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  • Human activities threaten weasel´s survival Español

    Adeline Marcos | November 20 2018 09:30

    Widely distributed throughout Eurasia and North America, the weasel –the smallest species among mustelids– shows no apparent problems. But a study conducted in the last two decades reveals that this small carnivore is becoming less frequent in the northeast of our country due to the change in land use and climate change.

  • A new atlas of the thalamus nuclei to better understand the brain Español

    Thalamic nuclei

    SINC | November 14 2018 09:50

    A multidisciplinary study led by BCBL, a Basque research centre, opens the door to the investigation of the structure and functions of human thalamic nuclei and their involvement in Alzheimer's, dyslexia, epilepsy, Huntington’s and schizophrenia.

  • Popular science helps to discover the abundance of this jellyfish Español

    Karen Kienberger with the jellyfish Rhizostoma luteum. / Darius Enayati

    Adeline Marcos | November 12 2018 09:30

    When the Rhizostoma luteum jellyfish was discovered at the beginning of the 19th century in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, only nine specimens were identified. For years, it was so inconspicuous that later, in the 20th century, it failed to turn up for six decades. A team of scientists, with the help of a citizen initiative, has now confirmed that it is not really as difficult to find a...

  • The electronic cigarette is not free from toxic elements Español

    Adeline Marcos | October 23 2018 09:00

    Tobacco is one of the main sources of toxic substances in the human body. Many people opt for the alternative, the electronic cigarette, to avoid health risks. But a new study reveals that vaping entails the inhalation of inorganic elements, especially rare earth elements, whose toxicity is still unknown.

  • Older people are doing increasingly less physical exercise Español

    hombre mayor con una bicicleta

    SINC | October 16 2018 08:00

    A research led by the University of Jaén reveals that people over 65 are not performing enough physical activity. Experts emphasize the importance of preserving physical performance to prevent the negative consequences of aging.

  • Planet X makes a comeback: a great divide among astronomers Español

    Carlos de la Fuente Marcos | October 04 2018 10:25

    The very elongated orbit of “The Goblin” or 2015 TG387, a 200 miles wide extreme trans-Neptunian object (ETNO) that travels the very outskirts of the Solar System, has led its discoverers to think that its orbit is affected by the presence of an unknown planet X. However, other astronomers consider that the paths of this and other ETNOs can be explained as resulting from peculiar orbital diffus...

  • An upper-class woman with higher education: the profile of the homeopathy user in Spain Español

    Verónica Fuentes | September 28 2018 08:05

    A new study identifies the typical pattern of homeopathy consumers in Spain, based on data from the CIS (Centre for Sociological Research) barometer, published last February. The results show that the profile is that of a middle- or upper-class woman of about 46, with higher education and a progressive political ideology.

  • An ultra-thin 'Teflon' for reactivating graphene Español

    SINC | September 17 2018 10:11

    The extraordinary mechanical and electronic properties of graphene endow this material with features suitable for a multitude of potential applications. They can be even more extended by covalent graphene functionalization but graphene presents a challenge: low reactivity. One of the solutions is to manufacture graphene derivatives from fluorographene, which, with new solvents and techniques fo...

  • Whatever happened to graphene? The answer is in San Sebastian Español

    Sergio Ferrer | September 15 2018 08:00

    More than 600 experts from 43 countries have gathered in San Sebastian this week to exchange ideas and share their work on this substance. Their ultimate goal: to take this material out of the laboratory to make the promised revolution a reality. This is the Graphene Week, which this year has received the visit of the ‘father’ of graphene, Andre Geim.

  • Our brain predicts words before they are pronounced Español

    hombre y mujer hablando

    SINC | September 11 2018 09:30

    The brain is not only able to finish the sentences of others. A study by the Basque research centre BCBL has shown for the first time that it can also anticipate an auditory stimulus and determine the phonemes and specific words the speaker is going to pronounce.