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  • Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain Español

    SINC | November 19 2014 10:31

    Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria Valley, in León (Spain), there is a gold mining network created by the Romans two thousand years ago, as well as complex hydraulic works, such as river diversions, to divert water to the mines of the precious metal. Researchers from the University of Salamanca made the discovery from the air with an airborne laser teledetection system.

  • A graphene scanner permits pigments to be distinguished without the need for samples for the first time Español

    UCC+i FICYT | November 19 2014 00:01

    A group of European researchers are developing a next generation graphene based scanner which will allow hitherto unknown aspects of works of art and other historic objects to be revealed. The equipment will enable the viewing of hidden images on canvases and unveil what is hidden inside three dimensional objects sealed centuries ago.

  • Only 6% of people work in the occupations they aspired to in childhood Español

    SINC | November 11 2014 12:00

    A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) study analyzes the processes that influence the formation of occupational aspirations in preadolescent boys and girls, with special attention focused on factors that influence in the choice of typical occupations for each gender.  According to the research, among other factors that influence in the choice are the studies of the child’s parents and...

  • The tiger mosquito is found in Andalusia thanks to a collaborative citizens’ project Español

    SINC | November 05 2014 10:08

    Thanks to a mobile phone app, the tiger mosquito has been discovered for the first time to be present in Andalusia. The insect transmits diseases like chikungunya and dengue fever. This was made possible by public participation via the “” app and subsequent verification by entomologists collaborating in the project.

  • Improving the taste of alcohol-free beer with aromas from the regular beer Español

    SINC | November 03 2014 11:14

    Consumers often complain that alcohol-free beer is tasteless, but some of the aromas it is lacking can be carried across from regular beer. Researchers from the University of Valladolid (Spain) have developed the technique and a panel of tasters has confirmed its effectiveness.

  • Tweet much to gain popularity is an inefficient strategy Español

    SINC | October 30 2014 09:39

    The imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the large majority barely has several dozen followers, means that messages from the more influential have much more impact. Less popular users can compensate for this by increasing their activity and their tweets, but the outcome is costly and inefficient. This was confirmed by an analysis of the social network perfor...

  • Female frogs modify offspring development depending on reproduction date Español

    SINC | October 29 2014 10:18

    Global warming is altering the reproduction of plants and animals, notably accelerating the date when reproduction and other life processes occur. A study by the University of Uppsala (Sweden), including the participation of Spanish researcher Germán Orizaola, has discovered that some amphibians are capable of making their offspring grow at a faster rate if they have been born later due to the...

  • Intelligent materials that work in space Español

    UC3M | October 23 2014 11:48

    ARQUIMEA, a company that began in the Business Incubator in the Science Park of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), will be testing technology it has developed in the International Space Station. The technology is based on intelligent materials that allow objects to be sent into orbit without the use of explosives.

  • 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...