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  • New LED with luminescent proteins Español

    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.

  • Small birds prefer flying in company Español

    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...

  • Self-employment and entrepreneurship are not synonymous Español

    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...

  • Narcissism, the seed of violence from children towards their parents Español

    SINC | December 15 2015 08:29

    The mirror becomes an object that they cannot live without. They fall in love with their own reflection and believe that they deserve special treatment, becoming aggressive if they don't receive it. For the first time, a Spanish study carried out on 591 adolescents and their parents demonstrates that exposure to violence in the home, a lack of affectionate and positive communication betwee...

  • A DNA analysis of ballast water detects invasive species Español

    SINC | December 09 2015 08:00

    The German research vessel Polarstern covers thousands of kilometres between the northern and southern hemispheres in search of samples of biological material. This ship, however, has some other on board passengers: organisms that can adapt to extreme water temperatures and could potentially invade the new waters where this ice breaker takes them. Upon analysing the DNA present in this vessel's...

  • A ‘ghost from the past’ recalls the infancy of the Milky Way Español

    SINC | December 02 2015 08:38

    When our galaxy was born, around 13,000 million years ago, a plethora of clusters containing millions of stars emerged. But over time, they have been disappearing. However, hidden behind younger stars that were formed later, some old and dying star clusters remain, such as the so-called E 3. European astronomers have now studied this testimony to the beginnings of our galaxy.

  • Global warming won't stop the ‘green cancer’ from spreading Español

    SINC | December 01 2015 08:13

    With its enormous green and purple leaves, the South American miconia tree is invading botanic gardens all around the world on account of its beauty. This plant, however, is called the ‘green cancer’ for its ability to infest new territories. A new study that has identified 91 countries which are at risk for being colonised by this plant warns that the plant's expansion in infested areas w...

  • The risk of developing leishmaniasis multiplies a hundredfold in transplant patients Español

    SINC | November 23 2015 08:50

    Researchers from Spain have analysed the prevalence of leishmaniasis among the population of organ transplant recipients. The findings of this study, published in the journal ‘PLoS Neglected Tropical Disease’, confirm that the risk of developing visceral leishmaniasis ‑the most severe form of the disease which can pose life-threatening complications‑ is more than one hundred times greater in tr...

  • Bird poaching continues to result in victims Español

    SINC | November 17 2015 08:00

    Illegal hunting continues to be a challenge for biodiversity conservation in addition to posing a serious threat to some migratory species. The province of Gipuzkoa in northern Spain, a transit area for birds migrating between Africa and Europe, is an example of just how this illegal activity can severely affect these animals.

  • A 'blood rain' infiltrates villages of Spain Español

    SINC | November 10 2015 09:00

    The rainwater that fell in some of the villages of Zamora (Spain) last autumn brought along a strange traveller: a green microalgae that turns a reddish colour when in a state of stress. Once this microalgae was deposited into fountains and tanks it wasn't long before the water turned red. Researchers from the University of Salamanca have shone light on this 'blood rain' phenomenon, yet they ha...