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Unraveling the magnetism of a graphene triangular flake
12 May 2020 12:07
SINC

Spanish scientists have detected for the first time the magnetic state of a triangular structure of graphene with just 40 carbon atoms. The finding expands the possible applications of this material in information technology.

Nanoparticles with quantum dots for restoring monuments
28 April 2020 11:31

The fluorescence emitted by tiny zinc oxide quantum dots can be used to determine the penetration depth of certain substances used in the restoration of historical buildings. Researchers from Pablo de Olavide University have tested this with samples collected from historical quarries in Cadiz, where the stone was used to build the city hall and cathedral of Seville.

Homeopathy relies on false scientific appearances to convince its users
16 April 2020 13:22
María G. Dionis

According to a study by two researchers from the Autonomous University of Madrid, one of the main reasons for people’s trust in alternative therapies is that the general public does not distinguish them from science. Consumers of homeopathy and acupuncture tend to be women with a medium-high socioeconomic level and higher education.

3D models of mountain lakes with a portable sonar and airborne laser
30 March 2020 8:40
Enrique Sacristán

The information of the territory provided by the laser technology from an airplane can be combined with data collected in mountain lakes with an inflatable boat and a small echo sounder to obtain three-dimensional maps. The system has been successfully tested by two geologists at the Truchillas glacial lake in Spain.

Los datos de la herida recogidos por el parche de grafeno se envían al hospital a través del móvil
Graphene for remote wound monitoring
23 March 2020 8:39
SINC

French scientists at the Neel Institute have produced a graphene patch that records the condition of chronic wounds, such as ulcers suffered by the elderly or those with diabetes, at any time. The data can be sent from home to the hospital via mobile phone, facilitating a rapid response to possible infections.

ANALYSIS
Urban health and coronavirus crisis: in confinement, inequality is magnified
18 March 2020 8:35

Control measures to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic affect different population sectors in radically different ways. In the current, almost dystopian situation, social determinants of health are more clearly shown.

Ciencias Naturales
Luis Enjuanes
“SARS-COV-2 is very likely to fade and return every winter, like the flu”
Verónica Fuentes

Virologist Luis Enjuanes, Spain's foremost expert on coronaviruses, , is working non-stop. From his laboratory at the CSIC's National Centre for Biotechnology, he is engaged in trying to find, in the shortest time possible, a vaccine to stop the COVID-19 epidemic.

Astronaut urine to build moon bases
24 February 2020 8:00
Enrique Sacristán

The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the Moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. European researchers have found that it could be used as a plasticizer in the concrete of the structures.

The catalyst that removes CO2 and produces hydrocarbons
12 February 2020 8:50
Enrique Sacristán

Water is split into hydrogen and oxygen by electrolysis, but if CO2 is also added to the mixture, compounds can be generated to make textiles, diapers and even spirits. American scientists, led by a Spaniard, have developed a catalyst that accelerates this reaction, while also removing a greenhouse gas.

One single primitive turtle resisted mass extinction in the northern hemisphere
3 February 2020 8:00
Adeline Marcos

Sixty-six million years ago, in the emerged lands of Laurasia –now the northern hemisphere– a primitive land tortoise, measuring about 60 cm, managed to survive the event that killed the dinosaurs. It was the only one to do so in this area of the world, according to a Spanish palaeontologist who has analysed its peculiar fossils, found in France.