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  • The first Iberian lynx infected by the pseudorabies virus Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 20 February 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 | 15 February 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 | 31 January 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 | 30 January 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 | 25 January 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 | 16 January 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 | 10 January 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 | 03 January 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 | 12 December 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 | 30 November 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.