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  • Three-Dimensional Nanomagnets for the computer of tomorrow Español

    SINC | 15 November 2017 08:47

    Since the late 60´s electronic devices have stored and transmitted information (bits) in two-dimensional circuits. Now, researchers at the University of Cambridge have been able to break this barrier by creating a nanoscale magnetic circuit capable of moving information along the three dimensions of space. This breakthrough could lead to an important increase in storage and processing capacitie...

  • A new molecular scissors act like a GPS to improve genome editing Español

    Ana Hernando | 04 July 2017 10:15

    Researchers from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), led by the Spanish researcher Guillermo Montoya, have discovered how Cpf1, a new molecular scissors unzip and cleave DNA. This member of the CRISPR-Cas family displays a high accuracy, capable of acting like a GPS in order to identify its destination within the intricate map of the genome. The high precision of Cpf1 will improve the...

  • Claude Levi- Strauss, the anthropologist who changed social sciences Español

    Claude Levi- Strauss, the anthropologist who changed social sciences

    Wearbeard | 27 November 2013

    On November 28, 1908, Claude Lévi -Strauss was born, a French anthropologist who  influenced generations of scientists and researchers by laying  the foundations of modern anthropology .A French national, born in Brussels, he was the father of the structuralist approach of social sciences and had a great influence in sociology, philosophy, history and theory of literature.In 1934 he w...

  • The lichen that changes its reproductive strategy according to the climate Español

    Adeline Marcos | 30 October 2017 09:25

    Symbiosis between fungi and microalgae gives rise to lichen. Some lichen, however, such as Lobaria scrobiculata, have a unique feature: the fungus establishes a symbiosis with a cyanobacteria, thus requiring water in liquid form to activate photosynthesis. According to a new study, this forces the lichen to concentrate its resources on reproduction in places where water is scarce. For the first...

  • This is how perfluorinated substance pollution is distributed in Spain Español

    Adeline Marcos | 25 October 2017 10:45

    Frying pans, pizza boxes, clothes and textiles are just some of the products which contain perfluoroalkyl compounds, used for their chemical stability and resistance. Their exposure through air, house dust, drinking water and even food, makes them a serious risk for human health. Now a group of scientists reveals the first exposure map of these substances among the Spanish population.

  • "The graphene advances have triggered interest in other 2D materials" Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 31 October 2017 10:30

    Graphene is starring the largest European research initiative to date, Graphene Flagship, but within this megaproject are also being promoted studies of other two-dimensional materials, such as TMD. Their interesting properties can be applied in electronics, spintronics and a third field: valleytronics, as the physicist Dr. Lucian Covaci of the University of Antwerp explains in this interview.

  • Graphene set to go from the lab to the marketplace Español

    Enrique Sacristán | Athens | 30 September 2017 08:00

    In the future, the exceptional properties of graphene will make car seats and aircraft antenna protection enclosures lighter, which will reduce fuel consumption. These are just two examples of the uses of this revolutionary material exhibited during the last week of September in Athens, where companies and research centres presented their latest results for producing it at an industrial level.

  • The brain is still ‘connected’ during non-REM sleep Español

    Laura Chaparro | 30 November 2017 13:17

    When we sleep, our organism goes through different phases of sleep, however the brain remains interconnected during non-REM sleep, which was thought not to happen. The finding by a European team of researchers has also made it possible to analyse the scientific basis of consciousness, an increasingly important field of neuroscience.

  • ‘Low cost android’ to study the brain Español

    Laura Chaparro | 19 October 2017 08:00

    The two main pitfalls of robots which imitate the human body are their control and the difficulty encountered when manufacturing them in a cost-effective manner. Researchers from the MoCoTi European project have designed the prototype of an android which learns how to actuate its own limbs and can be easily duplicated. The device, formed of an artificial brain which controls a tendon-driven rob...

  • “Magnetism in graphene can be controlled with hydrogen atoms” Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 30 November 2017 11:45

    Graphene has extraordinary mechanical and electronic properties, but no magnetic properties. This can be made up for with the help of the lightest element: hydrogen, which transfers its magnetic moment on coming into contact with graphene. This has been demonstrated by a team of European scientists coordinated by the physicist Iván Brihuega from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

  • New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 11 July 2017 10:21

    Last year, the existence of an unknown planet in our solar system was announced. However, this hypothesis was subsequently called into question as biases in the observational data were detected. Now Spanish astronomers have used a novel technique to analyse the orbits of the so-called extreme trans-Neptunian objects and, once again, they point out that there is something perturbing them: a plan...

  • A drug to treat retinal diseases with drops instead of injections Español

    Ana Hernando | 13 November 2017 08:00

    The Spanish firm Sylentis has developed a compound to treat diseases of the retina, such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, which will be administered by ophthalmic drops instead of intraocular injections. The drug, which has been tested in animals, is a small interfering RNA capable of penetrating the cells of the retina and blocking the formation of new blood vessels.

  • Searching for the CRISPR Swiss-army knife Español

    Ana Hernando | 04 December 2017 09:00

    Scientists at the University of Copenhagen, led by the Spanish Professor Guillermo Montoya, are investigating the molecular features of different molecular scissors of the CRISPR-Cas system to shed light on the so-called ‘Swiss-army knives’ of genome editing. Montoya’s research group has visualized the atomic structures of the Cpf1 and Cas9 proteins to analyse each of their properties and pecul...

  • Cretaceous snails conceal themselves in monuments in Madrid Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 31 July 2017 09:05

    The fountains standing next to the Museo del Prado are built using a sedimentary rock full of gastropod shells from the time of the dinosaurs. These fossils have revealed the origin of the stone: forgotten quarries in Redueña, in the province of Madrid, where the building material for the Fountain of Apollo and the Palacio de las Cortes also came from.

  • Action video games to fight dyslexia Español

    SINC | 12 December 2017 09:30

    A study conducted by BCBL, the Basque research center, reveals that action video games improve visual attention and reading ability, two of the deficits suffered by people with dyslexia. The objective is to use the most useful elements of videogames in new software without violent connotations that help to treat this cognitive disorder.

  • The incredible journey of the first African tortoise that arrived in Europe Español

    Adeline Marcos | 29 November 2017 10:30

    About 95 million years ago, a river turtle adapted to marine environments and made an extraordinary migration from the ancient continent of Gondwana, which grouped what is now Africa and South America, to Laurasia, the Northern continental mass of which Europe, Asia and North America were part. Its remains, found in the town of Algora in Guadalajara (Spain) and in Portugal, are the evidence of...