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  • Are your muscles genetically prepared to run a marathon? Español

    Verónica Fuentes | 05 April 2017 10:11

    For a few years, running has been fashionable. But there is a great difference between the physical demands of running a few kilometres and doing a marathon. Now Spanish researchers have concluded that genetics plays an essential role in success when completing this long distance.

  • The last ‘caimans’ living in Spain Español

    Adeline Marcos | 28 March 2017 10:30

    Sixteen million years ago, the reptile Diplocynodon ratelii lived in wooded ecosystems among the lakes and pools of what we know today as Catalonia (Spain). Fossils found at the Els Casots site in the Vallès-Penedès Basin confirm not only that these are the most recent remains of the genus in the Iberian Peninsula, but also that temperatures at the time were higher than today’s.

  • New smart system to reduce queues at roundabouts Español

    SINC | 27 March 2017 08:58

    Long queues at certain approaches to some roundabouts could be reduced using magnetic detection devices under the road surface, which would activate a traffic metering signal at another, less congested approach. Researchers at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain) have released a guide for technicians to implement this intelligent traffic system, already used on roundabouts in Austral...

  • Wall lizard becomes accustomed to humans and stops hiding Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 22 March 2017 09:00

    Habituating to predators or fleeing and hiding are tactics that vary between species. Scientists from two research centres in Italy and Spain have observed that adult male common wall lizards sharing their living spaces with humans become accustomed to them and hide less when humans approach them. Yellow lizards were the most “daring”. 

  • An algorithm that knows when you’ll get bored with your favourite mobile game Español

    Ana Hernando | 21 March 2017 08:00

    Researchers from the Tokyo-based company Silicon Studio, led by Spanish data scientist África Periáñez, have developed a new algorithm that predicts when a user will leave a mobile game. This information is useful for game studios so that they can design strategies to maintain the player's interest.

  • Does the drop in Spanish high-speed train prices constitute an act of unfair competition? Español

    SINC | 13 March 2017 08:34

    When the owner of the infrastructure and the train operator companies are both managed by the government, the rail infrastructure fee policy set may prompt unfair competition with other transport modes, such as the bus for short routes or the plane for long distances. This could be the case of the Spain’s state owned transport company, RENFE, and the railway infrastructure owner, ADIF, as an an...

  • A virus lethal to amphibians is spreading across Portugal Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 08 March 2017 10:30

    A new strain of ranavirus is currently causing mass mortality in several species of amphibian in the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in continental Portugal. This infectious agent is hypervirulent and also affects fish and reptiles, which complicates the situation, according to a study boasting the collaboration of the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid.

  • How much sun is good for our health? Español

    Verónica Fuentes | 07 March 2017 10:00

    Spanish researchers have estimated the duration of solar radiation exposure required in order to obtain the recommended doses of vitamin D. While in spring and summer 10 to 20 minutes in the sun are enough, in the winter months almost two hours would be needed, therefore for the vast majority of the population it is difficult to achieve the optimal values.

  • The microworm of Jaén whose males have no penis Español

    Adeline Marcos | 28 February 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 | 27 February 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.