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  • More than two hours of TV a day increases high blood pressure risk in children by 30% Español

    SINC | February 24 2015 08:43

    A study on European children concludes that spending more than two hours a day in front of a screen increases the probability of high blood pressure by 30%. The article also points out that doing no daily physical activity or doing less than an hour a day increases this risk by 50%.

  • A new study questions the Venezuelan electoral system Español

    SINC | February 23 2015 13:10

    Doubts about the victory of Chavism in the 2004 presidential recall referendum, held in order to decide whether or not Hugo Chavez would remain in power, were the starting point for a study at Carlos III University in Madrid. The study indicates that there are irregularities which cast doubt on the fairness of the Venezuelan electoral system since the time of the referendum.

  • Storks could become poisoned by pesticides during their migration to Africa Español

    SINC | February 23 2015 09:09

    Not all storks migrate to Africa. Many stay for the winter in the Iberian Peninsula, where landfills have become a permanent source of food. Scientists from Extremadura have analysed the presence of pollutants and pesticides (some prohibited in Spain) in the blood of nestlings from three colonies, two of which are close to landfill sites. The results reveal that the main source of contamination...

  • A large amount of mitochondrial toxic agents cross the placenta barrier Español

    Los virus son uno de los principales agentes tóxicos para las mitocondrias. / Fotolia

    SINC | February 18 2015 08:13

    Researchers from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona (Spain) have reviewed ten years’ worth of scientific studies on mitochondrial toxicity in pregnant women. Exposure to toxic agents such as viruses, certain drugs, pesticides, alcohol and tobacco cause mitochondrial diseases about which very little is known, and which are transmitted from the mother to the foetus.

  • Sardines move north due to ocean warming Español

    SINC | February 17 2015 10:52

    Sardines, anchovies and mackerels play a crucial role in marine ecosystems, as well as having a high commercial value. However, the warming of waters makes them vanish from their usual seas and migrate north, as confirmed by a pioneering study analysing 57,000 fish censuses from 40 years. The researchers warn that coastal towns dependent on these fishery resources must adapt their economies.

  • Reforestation with pines wipes out endemic snail species in Catalonia Español

    SINC | February 16 2015 10:41

    The abandonment of land cultivation and reforestation with conifers creates greater uniformity of the landscape and brings with it the depletion or extinction of various open-space-dwelling species, such as snails Oxychilus courquini and Xerocrassa penchinati, native to the Iberian Peninsula. This is one of the main conclusions of a study from two Catalonian centres and the Unive...

  • New algorithms locate where a video was filmed from its images and sounds Español

    SINC | February 11 2015 10:01

    Researchers from the Ramón Llull University (Spain) have created a system capable of geolocating videos by comparing their audiovisual content with a worldwide multimedia database. In the future this could help to find people who have gone missing after posting images on social networks, or even to recognise locations of terrorist executions.

  • New Method to Understand Steel Fracturing Español

    UC3M | February 09 2015 10:00

    Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have visualized step-by-step and on a microscopic level how certain steels fracture when extreme loads are applied to them. This could help to improve these materials, which are used in the automobile industry.

  • Spaniards move over to renting Español

    SINC | February 09 2015 10:00

    The economic recession and changes to the population pyramid have promoted the renting culture in Spain, until now unpopular. Scientists from the Autonomous University of Barcelona have examined the demographic and residential tendencies of Spaniards over the last 30 years and confirm that renting is now the first option considered to access housing. 

  • How to forecast extreme snowfall in Spain Español

    SINC | February 05 2015 09:25

    As of yesterday the entire Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands are in the midst of the first significant cold snap for three winters. However, intense snowfalls, like the one affecting the whole of the north of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands are not as common in the rest of Spain. A team of researchers has analysed the extreme snow that fell in March 2011 in the province of Madri...