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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The evolution of the gene responsible for red meat to produce cancer has been revealed Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 18 December 2017 08:12

    A sugar called Neu5Gc, present in red meat, some fish and dairy products, is related to the appearance of spontaneous tumors in humans. Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, led by Spaniard David Álvarez Ponce, have analyzed the evolutionary history of the CMAH gene - which allows the synthesis of this sugar - and shown which groups of animals have lost the gene and therefore are more...

  • Images of the brain refute a theory of the 60s on the domain of language Español

    Laura Chaparro | 19 December 2017 10:57

    A region of the brain that extends through both hemispheres, the planum temporale, is larger in the left than in the right hemisphere. The finding was linked in the 1960s with the hosting of language processing in the left hemisphere, but today European researchers show that this asymmetry is not a marker of language lateralization.

  • The Iberian brown bears do not descend from those fled from the north during the Ice Age Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 26 December 2017 08:00

    According to the glacier refuges theory, after the last glaciations the bears of northern Europe sought shelter in the South. Researchers from A Coruña University reject this idea: they have reconstructed the colonization of brown bears in the Iberian Peninsula and have shown that the lineage of the Pleistocene bears was lost.

  • The Halloween asteroid prepares to return in 2018 Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 19 December 2017 08:00

    There is one year to go until asteroid 2015 TB145 approaches Earth once again, just as it did in 2015 around the night of Halloween, an occasion which astronomers did not pass up to study its characteristics. This dark object measures between 625 and 700 metres, its rotation period is around three hours and, in certain lighting conditions, it resembles a human skull.

  • Predatory bacterium that kills to obtain bioplastic Español

    Ana Hernando | 28 November 2016 09:00

    Spanish researchers have designed a method that uses a predatory bacterium to extract bioplastic materials from the inside of other bacteria, without degrading it. The system, already patented, will make it possible to obtain this type of products at low cost and at industrial scale in bacterial cell factories.

  • "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.

  • “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.

  • When birds meet the high-speed rail Español

    Adeline Marcos | 08 January 2018 09:20

    If a high-speed train runs at 185 m/h through little urbanized areas, it is possible that some animals will be surprised in their path. This is the case of birds such as magpies, pigeons, crows or buzzards, whose death due to run over has not been scientifically analyzed or quantified so far. A study has now allowed obtaining the first estimates in Spain.

  • Artificial intelligence predicts corruption Español

    SINC | 15 January 2018 08:45

    Researchers from the University of Valladolid have created a computer model based on neural networks which provides in which Spanish provinces cases of corruption can appear with greater probability, as well as the conditions that favor their appearance. This alert system confirms that the probabilities increase when the same party stays in government more years.

  • Kubrick mocks nuclear war in Dr. Strangelove Español

    Se cumplen 50 años del estreno de '¿Teléfono rojo? Volamos hacia Moscú'

    Wearbeard | 29 January 2014

    On January 29, 1964, Dr. Strangelove made its U.S. premiere. Stanley Kubrick's black comedy, starring Peter Sellers, played upon the real fears of a world terrified by the prospect of nuclear annihilation.The film was loosely based on the Cold War thriller Red Alert, written by Peter George, and tells the story of how a group of military and  the U.S. president try to stop a nuclear war af...

  • “A massive and global effort is needed find out how the brain works” Español

    Laura Chaparro | 30 January 2018 10:40

    The neuroscientist Gustavo Deco jokes: "Basically, we do not know anything about the brain. This Argentine doctor, a triple doctor in Physics, Computing and Psychology, hopes that the joined efforts of all disciplines reveal the secrets of the most complex organ. He is currently researching the circuitous network of connections that are activated when we do something as apparently simple a...

  • How to attract female talent to the technology business Español

    Ana Hernando | 05 February 2018 10:15

    The long working hours and the discriminatory environment of the technology industry scare women away, despite the fact that the EU has an estimated employment growth of 8% until 2025 in the sector. A study by Catalan universities proposes measures to achieve greater equality of opportunities. According to the specialists, a cultural change in companies is necessary, with new rules for time man...

  • Women, young, Spanish and technology leaders Español

    Ana Hernando | 16 January 2018 08:00

    Video games to help children with dyslexia, chips that allow testing drugs without using laboratory animals, intelligent sensors that detect volcanic eruptions and data analysis to improve e-commerce are technologies developed by four Spanish entrepreneurs. These experts in engineering and computer science stand out in a field clearly dominated by men.

  • Video games to improve mobility after a stroke Español

    SINC | 13 February 2018 10:00

    A joint research by the Basque research center BCBL and the London Imperial College reveals that, after a cerebral infarction, injuries in areas that control attention also cause motility problems. The authors propose to complement physiotherapy with another type of cognitive training, such as video games.

  • Milk Banks: the altruism that saves the lives of the most vulnerable babies Español

    Verónica Fuentes | 19 February 2018 08:00

    Breastfeeding is beneficial for all newborns, but it is essential for premature infants or patients, because it improves their prognosis considerably. However, you cannot always count on it. This is where the generosity of women who donate their milk for creatures that are not theirs comes into play. Spain already has 13 centers that in 2016 distributed almost 7,500 liters to 2,281 babies.

  • A new ultrasound technique shows the brain of rodents in action Español

    Laura Chaparro | 27 February 2018 09:00

    Although there are techniques to analyze what happens in the brain while executing some activity, a new method based on ultrasound solves the problems of the previous ones: it is portable, has a better resolution and can be used in movement. A European team of researchers has validated its effectiveness in active and anesthetized rodents.

  • Yes! The brain can be trained to avoid dyslexia Español

    SINC | 26 February 2018 09:21

    The ability of the brain to synchronize with the tone and intonation of speech influences how language is processed. This concludes a study by the Basque research center BCBL, whose results could help design more effective activities to train the brain in order to avoid future disorders such as dyslexia.

  • Film and literature surrender to rarity Español

    Laura Chaparro | 28 February 2018 08:00

    On the big screen and in the novels the characters can be as tall as giants, of short stature or with facial alterations. And it's not about fiction: they suffer from rare diseases. The patients celebrate that their ailments appear in the cinema and in the literature, but they ask for more realism and that their presence stops being exceptional.

  • The rejection of vaccines is neither healthy nor ecological Español

    Marcos Pérez Maldonado | 26 February 2018 13:20

    Last week, in A Coruña, several speeches by activists of the anti-vaccines movement during a fair of organic products and responsible consumption were announced. The public debate made the City Council react, which got the organization to cancel the conferences. Should these activities be considered as a crime against public health?

  • Why we should not lose the fear of measles Español

    Verónica Fuentes | 07 March 2018 08:00

    Measles infections have rebounded. After reaching historical lows in Europe in 2016, last year cases quadrupled with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 deaths. The loss of respect for the disease has propagated unscientific theories that question the importance of vaccination. But the virus does not rest.

  • Megacities at high risk due to climate change Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 12 March 2018 09:10

    Several coastal cities of the USA and China are in danger due to sea-level rise that will take place if adaptation measures against climate change are not taken. A study led by the Basque Center for Climate Change on the 120 largest cities in the world warns of the fate that will run large cities such as New Orleans, Canton, Shanghai, Boston and New York.

  • Men occupy 75% of the positions of maximum responsibility in the Spanish media Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 02 March 2018 14:44

    The precariousness in the media focuses on women journalists: among the members of the editorial offices with university studies that charge less than 1,000 Euros, 85% are women. In addition, men hold three quarters of the positions of maximum managerial responsibility and two thirds of the positions of decision-making on the contents. An international study with the participation of Spanish re...

  • How to break the glass ceiling in neuroscience? Español

    Laura Chaparro | 17 March 2018 08:00

    In the largest European project on the human brain, the Human Brain Project, 85% of leaders are men. To try to correct imbalances like this, the consortium has organized a conference on gender and diversity in Madrid. The experts, mostly women, propose structural changes and education in equality.