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  • The first European earthworm map is drawn Español

    SINC | February 24 2016 07:57

    Despite the abundance of earthworms in soils all around the world, there is a lack of information concerning the geographical distribution of many lumbricid species. Researchers from eight European countries have collected information on earthworm communities to map the biodiversity of these invertebrates and to put soil conservation on the political agenda.

  • Calculating the growth of eucalyptus plantations from the cloud Español

    SINC | February 23 2016 09:34

    A new free application hosted in the cloud estimates the production of eucalyptus plantations in Galicia and the Cantabrian coast (Spain). The tool, named EucaTool, was developed by forestry engineers from the University of Santiago de Compostela in partnership with the company VSonCloud. 

  • Doughnut-shaped holes of killer proteins observed for the first time Español

    SINC | February 16 2016 11:00

    Spanish and German researchers have successfully seen for the first time the pores, shaped like rings and crescent moons, that the Bax protein perforates in mitochondrial membranes. This advance has been achieved thanks to super-resolution microscopy and may help find the “holy grail” of cell suicide, a crucial process in preventing cancer.

  • The mystery about the Chelyabinsk superbolide continues three years later Español

    SINC | February 15 2016 10:00

    In 2013 February 15, the approach of asteroid (367943) Duende to our planet was being closely monitored by both the public and the scientific community worldwide when suddenly a superbolide entered the atmosphere above the region of Chelyabinsk in Russia. Three years and hundreds of published scientific studies later, we are still looking for the origin of such unexpected visitor, that caused d...

  • Improvisation is curbing innovation at small and medium-sized Spanish construction firms Español

    SINC | February 10 2016 08:59

    Small and medium-sized Spanish construction firms prioritize securing contracts and production over any R&D activity. These firms are focused on their day-to-day responsibilities and do not dedicate time to generate creative ideas. Their technological improvements arise as a result of problem-solving at the construction site. However, these innovations are not reported or shared with a...

  • Light and manganese to discover the source of submerged Roman marble Español

    SINC | February 08 2016 10:30

    The Roman Emperors used to spend their summers in the city of Baia, near Naples. With the passage of time, however, the majority of their luxury villas became immersed under water. Italian and Spanish researchers have now applied microscopic and geochemical techniques to confirm that the marble used to cover these ancient Roman buildings came from Carrara and other marble quarries in Turkey and...

  • Galician red foxes present low levels of toxic metals in their bodies Español

    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.

  • Uncommon surnames narrate the family history of those who bear them Español

    Familia Bonet Gonzalez

    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.

  • Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions on the International Space Station Español

    SINC/Enrique Sacristán | 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...

  • An ancestor of the rabbit connects Europe and Asia Español

    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.