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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
SINC | January 05 2016 09:00
Until now, scientists had observed that some large birds are sociable amongst each other. However, a new study has confirmed that this unique characteristic can also be seen among smaller birds such as the Eurasian siskin, a bird which is able to form bonds that last for a number of years as well as travel long distances in the company of these birds. This intimacy may favour reproduction in ad...
SINC | December 16 2015 09:04
In recent years it has spread the idea that self-employment is associated with greater entrepreneurial activity. However, a study by the University of Oviedo (Spain) has dismantled this myth and shown that self-employed workers in Spain that eventually become entrepreneurs are very few in number. It also stresses that the effect of self-employment on reducing unemployment is weak, due to the hi...