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  • Human trafficking, an invisible problem Español

    Trata de humanos

    UC3M | September 30 2014 10:01

    Human trafficking is a problem about which little is known in Spain, due to both the lack of reliable figures as well as the poor coordination among national and international police forces and the social permissiveness with regard to certain behavior related to the sex trade. These are some of the conclusions of a report funded by the European Union and written by a research team in which expe...

  • An anomaly in satellites’ flybys confounds scientists Español

    SINC | September 18 2014 09:28

    When space probes, such as Rosetta and Cassini, fly over certain planets and moons, in order to gain momentum and travel long distances, their speed changes slightly for an unknown reason. A Spanish researcher has now analysed whether or not a hypothetical gravitomagnetic field could have an influence. However, other factors such as solar radiation, tides, or even relativistic effects or dark m...

  • The viability of premature babies is minimal at 22 weeks’ gestation Español

    SINC | September 17 2014 10:23

    A new study analyses the survival rates in Spain of newborns with a gestational age under 26 weeks. The results show that survival under 23 weeks is ‘exceptional’, although other factors such as birth weight and sex also have an influence.

  • Pain tolerance levels between men and women are similar Español

    Los resultados de este estudio señalan más semejanzas que diferencias entre ambos sexos en la aceptación del dolor. / Sinc

    SINC | September 09 2014 09:15

    Resilience, a person’s ability to overcome adverse circumstances, is the main quality associated with pain tolerance among patients and their adjustment to chronic pain. This is the result of a new study carried out at the University of Málaga that shows that the effect of gender on this ability is not as significant as originally thought.

  • The Future of Ultrascale Computing Under Study Español

    uc3m | September 05 2014 13:15

    Some two hundred scientists from more than 40 countries are researching what the next generation of ultrascale computing systems will be like. The study is being carried out under the auspices of NESUS, one of the largest European research networks of this type coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

  • The Iberian Peninsula endured tropical storms in the 18th century and severe droughts in Islamic times Español

    SINC | September 03 2014 09:50

    The first meteorological measurements were taken in the Iberian Peninsula in 1724, which coincides with the year in which Portugal suffered one of the worst storms ever. Later, in 1816, Spain felt the effects of the eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano and almost one thousand years before, in 898, a drought in Al-Andalus was so severe that communities even resorted to cannibalism.  These...

  • The risk of young people driving drunk increases if their parents drink Español

    SINC | August 25 2014 08:56

    If parents consume alcohol, it is more likely that their children will drive under its influence. This is one of the conclusions of a new study analysing the data of more than 30,000 students and their relationship with drinking and driving. The results have been published in the “Adicciones” journal.

  • Study confirms water quality in glass and plastic bottles Español

    SINC | August 18 2014 09:15

    Bottled water sold in Spain is practically free of constituents given off by plastic packaging or glass bottle lids. They are only detected in some cases, albeit in quantities much lower than limits found harmful for health. This was revealed by the analysis of more than 130 types of mineral water by researchers at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research of the Spanish...

  • Forest fires in Spain have evolved with the climate since 1968 Español

    SINC | August 11 2014 09:02

    A group from the University of Alcalá (Spain) has defined the landscape of forest fires on a nationwide scale over the course of 42 years. The research has found that the abandonment of agricultural land and higher temperatures have contributed to intensifying the fires.

  • A new therapy for breast cancer is being designed using wasp venom Español

    SINC | August 04 2014 10:01

    Scientists from the Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB Barcelona) have carried out successful in vitro tests using wasp venom to kill tumour cells. The next step will be to test its efficacy in mouse models.