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  • The microworm of Jaén whose males have no penis Español

    Adeline Marcos | February 28 2017 09:45

    In the most arid areas where there is little to no water, there live nematodes of no more than 1 mm which feed on bacteria and help to mineralise soil and produce nutrients. In an orchard of Jaén a new species has appeared with a feature that makes them unique on the Iberian Peninsula: the males lack the copulatory organ.

  • Elderly people who choose the wrong shoes have a lower quality of life Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | February 27 2017 09:10

    As people get older, they experience changes in their foot morphology. If they do not change their shoe size along with these transformations, older people – most of whom choose the wrong shoes – suffer, among other things, anxiety, apathy, loss of balance and falls, according to a study by the University of A Coruña.

  • The first Iberian lynx infected by the pseudorabies virus Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | February 20 2017 09:02

    Matojo, the nine-month-old Iberian lynx cub found dead in 2015 in Extremadura, did not die from natural causes. His necropsy shows that it was the pseudorabies virus that triggered his sudden demise. Before this case, contagion of this infectious disease was only known in one wild cat in the world, a Florida panther. 

  • Fluorescence method detects mercury contamination in fish Español

    Enrique Sacristán | February 15 2017 11:50

    Researchers from the University of Burgos (Spain) have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury that may be present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna. According to the conclusions of another Spanish study, mercury exposure is linked to reduced foetal and placental growth in pregnant women.

  • Bohr’s quantum theory revised Español

    SINC | January 31 2017 08:00

    Bohr’s atomic model was utterly revolutionary when it was presented in 1913 but, although it is still taught in schools, it became obsolete decades ago. However, its creator also developed a much wider-ranging and less known quantum theory, the principles of which changed over time. Researchers at the University of Barcelona have now analysed the development in the Danish physicist’s thought –...

  • The wren’s song becomes more complex in the city Español

    SINC | January 30 2017 10:06

    The European wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a bird with a very characteristic song, with an intensity that does not tend to co-exist with low-frequency noise. However, researchers from the University of Salamanca explain in a study that their songs have become more complex in cities.

  • How to stop pain from serious burns using epigenetics Español

    Verónica Fuentes | January 25 2017 12:35

    The unpleasant sensation sparked by the nervous system when confronted with a harmful stimulus can be alleviated by blocking a genetic marker that switches off the activity of the neurons involved. Jose Vicente Torres Pérez, a Spanish researcher who works at Imperial College in London, has trialled this innovative pain relief therapy on mice with serious burns. The aim is to use his findings to...

  • Luminescent proteins provide colour to ecological and cheap Bio-displays Español

    SINC | January 16 2017 09:47

    Mobile phone, computer and TV displays all use very expensive colour filters and other components, which cannot be easily recycled. German and Spanish scientists have designed a new screen, which is cheaper and ecological as it uses a hybrid material. This material’s luminescent proteins can be used in backlighting systems and colour filters made using a 3D printing technique.

  • 62% of university students in Spain have experienced gender violence Español

    SINC | January 10 2017 11:30

    The first research on violence against women at Spanish universities reveals that 62% of the student body know or have experienced situations of gender violence in the university community. The study also alerts us to the fact that such violence often goes unreported and the lack of knowledge to identify these situations.

  • We attended the bond of two stars of chemistry: graphene and porphyrin Español

    SINC | January 03 2017 08:09

    Porphyrins, the same molecules that convey oxygen in haemoglobin and absorb light during photosynthesis, can be joined to the material of the future, graphene, to give it new properties. This was recently shown by a team of scientists at the Technical University of Munich, in which a Spanish researcher also participated. The resulting hybrid structures could be used in the field of molecular el...