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  • Improvisation is curbing innovation at small and medium-sized Spanish construction firms Español

    SINC | February 10 2016 08:59

    Small and medium-sized Spanish construction firms prioritize securing contracts and production over any R&D activity. These firms are focused on their day-to-day responsibilities and do not dedicate time to generate creative ideas. Their technological improvements arise as a result of problem-solving at the construction site. However, these innovations are not reported or shared with a...

  • Light and manganese to discover the source of submerged Roman marble Español

    SINC | February 08 2016 10:30

    The Roman Emperors used to spend their summers in the city of Baia, near Naples. With the passage of time, however, the majority of their luxury villas became immersed under water. Italian and Spanish researchers have now applied microscopic and geochemical techniques to confirm that the marble used to cover these ancient Roman buildings came from Carrara and other marble quarries in Turkey and...

  • Galician red foxes present low levels of toxic metals in their bodies Español

    SINC | February 02 2016 08:00

    In order to know the level of an area’s exposure to environmental contaminants, scientists can analyse metal concentrations in the organs of animals, who become environmental bioindicators. An example of this is the first study on red foxes in Galicia, which reveals low levels of cadmium, lead and zinc in northwestern Spain.

  • Uncommon surnames narrate the family history of those who bear them Español

    Familia Bonet Gonzalez

    SINC | February 01 2016 11:00

    In most societies, surnames are passed on from father to son, just like the Y chromosome. This suggests that men who share the same surnames may have Y chromosomes that are related to one another. A new study analyses this correlation in Spain and reveals that a large number of men who are bearers of the same unusual surnames are distant relatives.

  • Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions on the International Space Station Español

    SINC | January 26 2016 10:37

    European scientists have gathered tiny fungi that take shelter in Antarctic rocks and sent them to the International Space Station. After 18 months on board in conditions similar to those on Mars, more than 60% of their cells remained intact, with stable DNA. The results provide new information for the search for life on the red planet. Lichens from the Sierra de Gredos (Spain) and the Alps (Au...

  • An ancestor of the rabbit connects Europe and Asia Español

    SINC | January 25 2016 09:30

    The species Amphilagus tomidai was recently discovered - an ancestor of the rabbit which lived in present-day Siberia during the Miocene, about 14 million years ago. The discovery of this mammal, belonging to a family which was thought to only exist in Europe, reveals that the two continents were connected ‑free of natural barriers‑ due to the disappearance of the ancient Paratethys Sea.

  • The five bird species that Darwin couldn’t discover in Madeira and the Azores Español

    SINC | January 20 2016 08:50

    When Charles Darwin visited the Azores islands in the 19th Century, the birds he observed were familiar to him. However, if he had travelled there 500 years before, he would have found an ornithofauna as particular as that of the Galápagos. The recent discovery in these Portuguese islands and in Madeira of five extinct species of rail, which lost the ability to fly due to having evolved on isla...

  • Chemical fingerprints confirm the saffron fraud Español

    SINC | January 18 2016 11:39

    Saffron from Spain is one of the world's most superior varieties, but the majority of this product which is labelled and exported as such originates in other countries. Scientists from the Czech Republic and Spain confirmed this false labelling after analysing 44 commercial products. By using a new technique based on each type of saffron's unique chemical 'fingerprint', the scientists have...

  • Two new species of frogs are discovered in Madagascar Español

    SINC | January 11 2016 09:54

    The Tsaratanana Massif –the highest mountain on Madagascar and one of the island's most remote regions– is home to several indigenous species. Yet, the majority of these species remain unknown to science due to the fact that this woodland area is difficult to reach. Thanks to a European expedition to this area, however, a group of scientists has discovered, among other species, two new species...

  • New LED with luminescent proteins Español

    SINC | January 07 2016 09:15

    Scientists from Germany and Spain have discovered a way to create a BioLED by packaging luminescent proteins in the form of rubber. This innovative device gives off a white light which is created by equal parts of blue, green and red rubber layers covering one LED, thus rendering the same effect as with traditional inorganic LEDs but at a lower cost.