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  • What you tweet when you go party can be useful for improving urban planning Español

    SINC | December 29 2014 08:00

    Millions of Twitter users are constantly reporting where they are and what they are doing. With this information, two Spanish computer science experts suggest using geolocalized tweets for urban planning and land use. They have already done it in Manhattan, Madrid and London and have been able to identify, for example, nightlife areas of these large cities.

  • Spanish TV during Franco educated children to be good citizens Español

    SINC | December 22 2014 09:47

    Several children’s programs were aired during the Franco regime; however, they did not have their own programming. Children, otherwise known as young adults, could watch the television during a limited schedule, on one channel. For the first time, a study has analysed 112 children’s programs broadcast between 1958 and 1975, concluding that the aim was to religiously and patriotically educa...

  • A Facebook application knows if you are having a bad day and tells your teacher Español

    SINC | December 18 2014 09:24

    Computer languages and systems researchers at the Autonomous University of Madrid have developed an application called SentBuk, which is capable of deducing the emotional states of Facebook users by analysing their messages using algorithms. The authors believe that this tool could be useful to online educators, as it would furnish them with similar information to that obtained by in-person tea...

  • Lead islands in a sea of graphene magnetise the material of the future Español

    SINC | December 15 2014 17:00

    Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons’ spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in spintronics, an emerging technology promoted by the European Union to create advanced computational systems.

  • New simulator provides training in cybersecurity Español

    UC3M | December 12 2014 14:25

    Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad de Málaga (UMA) have collaborated with the consulting and technology company Indra on the development of a new advanced simulator of training in cybersecurity, a system that teaches users how to carry out computer forensics, prevent cyber attacks and learn techniques of cyber defense.

  • 22.7% of pregnant women suffer intimate partner violence Español

    SINC | December 11 2014 10:23

    A new study analyses the violent behaviours exhibited towards pregnant women. While 21% of women suffer emotional violence during pregnancy, 3.6% encounter physical or sexual violence. Furthermore, 36.1% of those who reported physical violence claimed that it happened “very often” or “daily”.

  • Tourism poses a threat to dolphins in the Balearic Islands Español

    SINC | December 10 2014 09:54

    The rise in tourism, fishing and sea transport between the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands is compromising the wellbeing of a small population of common bottlenose dolphins living in coastal waters off the Pityusic Islands. This is the conclusion of a study led by the University of Barcelona (Spain), which has, for the first time, counted these mammals in summer and spring, which are...

  • Pulsars with black holes could hold the ‘holy grail’ of gravity Español

    SINC | December 03 2014 09:22

    The intermittent light emitted by pulsars, the most precise timekeepers in the universe, allows scientists to verify Einstein’s theory of relativity, especially when these objects are paired up with another neutron star or white dwarf that interferes with their gravity. However, this theory could be analysed much more effectively if a pulsar with a black hole were found, except in two particula...

  • The antioxidant capacity of orange juice is multiplied tenfold Español

    SINC | December 02 2014 08:23

    The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued. A new technique developed by researchers from the University of Granada for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. The results suggest that tables on the antioxidant capacities of food products that dieticians and health authorities use must be...

  • Maths shows that treating HIV and hepatitis C simultaneously is more effective Español

    SINC | December 01 2014 09:45

    A Spanish researcher has collaborated on a mathematical analysis, recently published in the journal ‘Science Translational Medicine’, which concludes that joint therapy to counter HIV in patients who also have hepatitis C increases the chance of success in the fight against both infections. Between eight and nine million people worldwide simultaneously suffer from AIDS and hepatitis C...