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  • Vultures warn us of environmental contamination Español

    SINC | August 08 2016 09:00

    Researchers from several European centres have identified the main sources by which the griffon vulture is exposed to lead, mapping the spatio-temporal risk associated to the contaminant. These maps could be a useful tool in mitigating the effects of highly toxic contaminants.

  • Violent groups revealed on Twitter Español

    SINC | July 26 2016 09:00

    New sentiment analysis algorithms developed by researchers at the University of Salamanca are able to monitor the social network Twitter in search of violent groups. The system analyses both the messages these individuals share and how their relationships develop. Spanish law enforcement authorities have already expressed interest in the tool.

  • How to increase the fat burned during exercise Español

    SINC | July 18 2016 09:18

    When we exercise, our body’s oxidation of fat and carbohydrates depends on the intensity and duration of the activity. A new study analyses the effect of consuming an alkaloid, p-synephrine, on the burning of lipids and refutes the value of “miracle” diets: it is not possible to lose more than a kilogramme of fat per month. 

  • The invasive success of the mosquitofish is due to its genetic variability Español

    SINC | July 11 2016 09:30

    The Eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki), also known as the mosquitofish, is one of the world’s 100 most invasive species. To understand its expansion across Europe from Spain –where it was introduced in the 1920s– a group of Spanish researchers has analysed, for the first time, the evolutionary changes of this animal through its genes. According to the study, genetic variability has allo...

  • Referees add more extra time when the big teams are losing Español

    SINC | July 06 2016 09:43

    Football enthusiasts suspected it, but now statistics is confirming it. After analysing all the matches of the Spanish league “La Liga” from the 2014-2015 season, two experts in sports science have found that the greater the difference on the scoreboard, the less stoppage time is added to the end of the game. When the score is tighter, however, referees tend to add more stoppage time when the t...

  • Radiography of drought periods in Spain from the last 318 years Español

    SINC | June 27 2016 08:29

    The Mediterranean Basin has been witness to increased droughts for at least five decades, but has this always been the case? A team from the University of Zaragoza has been successful in reconstructing, for the first time, the droughts from 1694 to 2012 based on the precipitation index and the study of tree growth rings. According to the study, the twelve months leading up to July 2012 were the...

  • Public urinal generates electricity from urine Español

    SINC | June 22 2016 09:00

    Pee can be transformed into electricity with the help of bacterial metabolism, thanks to a device created by researchers at the University of the West of England, where Spanish researchers are working. A test cubicle was installed at Glastonbury festival, but the final aim is to improve sanitation facilities in Developing World countries or in areas where there is limited electricity generation...

  • First direct evidence for ultra-fast responses in human amygdala to fear Español

    Imagen cerebral en la que aparecen coloreadas la amígdala (azul) y el hipocampo (amarillo). / Stephan Moratti.

    UCM | June 13 2016 17:00

    For the first time, an international team of scientists lead by researchers from the Campus de Excelencia Internacional Moncloa (UCM-UPM) has shown that the amygdala in the human brain is able to detect possible threats in the visual environment at ultra-fast time scales. By measuring the electrical activity in the amygdala of patients that had been implanted with electrodes in order to better...

  • Extreme trans-Neptunian objects lead the way to Planet Nine Español

    SINC | June 08 2016 10:02

    In the race towards the discovery of a ninth planet in our solar system, scientists from around the world strive to calculate its orbit using the tracks left by the small bodies that move well beyond Neptune. Now, astronomers from Spain and University of Cambridge have confirmed, with new calculations, that the orbits of the six extreme trans-Neptunian objects that served as a reference to anno...

  • The mysterious sexual life of the most primitive dragonfly Español

    SINC | May 30 2016 11:23

    The dragonfly considered the most primitive in the world lives in Australia and Tasmania, and was believed to be extinct four decades ago. But it is far from being so. A Spanish researcher has observed thousands of these insects in one of the few habitats in which it has been detected and it displays sexual behaviour that is unique, not only directed towards reproduction.