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  • Spanish university scientific production has almost doubled in the last decade Español


    UC3M | July 09 2015 14:40

    The publication of scientific articles by Spanish university researchers has grown by 104.24% in the last decade, despite there being no significant increase in the number of professors during the same period. This data comes from the University Research, Development and Innovation annual report, recently published by the Observatorio IUNE, part of Alianza 4U, from the Universitat  Autónom...

  • Viaducts with wind turbines, the new renewable energy source Español

    SINC | June 30 2015 10:42

    Wind turbines could be installed under some of the biggest bridges on the road network to produce electricity. So it is confirmed by calculations carried out by a European researchers team, that have taken a viaduct in the Canary Islands as a reference. This concept could be applied in heavily built-up territories or natural areas with new constructions limitations.

  • Mortality rates in Europe vary depending on the socioeconomic level of the residence area Español

    SINC | June 23 2015 11:17

    For a number of years now, scientific literature has questioned whether mortality rates depend on socioeconomic differences among the population. Recently, a new study carried out in 15 European cities – including Barcelona and Madrid – detected inequalities for the majority of causes, concluding that higher levels of poverty are associated with higher mortality rates and there is a great deal...

  • The majority of amateur athletes undergoing hypoxic training are not advised by specialists Español

    SINC | June 22 2015 09:10

    Physical performance after periods of hypoxic training –in low-oxygen conditions– has become a matter of growing controversy within the scientific community. An international study, with the help of Spanish researchers, compared professional and amateur athletes’ knowledge and understanding of this type of training. According to the results, just 25% of amateurs are assessed and monitored by sp...

  • Highly educated women stop smoking if the cost goes up Español

    SINC | June 16 2015 08:42

    Cigarette prices and images on cigarette packets have an impact on women in terms of continuing to smoke or quitting. In fact, less educated women are more responsive to pictorial labels on cigarette packets, as revealed by a study that has analysed, for the first time, the generation differences among female smokers, a group which, despite policy measures, has not stopped growing.

  • Drinking a lot of beer increases exposure to mycotoxins Español

    SINC | June 15 2015 11:31

    Researchers from the University of Valencia have analysed the mycotoxins produced by certain microscopic fungi in the beer and dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, confirming that these products meet food regulations. Only for heavy beer drinkers – who drink more than a litre a day –, the contribution of this commodity to the daily intake is not negligible, approaching or even exceeding the...

  • The review of scientific studies in journals is subjective and the quality is variable Español

    SINC | June 10 2015 10:19

    Peer reviews in science, in which independent scientists who are experts on the subject assess the paper, is the current strategy for ensuring quality and control in scientific research and, therefore, it is essential for the academic world. However, a study led by the Portuguese, Catarina Ferreira, uncovers why this system frequently receives harsh criticism about its effectiveness and transpa...

  • Light pollution threatens the Balearic shearwater Español

    SINC | June 09 2015 08:30

    Petrel fledglings leave the nest after dark, but these marine birds’ maiden flights towards the sea are hampered by city lights. Many collide or fall to the ground where they are in danger of being run over and vulnerable to predators. Now, a study has evaluated the impact of light pollution on three species of petrels on the Balearic Islands, including the Balearic shearwater, the most threate...

  • Spanish software tracks the source of faecally polluted water Español

    SINC | June 08 2015 10:40

    Spanish scientists have developed a new piece of software to predict the source of faecal pollution in seas, reservoirs and rivers. The system, called Ichnaea, uses the automatic learning and analysis of various biological indicators to make highly reliable predictions of this type of pollution, which poses a serious health risk. The team is now looking for funding to move the whole application...

  • Ultrasound and algorithms to diagnose bacterial meningitis in babies Español

    SINC | June 03 2015 09:20

    Currently the only test to diagnose bacterial meningitis in babies is through a lumbar puncture, a painful and difficult procedure to perform. For this reason, a group of biomedical engineers decided to search for an alternative and developed a portable device that can detect this illness with a simple ultrasound scan of the fontanelle. The high-resolution image obtained is then analysed with a...