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Oriental hornet (Vespa orientalis) in Israel.
Asian wasp stings may increase kidney problems in Europe
3 June 2022 8:00

Climate change and globalisation are accelerating the spread of species outside their natural habitat. This is the case of hymenopterans from Asia that are spreading to other continents, whose bites on people are associated with acute kidney diseases. Spanish scientists want to raise awareness of their health consequences.

The first cockroach to feed on lizard tears
8 September 2021 8:00
Adeline Marcos

Moths and butterflies are known to complete their diet by drinking the tears of reptiles and birds thanks to the elongated appendage that serves as their mouthpart. But it is not necessary to have such a proboscis to become a “tear drinker”.

Ciencias Naturales
África Periánez
África Periáñez, data scientist and founder of
“To combat bias in artificial intelligence, we seek talents from different continents, genders and sexual orientations”
17 July 2021 8:00
Ana Hernando

The researcher from Madrid had worked in video games and fashion before the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed her up. Her experiences in machine learning and behavioral prediction models will help to improve the learning apps used by midwives in resource-poor countries. The goal is to reduce maternal and infant deaths during pregnancy and childbirth.

Hadrosaurio enfermo
A foot tumour and two tail fractures complicated the life of this hadrosaur
23 June 2021 8:00
Adeline Marcos

When it was discovered in the 1980s in Argentina, this hadrosaur was diagnosed with a fractured foot. However, a new analysis now shows that this ornithopod commonly known as the duck-billed dinosaur actually had a tumour some 70 million years ago, as well as two painful fractures in the vertebrae of its tail, despite which, it managed to survive for some time.

A law to protect those who support victims of violence against women
12 March 2021 10:15
Eva Rodríguez

Last December, the Parliament of Catalonia unanimously approved the incorporation into its legislation of second-order violence against those who give their support to victims of violence against women. A recent study compiles testimonies of victims, and analyses this form of intimidation.

Signs that illuminate cancer within the body
1 December 2020 8:00
Adeline Marcos

Diagnostic imaging equipment has improved the resolution of its results and reduced the radiation patients receive, but the main advance has been in contrast agents. Using dye- or nano-antibody-‘decorated’ nanoparticles that circulate in the blood vessels, the scientific community is working to detect cancer and metastasis early and see if the treatment works.

African crocodiles lived in Spain six million years ago
15 October 2020 8:00
Adeline Marcos

The crocodiles that inhabited the coasts of North Africa during the late Miocene period embarked on a journey to Europe across what is now the Mediterranean basin. This is confirmed by the analysis of the first fossils of the Crocodylus genus in the Iberian Peninsula, found in the Valencian site of Venta del Moro between 1995 and 2006, and which are now being described for the first time.

Lacerta schreiberi
Climate crisis ages fish, amphibians and reptiles
16 September 2020 10:00
Adeline Marcos

Climatic conditions are changing at an unprecedented rate, affecting mainly fish, amphibians and reptiles, ectothermic animals that are unable to generate their own internal heat. With heat waves and rising temperatures, these organisms experience not only increased growth rates and heat stress, but also further ageing.

History repeats itself with the price of remdesivir
3 July 2020 12:30
Vanessa López

The pharmaceutical company Gilead has announced that the price of their antiviral, used with modest results to treat COVID-19, will be 2083 Euros per patient when the minimum cost of production is 0.83 Euros per dose. The price of medicines should be related to the cost of development and production, plus a fair and reasonable profit, particularly in light of the public effort that has been invested in the R&D chain.

Shrimp shells to produce electrodes for large storage batteries
22 June 2020 8:00
Ana Hernando

Spanish researchers at MIT have developed a system to produce electrodes for vanadium flow batteries, used in renewable energy storage. The electrodes are made from chitin, a polysaccharide found in the exoskeleton of crustaceans and insects. The advantage of this component is that it contains nitrogen in addition to carbon, which is then incorporated into the structure of the electron during the production process, improving electrode’s performance.