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  • Scientists provide a more accurate age for the El Sidrón cave Neanderthals Español

    SINC | 27 March 2013 09:13

    A study has been able to accurately determine the age of the Neanderthal remains found in the El Sidrón cave (Asturias, Spain) for which previous studies had provided inexact measurements. The application of a pre-treatment to reduce contamination by modern carbon has managed to lower the margin of error from 40,000 to just 3,200 years.

  • Better-educated parents feed children fewer fats and less sugar Español

    a girl is eating broccoli

    SINC | 26 March 2013 09:40

    The level of education of parents has an influence on the frequency with which their children eat foods linked to obesity. The children of parents with low and medium levels of education eat fewer vegetables and fruit and more processed products and sweet drinks.

  • Geostatistical method predicts urban pollution Español

    SINC | 25 March 2013 09:44

    Researchers from the University of Castilla-La Mancha have developed a measurement system which permits the prediction of atmospheric pollution due to nitrogen oxides in a specific location and at a particular time. The study is supported by a massive database from urban areas in the Community of Madrid.

  • Answering messages behind the wheel is as dangerous as being twice over the limit Español

    SINC | 12 March 2013 11:15

    Scientists from various Australian universities in collaboration with the University of Barcelona have compared the effects of mobile use while driving with the effects of alcohol using a simulation. Their experiment demonstrates that using a handsfree kit or sending text messages is the same as being above the legal alcohol limit.

  • Four dinosaur egg species identified in Lleida Español

    SINC | 11 March 2013 09:29

    A study headed by the Miquel Crusafont Catalan Palaeontology Institute has for the first time documented detailed records of dinosaur egg fossils in the Coll de Nargó archaeological site in Lleida, Spain. Up until now, only one type of dinosaur egg had been documented in the region.

  • Maternal obesity increases the risk of frequent wheezing in offspring Español

    woman pregnant

    SINC | 07 March 2013 10:40

    The fact that excess weight during pregnancy has negative consequences is not new information. A new study now concludes that the children of mothers obese before falling pregnant are four times more likely to have frequent wheezing, which is one of the symptoms of asthma, compared to the children of mothers weighing a normal weight.

  • The dynamic of Spain’s population follows the maximum entropy principle Español

    Los investigadores han observado que a nivel colectivo obedecemos a patrones que se pueden predecir matemáticamente. /

    SINC | 06 March 2013 09:43

    A team of Spanish and Argentinean researchers have verified that the distribution of the inhabitants in each Spanish province evolves in accordance with the maximum entropy principle in the field of physics. Therefore, this evolution is predictable. The results have allowed authors to put forward a ‘socio-thermodynamic’ theory that applies the laws of thermodynamics to collective human behaviour.

  • Physical activity does not protect against in situ breast cancer Español

    mujeres haciendo deporte

    SINC | 27 February 2013 09:45

    Non-invasive or in situ breast cancer is characterised by the fact that it does not invade or does not multiply in other cells and unlike invasive breast cancer, it is not benefited by physical exercise. The experts suggest that exercise would only have protective effects once the tumour starts to invade the breast tissue.

  • An atlas of the human heart is drawn using statistics Español

    SINC | 26 February 2013 09:31

    Researchers at Pompeu Fabra University (Spain) have created a high resolution atlas of the heart with 3D images taken from 138 people. The study demonstrates that an average image of an organ along with its variations can be obtained for the purposes of comparing individual cases and differentiating healthy forms from pathologies.

  • Two new species of mushroom documented in the Iberian Peninsula Español

    SINC | 25 February 2013 09:22

    In collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens of Madrid and the Slovenian Forestry Institute, researchers in the Basque Country have documented two new species of Hydnum, commonly known as ox tongue mushrooms, as part of their study published in the ‘Mycologia’ journal. This genus is known because many of its fungi are edible.