Cami Rosso Science Expert

Cami Rosso is an insatiably curious omnidisciplinary writer on science, innovation and leadership.


The World’s First Particle Robot - How the Art of Robotics Imitates Life

Robotics is an interdisciplinary field that spans across computer science, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, artificial intelligence, mechantronics, mathematics, informatics, and more disciplines. Although robotics is a field created by humans, the inspiration for design and function often draws upon biology and living organisms. Recently a team of researchers from Columbia Engineering and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) created the world’s first “particle robots”— a new genre of robots comprised of particles that individually cannot move independently, but collectively behave like a biological system.


Quantum Breakthrough: Physicists Prove Antimatter is both a Wave and Particle

For the first time in history, physicists have demonstrated that antimatter is both a wave and a particle—a major scientific breakthrough. On May 3, 2019, a team led by Italian physicists along with the Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics at the University of Bern in Switzerland, published their landmark study in Science Advances, a highly-selective peer-reviewed journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)—an international nonprofit scientific association established in 1849 to amplify scientific communication not only between scientists and engineers, but also with the general public.


Synthetic Biology —  Life Redesigned

Synthetic biology is a relatively new field of science that includes both the design and formation of entirely new biological systems or components, and the redesign and production of natural biological systems. According to Allied Market Research, the worldwide synthetic biology market will reach $38.7 billion by 2020. The factors contributing to recent breakthroughs in synthetic biology include the falling cost of genomic sequencing, the improved ability to sequence larger genomes, the advancement of the analytical power of sequencers, the availability of gene sequencing from third-party providers, and the democratization of gene editing due to CRISPR-Cas9 technology. CRISPR-Cas9 has not only improved the ability of researchers and scientists to target, edit, and activate or deactivate genes, but also to rewire complex biological circuits and systems.


Nobel Laureate Frances H. Arnold’s Innovative Discovery

Directed evolution (DE) is the acceleration of natural evolution using an iterative laboratory processes at the molecular level. Directed evolution of enzymes and binding proteins was a concept that was theorized in by German biophysicist Manfred Eigen — a Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate, who was awarded the prize in 1967 for his research on fast chemical reactions.


You are Glowing, Literally — Human Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence is light produced by a living organism that is a result of a chemical metabolic reaction within the body of the organism.