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  • The flare star WX UMa becomes 15 times brighter in less than 3 minutes Español

    SINC | 13 June 2013 08:46

    Astrophysicists at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and the Byurakan Observatory (Armenia) have detected a star of low luminosity which within a matter of moments gave off a flare so strong that it became almost 15 times brighter. The star in question is the flare star WX UMa.

  • Smoking in the entrances to bars increases the presence of nicotine inside Español

    Fumador en el interior de un bar.  

    SINC | 12 June 2013 11:47

    For the first time, a study has analysed the effects of the modification to the Spanish tobacco control law, implemented in 2011 in hospitality venues in Spain. The findings show that smoking on terraces and in the entrances to bars and restaurants increases the concentration of nicotine and particulate matter, which affects clients and hospitality professionals alike.

  • Iberian lynx attacks on farm animals are on the rise Español

    SINC | 10 June 2013 10:48

    Scientists working on the LIFE IBERLINCE project have spent six years studying the hunting behaviour of the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), registering a total of 40 attacks with 716 farm animals killed. Their results indicate that, although the resulting economic losses are not high, this behaviour is on the rise, and it is therefore necessary to establish conflict prevention programme...

  • Detection of apple juices and cereals which exceed permitted levels of mycotoxins Español

    Detactada patulina en algunos zumos de manzana.  

    SINC | 06 June 2013 10:30

    Researchers from the University of Granada (Spain) have analysed the presence of patulin, a type of toxin produced by fungi, in several commercial apple juices. The results show that more than 50% of the samples analysed exceed the maximum limits laid down by law. They have also discovered a sample of rice with more mycotoxins than permitted. For their part, researchers from the University of V...

  • Big game hunting in Spain has increased in the last 30 years Español

    SINC | 05 June 2013 09:47

    Game has always been considered a scarce natural resource. For this reason, a team of researchers at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the Centre for Forestry Research have carried out a study on these practices in the last 35 years which demonstrates that, despite the fact that the total number of hunters in Spain has fallen along with the number of open access territories, big gam...

  • Spain receives ever more solar radiation Español

    SINC | 03 June 2013 09:19

    Solar radiation in Spain has increased by 2.3% every decade since the 1980s, according to a study by researchers from the University of Girona and the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. This increase is linked to the decreased presence of clouds, which has increased the amount of direct radiation reaching us from the Sun.

  • A new species of marine fish from 408 million years ago discovered in Teruel Español

    SINC | 30 May 2013 09:43

    Researchers from the University of Valencia and the Natural History Museum of Berlin have studied the fossilised remains of scales and bones found in Teruel and the south of Zaragoza, ascertaining that they belong to a new fish species called Machaeracanthus goujeti that lived in that area of the peninsula during the Devonian period. The fossils are part of the collection housed in the Palaeont...

  • A statistical model predicts the number of goals for each footballer Español

    Leo Messi

    SINC | 28 May 2013 10:00

    After analysing football league players over nine seasons, from 2000 to 2009, Spanish researchers have come up with a mathematical method for estimating the goal-scoring performance of each player. According to their ranking, the most able strikers are Messi, Ronaldo Nazário, Makkay, Villa and Etoo.

  • Doctors prescribe more analgesics to women than to men just for being female Español

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    SINC | 20 May 2013 10:45

    Regardless of pain, social class or age, a woman is more likely to be prescribed pain-relieving drugs. A study published in Gaceta Sanitaria (Spanish health scientific journal) affirms that this phenomenon is influenced by socioeconomic inequality between genders in the Autonomous Community in which the patient resides.

  • Work-related stress linked to increased blood fat levels Español


    SINC | 14 May 2013 10:01

    Spanish researchers have studied how job stress affects cardiovascular health. The results, published in the ‘Scandinavian Journal of Public Health’, link this situation to dyslipidemia, a disorder that alters the levels of lipids and lipoproteins in the blood.