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  • Two new crustacean species discovered on Galician seabed Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 19 September 2017 08:35

    The fauna of deep seabed tends to be relatively unknown due to the difficulty of collecting samples at great depths. A research team from the A Graña Marine Biology Station in Galicia undertook four oceanographic expeditions in the waters off the northwest coast of the Iberian Peninsula that have led to the discovery of several new species that inhabit the abyssal plains. Now they describe two...

  • A solar flare recorded from Spain in 1886 Español

    SINC | 18 September 2017 09:15

    Satellites have detected powerful solar flares in the last two months, but this phenomenon has been recorded for over a century. On 10 September 1886, at the age of just 17, a young amateur astronomer using a modest telescope observed from Madrid one of these sudden flashes in a sunspot. He wrote about what he saw, drew a picture of it, and published the data in a French scientific journal. Thi...

  • ‘Waves’ of neural activity give new clues about Alzheimer’s Español

    Laura Chaparro | 05 September 2017 11:00

    While unconscious during deep sleep, millions of neurons’ activity travels across the cerebral cortex. This phenomenon, known as slow waves, is related to the consolidation of memory. The European project called SloW Dyn, led by Spanish scientists, has now revealed anomalies in this activity in mice displaying a decline similar to Alzheimer’s.

  • Confirmed: exercising during pregnancy is good for mother and baby Español

    Verónica Fuentes | 28 August 2017 09:30

    Spanish researchers have clarified doubts over the physical activity recommended during pregnancy. Their work highlights how exercise should be taken not only by healthy, previously active women, but that it is also a good time to adopt a healthy lifestyle. There are clear advantages for both the mother and baby.

  • Countries in Europe with the richest biodiversity do not always receive more funding Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 22 August 2017 09:42

    A recent study, published in the journal ‘Conservation Biology’, reveals that the investments and resources allotted for conservation only partially tally with the levels of biodiversity in the European Union. Thus, countries such as Portugal, Slovakia, Greece and the Czech Republic receive less funding than they would be entitled to as per their biodiversity. 

  • Cretaceous snails conceal themselves in monuments in Madrid Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 31 July 2017 09:05

    The fountains standing next to the Museo del Prado are built using a sedimentary rock full of gastropod shells from the time of the dinosaurs. These fossils have revealed the origin of the stone: forgotten quarries in Redueña, in the province of Madrid, where the building material for the Fountain of Apollo and the Palacio de las Cortes also came from.

  • A new bird which humans drove to extinction discovered in Azores Español

    Adeline Marcos | 25 July 2017 09:16

    Inside the crater of a volcano on Graciosa Island in the Azores archipelago, in the Atlantic Ocean, an international team of researchers has discovered the bones of a new extinct species of songbird, a bullfinch which they have named Pyrrhula crassa. The remains were found in a small cavity through which time ago the lava flowed. This bird disappeared a few hundreds of years ago due to hum...

  • Our brains synchronise during a conversation Español

    SINC | 18 July 2017 10:00

    The rhythms of brainwaves between two people taking part in a conversation begin to match each other. This is the conclusion of a study published in the magazine ‘Scientific Reports’, led by the Basque research centre BCBL. According to scientists, this interbrain synchrony may be a key factor in understanding language and interpersonal communication.

  • New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 11 July 2017 10:21

    Last year, the existence of an unknown planet in our solar system was announced. However, this hypothesis was subsequently called into question as biases in the observational data were detected. Now Spanish astronomers have used a novel technique to analyse the orbits of the so-called extreme trans-Neptunian objects and, once again, they point out that there is something perturbing them: a plan...

  • A new molecular scissors act like a GPS to improve genome editing Español

    Ana Hernando | 04 July 2017 10:15

    Researchers from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), led by the Spanish researcher Guillermo Montoya, have discovered how Cpf1, a new molecular scissors unzip and cleave DNA. This member of the CRISPR-Cas family displays a high accuracy, capable of acting like a GPS in order to identify its destination within the intricate map of the genome. The high precision of Cpf1 will improve the...

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