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Innovación
Rosa Arias, coordinator of the European project D-NOSES
The entrepreneur who will put odour pollution on the map
5 June 2018 8:00
Ana Hernando

The unpleasant odours generated by factories, livestock farms and landfills are warning signs of serious environmental problems. However, this type of pollution is largely forgotten by legislations. The chemical engineer Rosa Arias has decided to change this and has developed an app with which citizens can register the effluvia of their environment. Also, she is the leader of an European project that is preparing the first global odour map.

Are Breast Cancer Apps Reliable?
24 April 2018 8:00
Ana Hernando

A group of researchers has analyzed 599 mobile applications for breast cancer found in Apple and Google stores, and has concluded that most have been developed with little medical criteria. The authors have observed different levels of disinformation in these 'apps', ranging from material of questionable origin, offering information without citing any sources, to dangerous prescriptions.

Innovación
Ana Maiques, CEO and co-founder of Neuroelectrics
The businesswoman who wants to cure brains from home
29 March 2018 8:00
Ana Hernando

Ana Maiques founded Neuroelectrics in 2011 with the goal of treating brain diseases in a non-invasive way, with a treatment unique to each patient. Today, her brain reading and electro-stimulation headgear is used to measure the fatigue of NASA pilots and being tested on patients in the US for the treatment of epilepsy. In addition, the company is exploring applications in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Four female entrepreneurs with outstanding developments
Women, young, Spanish and technology leaders
16 January 2018 8:00
Ana Hernando

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.

The compound will enter the clinical trial phase at the end of 2018
A drug to treat retinal diseases with drops instead of injections
13 November 2017 8:00
Ana Hernando

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.

Athens hosts the Graphene Week 2017
Graphene set to go from the lab to the marketplace
30 September 2017 8:00
Enrique Sacristán

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.

Bacteria used as factories to produce cancer drugs
31 May 2017 9:30
Ana Hernando

Researchers at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability in Denmark have developed a method of producing P450 enzymes – used by plants to defend against predators and microbes – in bacterial cell factories. The process could facilitate the production of large quantities of the enzymes, which are also involved in the biosynthesis of active ingredients of cancer drugs.

A material inspired by a sea worm changes according to the environment
26 April 2017 8:00
Ana Hernando

The gelatinous jaw of a sea worm, which becomes hard or flexible depending on the environment around it, has inspired researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a new material that can be applied to soft robotics. Despite having the texture of a gel, this compound is endowed with great mechanical resistance and consistency, and is able to adapt to changing environments.

An algorithm that knows when you’ll get bored with your favourite mobile game
21 March 2017 8:00
Ana Hernando

Researchers from the Tokyo-based company Silicon Studio, led by Spanish data scientist África Periáñez, have developed a new algorithm that predicts when a user will leave a mobile game. This information is useful for game studios so that they can design strategies to maintain the player's interest.

Predatory bacterium that kills to obtain bioplastic
28 November 2016 9:00
Ana Hernando

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.