SINC | September 20 2016 10:30
The next time you wrap up your work day and realise you’ve been sitting in front of the computer for almost eight straight hours, maybe you won’t feel so proud of yourself. A new study, conducted in 54 countries around the world, declares that 3.8% of all deaths are due to the fact that society spends more than three hours a day sitting down.
SINC | September 13 2016 09:45
In recent years there has been increasing medical interest in correcting teeth that do not touch perfectly in order to prevent problems such as jaw pain, gaps between teeth and crowding. Now, a new study carried out by Spanish researchers has concluded that dental occlusion is also related to the control of posture and balance.
SINC | September 07 2016 08:00
The merger of two black holes, such as the one which produced the gravitational waves discovered by the LIGO Observatory, is considered an extremely complex process that can only be simulated by the world’s most powerful supercomputers. However, two theoretical physicists from the University of Barcelona have demonstrated that what occurs on the space-time boundary of the two merging objects ca...
SINC | August 16 2016 09:00
The cave bear who once inhabited the Iberian peninsula up until 24,000 years ago used to return to the cave in which it was born to hibernate and raise its young. This habit played an important role in its extinction and furthermore explains why only one genetic lineage can be detected in each of the caves where remains have been found.
SINC | August 08 2016 09:00
Researchers from several European centres have identified the main sources by which the griffon vulture is exposed to lead, mapping the spatio-temporal risk associated to the contaminant. These maps could be a useful tool in mitigating the effects of highly toxic contaminants.
SINC | July 26 2016 09:00
New sentiment analysis algorithms developed by researchers at the University of Salamanca are able to monitor the social network Twitter in search of violent groups. The system analyses both the messages these individuals share and how their relationships develop. Spanish law enforcement authorities have already expressed interest in the tool.
SINC | July 18 2016 09:18
When we exercise, our body’s oxidation of fat and carbohydrates depends on the intensity and duration of the activity. A new study analyses the effect of consuming an alkaloid, p-synephrine, on the burning of lipids and refutes the value of “miracle” diets: it is not possible to lose more than a kilogramme of fat per month.
SINC | July 11 2016 09:30
The Eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki), also known as the mosquitofish, is one of the world’s 100 most invasive species. To understand its expansion across Europe from Spain –where it was introduced in the 1920s– a group of Spanish researchers has analysed, for the first time, the evolutionary changes of this animal through its genes. According to the study, genetic variability has allo...
SINC | July 06 2016 09:43
Football enthusiasts suspected it, but now statistics is confirming it. After analysing all the matches of the Spanish league “La Liga” from the 2014-2015 season, two experts in sports science have found that the greater the difference on the scoreboard, the less stoppage time is added to the end of the game. When the score is tighter, however, referees tend to add more stoppage time when the t...
SINC | June 27 2016 08:29
The Mediterranean Basin has been witness to increased droughts for at least five decades, but has this always been the case? A team from the University of Zaragoza has been successful in reconstructing, for the first time, the droughts from 1694 to 2012 based on the precipitation index and the study of tree growth rings. According to the study, the twelve months leading up to July 2012 were the...