Castelfalfi has already welcomed history, art, innovation and now it open its doors to science. On May, Saturday 14th, in occasion of the Art Exhibition TraLeNuvole2016 where protagonists are sky and clouds, the Resort hosted a conference regarding nanotechnology. The event has been presented by Giada Gianchi and Attilio Marino, both researchers of the Italian Technology Institute of Pontedera.
For those who are used to see clouds from the sky, researchers are trying to stop the muscle degeneration they are undergone. The “Nanoros” project aims to study all the effects of cerium oxide nanoparticles on biological systems in extreme conditions... and the perfect place to obtain these answers is the Space!
Astronauts are usually undergone to strong radiation in a zero-gravity environment, which provokes an increase of oxidative stress in muscle cells. Nanoceria comes into play as a “smart material” capable of act as antioxidant and self-healing. The experiment will be carried out in the orbit, where some cell samples will be treated with nanoceria and studied by the astronaut Paolo Nespoli. If these cells will show a recovery from the initial condition and a reduction of the oxidative stress, nanoceria could be also applied to the osseous tissue to cure those diseases that arises with the increase of free radical, such as obesity and Parkinson.
And which location is better than the Castle of Castelfalfi to present this project? A place that, during night, is embraced by a starred mantled and, climbing up to its terrace, it seems to almost touch the sky with a finger and – why not – to feel closer to those who, traveling almost at the speed of light, are trying to save more and more lives.