. 

The origin of lizards and snakes should be pushed back by about 75 million years, as documented by a small reptile, Megachirella wachtleri, found almost 20 years ago in the Dolomites and rediscovered today thanks to cutting-edge techniques in the field of 3D analysis and the reconstruction of evolutionary relationships. Evidence to this effect has been provided by an international paleontological research with the participation of the MUSE Science Museum of Trento, in collaboration with the “Abdus Salam” International Centre of Theoretical Physics of Trieste, the Enrico Fermi Centre of Rome and Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste. The results have been published in the prestigious science journal Nature, which has also dedicated its cover image to research.

Img1. Megachirella © Davide Bonadonna


The ability of light to modify electronic properties of superconductors now proven

Published at: 2018-04-27 09:19
Science Advances has published a study by an International team which comprises a number of Italian researchers.

High-temperature superconductivityis very much an open challenge to researchers in the field of condensed matter physics all over the world. Thirty years after the discovery of superconductivity in copper oxides, the several aspects that still need to be clarified are addressed through different and complementary approaches and techniques. Now, an innovative contribution has been given by an international team that has put together eleven science institutions in six countries.

A photochemical reaction in its becoming has been observed with unprecedented detail at FEL FERMI

Published at: 2018-01-29 10:19

The result of the experiment published in Nature Communications paves the way for investigations that can shed new light on photochemical processes.

“Shooting the movie” of a photochemical reaction, interpreting its hidden details with the help of a computer: this is what has been done, thanks to the extraordinary capabilities of the FERMI free electron laser source in Trieste, by a research team composed of the Universities of Uppsala and Gothenburg in Sweden, the Institut Ruđer Bošković of Zagreb, the Elettra-FERMI Laboratory, the University of Trieste and the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Matter and Radiation in Paris. The study was published in Nature Communications.



The teeth of a prehistoric fetus give us information about the last months of a mother and child, who lived 27k years BP

Published at: 2017-08-28 09:19
The exceptional study of an Italian team led by “Sapienza Università di Roma” has been made possible by non-invasive techniques realized with synchrotron light in Trieste. The research has been published on Scientific Reports

Fossil records enable a detailed reconstruction of our planet’s history and of the evolution of our species. But what kind of information can we obtain from the fossils of a fetus from almost 30,000 years ago? This has been investigated by a study recently published in the journal Scientific Reports and realized by Alessia Nava from ”Sapienza Università di Roma”, in collaboration with the Museum of Civilizations of Rome, Fermi Center, Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Università degli Studi di Bari and the University of Wollongong in Australia.

With Elettra, ICTP and Promoscience, Trieste’s science is in the front line with the Middle East SESAME project launched in Jordan today

Published at: 2017-05-16 10:01

Trieste’s scientific system underlies the new synchrotron light lab SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science), that today has been officially opened near Amman in the presence of the King of Jordan. SESAME ( is both a major scientific project and an example of peaceful coexistence as it is managed by an autonomous intergovernmental organization of scientists from Countries racked by conflict and tension such as Cyprus, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.



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