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  • 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...

  • New wheat crops as an alternative to a gluten-free diet Español

    SINC | December 12 2016 08:46

    Wheat, one of the most widely consumed grains in the world, contains gluten, a mixture of proteins that can be toxic for people with coeliac disease. A new study that analysed the toxic components of these proteins in various varieties of wheat makes the first step forward towards developing wheat-based products that are safe for coeliacs.

  • Iguanas partner with the plants of the Galápagos Islands Español

    SINC | November 30 2016 11:05

    The isolation of ocean islands like the Galápagos prevents the arrival of large mammals, which disperse the seeds of many plants by ingesting them. In the absence of mammals, this function is filled by birds, tortoises, lizards and iguanas. To date, no investigation had been carried out into the role iguanas play with at least ten species of plants. 

  • Predatory bacterium that kills to obtain bioplastic Español

    Ana Hernando | November 28 2016 09:00

    Spanish researchers have designed a method that uses a predatory bacterium to extract bioplastic materials from the inside of other bacteria, without degrading it. The system, already patented, will make it possible to obtain this type of products at low cost and at industrial scale in bacterial cell factories.

  • Microbubbles and ultrasound open the blood–brain barrier to administer drugs Español

    Enrique Sacristán | November 14 2016 09:20

    The impassable blood–brain barrier prevents microorganisms from entering our brain, however it also blocks medicines that could help treat Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Now, a Spanish physicist and other researchers at the University of Columbia (USA) have succeeded in embedding these substances in tiny lipid bubbles, in such a way that ultrasound can be used to...

  • Who thinks only attractive women suffer sexual harassment? Español

    SINC | November 08 2016 09:00

    A few weeks ago Donald Trump described the women who accused him of sexual harassment as "unattractive and horrible". The statements of the controversial political leader are echoed in the results of research from the University of Granada. Scientists claim there are myths that contribute to sexual harassment being seen as something that is brought on by the victim. An incident of har...

  • The Super-Kamiokande detector awaits neutrinos from a supernova Español

    SINC | November 07 2016 08:24

    Only three or four supernovas happen in our galaxy every century. These are super-energetic events that release neutrinos at the speed of light. At the Super-Kamiokande detector in Japan, a new computer system has been installed in order to monitor in real time and inform the scientific community of the arrival of these mysterious particles, which can offer crucial information on the collapse o...