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Sergio Ferrer

Freelance science journalist. Lover of paleontology, Japanese culture, comics, paella and, above all, Madrid. Graduated in Biology.

Graphene activates immune cells helping bone regeneration in mice
27 November 2019 8:00
Sergio Ferrer

A team of Italian researchers from the European consortium Graphene Flagship has discovered that graphene nano-tools can trigger bone formation in a mouse experiment. They hope the discovery will someday have a clinical application.

Humanidades
Angela Saini, author of ‘Superior’
“Racists try to present their arguments with science to make their rhetoric work”

In her new book Superior, science journalist Angela Saini analyses the resurgence of racial science and scientific racism. She fears that this ‘resurrection’ is due to the rise of right-wing extremism and nationalism, and believes that race is first and foremost a matter of power.

Graphene reaches the market... secretly

It is a two-dimensional material that has promised almost magical applications. Almost ten years after its ‘parents’ won a Nobel Prize, its most mundane applications are coming to market. Although the products are not revolutionary, many companies that use graphene do so with a secrecy that stands out against the marketing of others.

Matemáticas, Física y Química
Andre Geim, ‘father’ of graphene
“I am sceptical of patents, that's why I didn’t protect graphene”

Back in 2004, Andre Geim and his colleague Konstantin Novoselov isolated graphene. This kicked off the development of a new material that, despite not having unveiled all its potential yet, earned them the Nobel prize in Physics in 2010.

These insect-inspired robots don't need GPS for orientation

The 'Brains on Board' project is a collaboration between several British universities that partners with the HBP and seeks to ‘translate’ the brains of ants and bees into algorithms that a machine will understand. Its aim is to create equally efficient robots that can be used for rescue, space exploration and terrain analysis.

How to explain science to those who need it most: politicians

In a few days, the Spanish Parliament (Congreso de los Diputados de España) will open its doors to #CienciaenelParlamento, an initiative to ensure that scientific knowledge is taken into account in political decisions. One of its references is POST, the UK’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, which, over the last 30 years, has been providing legislators with information on topics such as genomics and micro-plastics. In London, POST consultants tell us how they work.

An artificial cerebellum that also learns to blink

The Human Brain Project is a mammoth European initiative with many branches. Italian researchers associated with the project have developed a model of the cerebellum with which to study how that area of the brain works and how it is affected when under illness.

The largest European gathering of experts in this topic
Whatever happened to graphene? The answer is in San Sebastian
15 September 2018 8:00
Sergio Ferrer

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.

March 8th, World Women's Day
What would happen if men went on a care strike?

95% of Spanish mothers devote part of their day to children compared to 68% of fathers. Recent studies associate this inequality in family tasks with differences in salaries and job promotion. Stewardship and non-transferable permits are some of the solutions to a problem that some still try to justify is due to biological issues.