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  • Wall lizard becomes accustomed to humans and stops hiding Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | March 22 2017 09:00

    Habituating to predators or fleeing and hiding are tactics that vary between species. Scientists from two research centres in Italy and Spain have observed that adult male common wall lizards sharing their living spaces with humans become accustomed to them and hide less when humans approach them. Yellow lizards were the most “daring”. 

  • An algorithm that knows when you’ll get bored with your favourite mobile game Español

    Ana Hernando | March 21 2017 08:00

    Researchers from the Tokyo-based company Silicon Studio, led by Spanish data scientist África Periáñez, have developed a new algorithm that predicts when a user will leave a mobile game. This information is useful for game studios so that they can design strategies to maintain the player's interest.

  • "We print Lego-stack devices with graphene and other 2D materials inks" Español

    Enrique Sacristán | March 13 2017 09:00

    Professor Cinzia Casiraghi leads a laboratory specializing in graphene and other 2-Dimensional materials at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom), with which they manufacture photodetectors and electronic memories by means of ink-jet printing. Getting up to this point has not been an easy task for this Italian engineer, as she explained during the meeting Women in Graphene held recently...

  • Does the drop in Spanish high-speed train prices constitute an act of unfair competition? Español

    SINC | March 13 2017 08:34

    When the owner of the infrastructure and the train operator companies are both managed by the government, the rail infrastructure fee policy set may prompt unfair competition with other transport modes, such as the bus for short routes or the plane for long distances. This could be the case of the Spain’s state owned transport company, RENFE, and the railway infrastructure owner, ADIF, as an an...

  • A virus lethal to amphibians is spreading across Portugal Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | March 08 2017 10:30

    A new strain of ranavirus is currently causing mass mortality in several species of amphibian in the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in continental Portugal. This infectious agent is hypervirulent and also affects fish and reptiles, which complicates the situation, according to a study boasting the collaboration of the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid.

  • How much sun is good for our health? Español

    Verónica Fuentes | March 07 2017 10:00

    Spanish researchers have estimated the duration of solar radiation exposure required in order to obtain the recommended doses of vitamin D. While in spring and summer 10 to 20 minutes in the sun are enough, in the winter months almost two hours would be needed, therefore for the vast majority of the population it is difficult to achieve the optimal values.

  • The microworm of Jaén whose males have no penis Español

    Adeline Marcos | February 28 2017 09:45

    In the most arid areas where there is little to no water, there live nematodes of no more than 1 mm which feed on bacteria and help to mineralise soil and produce nutrients. In an orchard of Jaén a new species has appeared with a feature that makes them unique on the Iberian Peninsula: the males lack the copulatory organ.

  • Elderly people who choose the wrong shoes have a lower quality of life Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | February 27 2017 09:10

    As people get older, they experience changes in their foot morphology. If they do not change their shoe size along with these transformations, older people – most of whom choose the wrong shoes – suffer, among other things, anxiety, apathy, loss of balance and falls, according to a study by the University of A Coruña.

  • The first Iberian lynx infected by the pseudorabies virus Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | February 20 2017 09:02

    Matojo, the nine-month-old Iberian lynx cub found dead in 2015 in Extremadura, did not die from natural causes. His necropsy shows that it was the pseudorabies virus that triggered his sudden demise. Before this case, contagion of this infectious disease was only known in one wild cat in the world, a Florida panther. 

  • Fluorescence method detects mercury contamination in fish Español

    Enrique Sacristán | February 15 2017 11:50

    Researchers from the University of Burgos (Spain) have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury that may be present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna. According to the conclusions of another Spanish study, mercury exposure is linked to reduced foetal and placental growth in pregnant women.