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  • A rich vocabulary can protect against cognitive impairment Español

    SINC | October 20 2014 10:54

    Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain’s cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied what factors can help to improve this ability and they conclude that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such factor.

  • Secessionism in Catalonia went mainstream from 2012 Español

    Manifestación de la Diada en Cataluña. / Jordi Payà

    SINC | October 15 2014 09:37

    The Catalan independence movement became a mass phenomenon when the first large Diada (National Day of Catalonia) demonstration took place and CiU (Convergence and Union) committed to a referendum. Researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona have published an article in the journal ‘South European Society and Politics’ on the causes of the rapid move of a substantial proportion of t...

  • Some rice-based foods for people with celiac disease contain relevant amounts of arsenic Español

    SINC | October 13 2014 09:32

    Rice is one of the few cereal grains consumed by people with celiac disease, as it does not contain gluten. However, it can have high concentrations of a toxic substance – arsenic – as revealed by the analyses of flour, cakes, bread, pasta and other foods made with rice, conducted by researchers from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain. The European Union is working to establish the...

  • A new method of tracking wolf packs more precisely Español

    SINC | October 08 2014 10:03

    Man’s relationship with wolves has always been a complicated one. One of the most common problems is monitoring the packs. Recently, groups of ecologists suggested the need to use more technical and objective criteria. Spanish scientists have designed a new method for monitoring the wolf population more precisely. 

  • Pressing the accelerator on quantum robotics Español

    SINC | October 02 2014 09:00

    Quantum computing will allow for the creation of powerful computers, but also much smarter and more creative robots than conventional ones. This was the conclusion arrived at by researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and Austria, who have confirmed that quantum tools help robots learn and respond much faster to the stimuli around them.

  • Energy drinks cause insomnia and nervousness in athletes Español

    SINC | October 01 2014 10:03

    A study analysing the positive and negative effects of energy drinks on athletes has seen that, although in principle their sports performance was seen to improve by between 3% and 7%, there was also an increase in the frequency of insomnia, nervousness and the level of stimulation in the hours following competition.

  • Human trafficking, an invisible problem Español

    Trata de humanos

    UC3M | September 30 2014 10:01

    Human trafficking is a problem about which little is known in Spain, due to both the lack of reliable figures as well as the poor coordination among national and international police forces and the social permissiveness with regard to certain behavior related to the sex trade. These are some of the conclusions of a report funded by the European Union and written by a research team in which expe...

  • An anomaly in satellites’ flybys confounds scientists Español

    SINC | September 18 2014 09:28

    When space probes, such as Rosetta and Cassini, fly over certain planets and moons, in order to gain momentum and travel long distances, their speed changes slightly for an unknown reason. A Spanish researcher has now analysed whether or not a hypothetical gravitomagnetic field could have an influence. However, other factors such as solar radiation, tides, or even relativistic effects or dark m...

  • The viability of premature babies is minimal at 22 weeks’ gestation Español

    SINC | September 17 2014 10:23

    A new study analyses the survival rates in Spain of newborns with a gestational age under 26 weeks. The results show that survival under 23 weeks is ‘exceptional’, although other factors such as birth weight and sex also have an influence.

  • Pain tolerance levels between men and women are similar Español

    Los resultados de este estudio señalan más semejanzas que diferencias entre ambos sexos en la aceptación del dolor. / Sinc

    SINC | September 09 2014 09:15

    Resilience, a person’s ability to overcome adverse circumstances, is the main quality associated with pain tolerance among patients and their adjustment to chronic pain. This is the result of a new study carried out at the University of Málaga that shows that the effect of gender on this ability is not as significant as originally thought.