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  • How to get rid of a satellite after its retirement Español

    SINC | September 01 2015 08:47

    Researchers at University of La Rioja (Spain) have developed a new method to eliminate artificial satellites in Highly Elliptical Orbits when they finish their mission. The methodology, which allows for a reduction of both cost and risk, has been tested with the European Space Agency INTEGRAL mission, which will re-enter into the Earth’s atmosphere in order to disintegrate in 2029.

  • Almost 80 species scavenge hunting remains worldwide Español

    SINC | August 04 2015 09:00

    Human activities such as livestock farming, fishing or hunting yearly waste tons of food into natural ecosystems. A large part of this anthropogenic food is provided as carrion and subsidizes a wide range of vertebrate species. Spanish scientists have described for the first time the general structure of scavenger communities worldwide, which consist mainly of birds (66%) and mammals (34%).

  • Spanish university scientific production has almost doubled in the last decade Español

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    UC3M | July 09 2015 14:40

    The publication of scientific articles by Spanish university researchers has grown by 104.24% in the last decade, despite there being no significant increase in the number of professors during the same period. This data comes from the University Research, Development and Innovation annual report, recently published by the Observatorio IUNE, part of Alianza 4U, from the Universitat  Autónom...

  • Viaducts with wind turbines, the new renewable energy source Español

    SINC | June 30 2015 10:42

    Wind turbines could be installed under some of the biggest bridges on the road network to produce electricity. So it is confirmed by calculations carried out by a European researchers team, that have taken a viaduct in the Canary Islands as a reference. This concept could be applied in heavily built-up territories or natural areas with new constructions limitations.

  • Mortality rates in Europe vary depending on the socioeconomic level of the residence area Español

    SINC | June 23 2015 11:17

    For a number of years now, scientific literature has questioned whether mortality rates depend on socioeconomic differences among the population. Recently, a new study carried out in 15 European cities – including Barcelona and Madrid – detected inequalities for the majority of causes, concluding that higher levels of poverty are associated with higher mortality rates and there is a great deal...

  • The majority of amateur athletes undergoing hypoxic training are not advised by specialists Español

    SINC | June 22 2015 09:10

    Physical performance after periods of hypoxic training –in low-oxygen conditions– has become a matter of growing controversy within the scientific community. An international study, with the help of Spanish researchers, compared professional and amateur athletes’ knowledge and understanding of this type of training. According to the results, just 25% of amateurs are assessed and monitored by sp...

  • Highly educated women stop smoking if the cost goes up Español

    SINC | June 16 2015 08:42

    Cigarette prices and images on cigarette packets have an impact on women in terms of continuing to smoke or quitting. In fact, less educated women are more responsive to pictorial labels on cigarette packets, as revealed by a study that has analysed, for the first time, the generation differences among female smokers, a group which, despite policy measures, has not stopped growing.

  • Drinking a lot of beer increases exposure to mycotoxins Español

    SINC | June 15 2015 11:31

    Researchers from the University of Valencia have analysed the mycotoxins produced by certain microscopic fungi in the beer and dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, confirming that these products meet food regulations. Only for heavy beer drinkers – who drink more than a litre a day –, the contribution of this commodity to the daily intake is not negligible, approaching or even exceeding the...

  • The review of scientific studies in journals is subjective and the quality is variable Español

    SINC | June 10 2015 10:19

    Peer reviews in science, in which independent scientists who are experts on the subject assess the paper, is the current strategy for ensuring quality and control in scientific research and, therefore, it is essential for the academic world. However, a study led by the Portuguese, Catarina Ferreira, uncovers why this system frequently receives harsh criticism about its effectiveness and transpa...

  • Light pollution threatens the Balearic shearwater Español

    SINC | June 09 2015 08:30

    Petrel fledglings leave the nest after dark, but these marine birds’ maiden flights towards the sea are hampered by city lights. Many collide or fall to the ground where they are in danger of being run over and vulnerable to predators. Now, a study has evaluated the impact of light pollution on three species of petrels on the Balearic Islands, including the Balearic shearwater, the most threate...