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  • New wheat crops as an alternative to a gluten-free diet Español

    SINC | December 12 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 | November 30 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. 

  • Predatory bacterium that kills to obtain bioplastic Español

    Ana Hernando | November 28 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.

  • Microbubbles and ultrasound open the blood–brain barrier to administer drugs Español

    Enrique Sacristán | November 14 2016 09:20

    The impassable blood–brain barrier prevents microorganisms from entering our brain, however it also blocks medicines that could help treat Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Now, a Spanish physicist and other researchers at the University of Columbia (USA) have succeeded in embedding these substances in tiny lipid bubbles, in such a way that ultrasound can be used to...

  • Who thinks only attractive women suffer sexual harassment? Español

    SINC | November 08 2016 09:00

    A few weeks ago Donald Trump described the women who accused him of sexual harassment as "unattractive and horrible". The statements of the controversial political leader are echoed in the results of research from the University of Granada. Scientists claim there are myths that contribute to sexual harassment being seen as something that is brought on by the victim. An incident of har...

  • The Super-Kamiokande detector awaits neutrinos from a supernova Español

    SINC | November 07 2016 08:24

    Only three or four supernovas happen in our galaxy every century. These are super-energetic events that release neutrinos at the speed of light. At the Super-Kamiokande detector in Japan, a new computer system has been installed in order to monitor in real time and inform the scientific community of the arrival of these mysterious particles, which can offer crucial information on the collapse o...

  • Frog and toad larvae become vegetarian when it is hot Español

    SINC | November 02 2016 09:36

    Climate change is currently one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, and one of the groups of animals most affected by the increase in temperature is amphibians. A team of scientists with Spanish participants studied how heat waves affect the dietary choices of three species of amphibian found on the Iberian Peninsula: the European tree frog, the Mediterranean tree frog and the Iberian pain...

  • Training farm-reared partridges to stop them being eaten is possible Español

    SINC | October 31 2016 09:10

    Farm-reared partridges are the object of a new study at the University of León, which has conducted an experiment to demonstrate whether it is possible to train these animals using adult ‘tutor’ birds to improve their survival in the wild. Their findings suggest that this system of learning is effective against their predators.

  • Bilingual brains activate different networks when reading opaque and transparent languages Español

    SINC | October 24 2016 08:43

    Three Spanish researchers have discovered that bilinguals use different neural networks to read languages that are pronounced as they are written – such as the Basque language – from those in which this correspondence does not exist, like English. The results are valuable for teaching reading to adults and children.

  • One of the smallest known earthworms found in Jaén Español

    SINC | October 11 2016 10:29

    Around nine kilometres south of the city of Jaén, Spanish scientists have found a new species of nematode in the compost at a vegetable garden. The specimens found are extremely small, with adults measuring 0.2 mm in length. Moreover, there are no males among these roundworms, making the new nematodes a rare hermaphrodite species.