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  • Network theory to strengthen the banking system Español

    uc3m | 09 December 2013 10:30

    A mathematical and computational study by the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) based on network theory suggests that restructuring certain interbank loans would help to contain the spread of economic crises in the financial system. 

  • New species of crustacean discovered in California Español


    SINC | 18 November 2013 09:45

    Scientists from the University of Seville and the Museum of Natural History in Canada have described in the journal ‘Zootaxa’ a new species of crustacean on the Californian coast. It is the first ‘micro-shrimp’ of the Liropus genus found in the northeast Pacific.

  • Computational methods explain the success of the Spanish national football team during the World Cup in South Africa Español

    La selección española luce la estrella de campeona del mundo desde 2010 / EFE

    SINC | 10 December 2013 09:47

    The associative game that the Spanish football team played during the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 was the key to winning the championship. Spanish researchers have analysed the combination of ball passes between the players of the Spanish team during this event to explain the results obtained according to the behaviour of the players and the movements of the ball. 

  • The amount of iron in our blood can be measured using a mobile phone Español

    SINC | 19 November 2013 09:57

    Researchers from the University of Burgos have developed a smart material which changes colour based on the amount of iron in a fluid, whether it be water, wine or blood serum. Afterwards, if the result is photographed with a digital camera such as those on mobile phones, the concentration of this metal can be quantified without the need for chemical analysis.

  • Human expansion is leaving the osprey of the Canaries cornered Español

    águila pescadora

    SINC | 20 November 2013 10:20

    A team of scientists from the GOHNIC Association in the Canary Islands has concluded in a study that human expansion could be one of the main causes of the precarious situation of ospreys in the archipelago, a species at risk of extinction.

  • Toy commercials continue to transmit different values to boys and girls Español

    En muchos anuncios de muñecas y accesorios la figura femenina se relaciona con la belleza./ Lil wiz

    SINC | 16 December 2013 09:45

    A study by researchers in Spain which analysed 595 toy advertisements broadcast on television at Christmas 2009, 2010 and 2011 showed that they promoted values that associate beauty with girls and strength and power with boys.

  • A Terahertz generator with the highest signal quality Español


    UC3M | 16 December 2013 13:31

    Researchers at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) and the firm Luz WaveLabs are developing an innovative Terahertz generator that improves signal quality by one million times as compared to the best device of this kind currently on the market; it will allow this technology to be applied in the areas of biomedicine, transportation safety, industry and radio astronomy, among others. 

  • Mental health conditions cause greater stigma in families than physical problems Español

    SINC | 26 November 2013 10:40

    Mental and physical illnesses necessarily impact upon the lives of the relatives of those afflicted by them, all the more so in families where a member has a mental illness, because they suffer more discrimination. The results are based on a study carried out in 28 countries, and Spain is one of them.

  • New method for reconstructing long-gone historic buildings in 3D Español

    SINC | 17 December 2013 10:21

    Researchers from Murcia and Valencia have recreated the palace that belonged to Ambassador Vich, a Gothic-Renaissance jewel that was demolished in the 19th Century. The technique, which uses historical and archaeological data of the building, can be utilised to learn more about other architectural monuments that have been destroyed.

  • The first cancer operation room with a navigator is created Español


    UC3M | 17 December 2013 14:22

    A team of researchers from Gregorio Marañón Hospital, the company GMV and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have started the first cancer operation room with a navigator.  This image-guided system will allow for increased intraoperative radiotherapy safety.

  • Producing electricity on the Moon at night Español

    SINC | 18 December 2013 09:55

    Scientists from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and other international collaborators have proposed a system of mirrors, processed lunar soil and a heat engine to provide energy to vehicles and crew during the lunar night. This would preclude the need for batteries and nuclear power sources such as those used by the Chinese rover that recently landed on the moon.

  • North Atlantic atmospheric oscillation affects the quality of cava Español

    SINC | 30 December 2013 09:43

    The quality of cava depends on technical factors such as fermentation, ageing and bottling processes, which usually remain stable for years. Researchers from Malaga University (Spain) have discovered that oscillations in the North Atlantic –that affects European climate– also have an effect on the attributes of this sparkling wine. The years in which there is presence of the Azores anticyclone,...

  • Camper uses biomechanics to make comfortable shoes Español

    SINC | 02 January 2014 09:53

    Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) have carried out a biomechanical study of the footwear made by Camper. A group of 54 volunteers took part in the project, trying on six models of men’s shoes and six models of women’s shoes. They were analyzed using optical motion capture systems, force plates, pressure insoles and electromyography sensors. The purpose of the study wa...

  • The scientific explanation of why beer overflows when a one bottle is bumped against another Español


    UC3M | 20 January 2014 11:22

    Scientists at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) reveal the physical phenomenon that explains beer’s rapid transformation from a liquid to a foamy state as the result of an impact. This research has applications in the area of naval engineering or in studies related to the prediction of gases in volcanic eruptions. 

  • 40% of minors in Lorca suffer post-traumatic stress a year after earthquake Español

    Lorca tras el terremoto

    SINC | 21 January 2014 11:00

    Spanish researchers have analysed the impact of the Lorca catastrophe by the percentage of minors suffering post-traumatic stress. Results reveal that 55% of young people displayed this disorder a month on from the earthquake and 40% were still suffering a year later.

  • The Iberian emerald lizard population will decline if it fails to adapt to climate change Español

    SINC | 08 January 2014 10:13

    The Iberian emerald lizard is oviparous, its egg production depending on the temperature. According to researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid, climate change will have a negative impact on this species if it is not able to adapt to the local effects of global warming.

  • Male spectacled warblers are innovative singers Español

    Un ejemplar de curruca tomillera  

    SINC | 13 January 2014 10:42

    The several variables in the song of every male spectacled warbler could play a crucial role in the mating, defending territory and recognition between individuals of this species. Studying their acoustic signals will help to understand how this bird, with a small brain and limited social needs, can use a complex system of communication.

  • A new, more economical sonification prototype to assist the blind Español


    UC3M | 13 January 2014 11:59

    Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have developed an assistive technology system that works by sounds which contributes to the autonomy of persons with visual impairments.    

  • Palaeolithic humans from the north of Spain moved homes to dwellings with better logistics Español

    SINC | 27 January 2014 10:01

    Scientists at the Cantabria International Institute for Prehistoric Research have traced the steps of the human beings that inhabited the region during the Palaeolithic era. Through computer programmes for geographical analysis, it is known that these nomads gradually abandoned high-altitude rocky shelters and caves to live on flatter plains.

  • New biomedical diagnostics using personalized 3D imaging Español

    UC3M | 27 January 2014 10:03

    Researchers at the firm 4DNature and the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) are developing a new technology, called helical optical projection tomography, which improves biomedical diagnostic 3D imaging.

  • Women with a high economic status claim to have better sex Español

    dos personas en una cama

    SINC | 14 January 2014 10:15

    An analysis based on the first Spanish National Sexual Health Survey, carried out in 2009, confirms that socioeconomic factors affect sexual satisfaction. People with a lower economic status claim to be less sexually satisfied, particularly women.

  • A sensor detects salt on the road to avoid excess Español

    SINC | 28 January 2014 08:54

    Engineers at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain, have designed an optical sensor that detects how much salt is on road surfaces in real time. This avoids the need to spread the substance excessively, because although this prevents ice from forming on roads, it can also harm vehicles, infrastructure and the environment.

  • Waterfowl poisoning halved by lead shot prohibition Español

    SINC | 15 January 2014 11:18

    The pollution of waterfowl meat and their poisoning by lead shot has dropped by 50% since this type of munitions was prohibited in wetlands in 2001. This is one of the data in a report from the Hunting Resources Research Institute, which also states that the hunters’ compliance with this mandate has been very high.

  • An electronic tongue can identify brands of beer Español

    Una lengua electrónica identifica la marca de cerveza  

    SINC | 29 January 2014 11:11

    Spanish researchers have managed to distinguish between different varieties of beer using an electronic tongue. The discovery, published in the journal ‘Food Chemistry’, is accurate in almost 82% of cases.

  • Spanish researchers discover the first black hole orbiting a ‘spinning’ star Español

    Recreación del sistema MWC 656

    IAC/ULL/CSIC | 15 January 2014 13:30

    Spanish scientists have discovered the first binary system ever known to consist of a black hole and a ‘spinning’ star – or more accurately, a Be-type star. Although predicted by theory, none had previously been found. The observations that led to the discovery were performed with the Liverpool and Mercator telescopes at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (Canary Islands, Spain).

  • New proposal for the better allocation of donated livers in transplants Español

    SINC | 16 January 2014 09:15

    Researchers at the University of Cordoba (Spain) have developed a system that measures compatibility between donors and the most serious receivers in liver transplants. This is a mathematical method that includes the experience of almost 1,500 donations registered in transplant units in Spain and the United Kingdom.

  • The fatality rate among heroin and cocaine users is 14 times higher than for the general population Español


    SINC | 05 February 2014 09:55

    A new study analyses the risk factors and excess mortality among heroin and cocaine consumers admitted to treatment in Spain. The results reveal that the fatality rate among consumers of both drugs is 14.3 times higher than for the general population, while among those only using cocaine, it is 5.1 times higher.

  • Dating is refined for the Atapuerca site where Homo antecessor appeared Español

    SINC | 06 February 2014 09:52

    One of the issues of the Atapuerca sites that generates the most scientific debate is the dating of the strata where the fossils are found. Therefore, researchers at the Spanish National Research Centre for Human Evolution, among others, strive to settle the dates. A study published by the ‘Journal of Archaeological Science’ has clarified that the sediment of Gran Dolina, where the first remain...

  • Spider silk ties scientists up in knots Español

    SINC | 20 January 2014 10:49

    Two years ago, researchers from Iowa State University (USA) published a study which concluded that spider silk conducts heat as well as metals. Now, a team from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) has repeated the experiment and the results throw this discovery into question. This has reaffirmed the need to validate scientific findings before proclaiming their validity in the press.

  • Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes ‘spy’ one of the youngest galaxies in the Universe Español

    Imagen profunda del cúmulo de galaxias Abell 2744

    IAC | 07 February 2014 13:54

    An international team led by astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and La Laguna University (ULL) has just completed the first analysis of the observations of the Abell 2744 cluster of galaxies,  a coordinated program of the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes.

  • The biodiversity of the Sahara, endangered by ‘forgetting’ deserts as protected areas Español

    SINC | 12 February 2014 10:11

    An international team of scientists point out in a study the neglect suffered by the Sahara in conserving its biodiversity. As a result some emblematic species have disappeared (such as the scimitar-horned oryx) and others are on the verge of extinction (the addax, the cheetah and the dama gazelle). The study also states that the rest of the ungulates and large carnivores of the Sahara and the...

  • Gold and silica nanostars imitate the two faces of the god Janus Español

    SINC | 10 February 2014 09:15

    Researchers from the Basque centre CIC biomaGUNE and the University of Antwerp (Belgium) have designed nanoparticles with one half formed of gold branches and the other of silicon oxide. They are a kind of Janus particle, so-called in honour of the Roman god with two faces, which could be used in phototherapy in the future to treat tumours.

  • Research analyzes the cultural construction of nudes in Roman mosaics Español

    UC3M | 10 February 2014 11:30

    The female nudes in Roman mosaics exalt beauty, carnality and eroticism, while male bodies reflect determination, strength and power. This is one of the conclusions of research being carried out at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (UC3M) that analyzed the cultural construction and ideological implications of these artistic representations in which female predominate as compared to those of...

  • The lack of incentives and the legal obstacles hinder knowledge transfer at universities Español

    Laboratory at the Science Park of Barcelona./ Raimon Solà

    SINC | 11 February 2014 10:00

    A study by Spanish researchers, who analysed 44 state universities, demonstrates that the scarce incentives, the territorial disparities, the lack of an enterprising culture and the bureaucratic barriers hamper the creation of links between centres and businesses.

  • A Blu-ray player detects microorganisms and toxins on discs Español

    SINC | 17 February 2014 10:45

    In addition to storing films, optical discs can be used to detect microorganisms, toxins, allergens and tumoral biomarkers. Blu-ray technology has allowed researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia to develop a way to find out if a sample contains Salmonella or toxic substances. This simple and cheap analytical system may be applied to clinical diagnosis and environmental monitoring.

  • A new system accelerates verification of printed electronic documents Español

    UC3M | 17 February 2014 12:21

    Researchers at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (UC3M) have designed a system that speeds up online administrative procedures by automatically verifying and validating printed electronic documents, a process that had been done manually up until now.

  • Spanish scientists develop a cheaper, more efficient method for detecting leishmaniosis Español

    SINC | 18 February 2014 10:07

    Leishmaniosis is a parasitic disease mostly afflicting dogs, but in impoverished countries it affects over 12 million humans, of whom 70,000 lose their lives every year. Researchers from the LeishmanCeres Group at the University of Extremadura have developed a new method of detecting the illness in animals, based on a single hair sample and only one analysis, which saves cost, time and hea...

  • Pointing is infants’ first communicative gesture Español

    SINC | 19 February 2014 09:43

    Catalan researchers have studied the acquisition and development of language in babies on the basis of the temporary coordination of gestures and speech. The results are the first in showing how and when they acquire the pattern of coordination between the two elements which allows them to communicate very early on.

  • Strawberries lower cholesterol Español

    SINC | 24 February 2014 09:21

    A team of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month to see whether it altered their blood parameters in any way. At the end of this unusual treatment, their levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides reduced significantly, according to the analyses conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists.

  • Strategies on the Internet to discredit generic drugs Español

    divulgaUNED | 06 March 2014 09:31

    Although there is widespread consensus among the scientific community that the composition of generic drugs is identical to that of brand name drugs, this is not the case among the public. In a four-year study of over 3,000 opinions on Spanish web pages, researchers at the National University of Distance Education (UNED) of Spain have identified communication strategies aimed at creating risk p...

  • A candelabra found in Ibiza waters offers clues about medieval navigation routes Español

    SINC | 25 February 2014 09:52

    The history of medieval navigation on the Iberian peninsula is a great mystery. In the 1970s, a recreational diver found a bronze candelabra in Ibiza which Marcus H. Hermanns, a scientist from the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid, has now unveiled. It is a unique piece from the 10th century which could provide clues on sea routes in the period.

  • More than 40% of the Spanish population is excluded from tourism consumption Español

    Si hubiera que definir el perfil de personas que menos viajan, destacan especialmente las mujeres mayores sin estudios. / SINC.

    SINC | 26 February 2014 09:46

    A study by the University of La Laguna has re-examined the link between tourism and social inequality in Spain, using a survey carried out at origin by the adult population. The results indicate that slightly more than 20% of the consumers make more than 70% of trips.

  • Laser and radar unveil the secrets of roman bridges Español

    SINC | 10 March 2014 10:00

    Discovering hidden arches, visualising the sloped outline characteristic of the medieval period, finding a Renaissance engraving on a roman arch or detecting restorations: these are some of the results that have been obtained by researchers at the University of Vigo (Spain) in their study of more than 80 roman and medieval bridges. The assessment was carried out with the help of a ground-penetr...

  • Searching for faster, more efficient and sustainable parallel computing Español

    uc3m | 10 March 2014 12:48

    An European research project, named REPARA and coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), is studying how to improve parallel computing applications to increase their performance and energy efficiency, as well as easing programming and source code maintenance.

  • An experiment recreates the crust of the moon Europa Español

    SINC | 12 March 2014 09:53

    Water, salts and gases dissolved in the huge ocean that scientists believe could exist below Europa´s icy crust can rise to the surface generating the enigmatic geological formations associated to red-tinged materials that can be seen on this Jupiter’s satellite. This is confirmed by the experiment carried out in the laboratory with water, carbon dioxide and magnesium sulfate by researchers at...

  • The shadows of Petra awaken its astronomical orientation Español

    SINC | 03 March 2014 09:27

    During the winter solstice, the sun is filtered into the Monastery at Petra, Jordan, illuminating the podium of a deity. Just at this moment, the silhouette of the mountain opposite draws the head of a lion, a sacred animal. These are examples from a study where researchers from Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias and CSIC (Spain) showed how celestial events influenced the orientation of the g...

  • Three out of every four European banks fails in the accessibility of their websites Español

    SINC | 04 March 2014 10:55

    Researchers from the University of Oviedo (Spain) have analysed the websites of nearly 50 banks from the EU to check whether any user, even if disabled, has equal access. The results show that this right is not fulfilled in 74% of cases, and therefore they demand greater interest from financial entities in this technological and social problem.

  • A new sensor uses sound to diagnose faults in industrial machinery Español

    SINC | 05 March 2014 09:36

    Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) have developed wireless sensors able to detect minute fissures in industrial machinery by the ultrasonic waves they emit, with which the fault can be located early before a serious breakdown occurs. The team is studying potential applications of this innovation in biomedicine to prevent bone fractures.

  • A mathematical equation that explains the behavior of nanofoams Español


    UC3M | 21 March 2014 11:11

    A research study, participated in by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), has discovered that nanometric-size foam structures follow the same universal laws as does soap lather: small bubbles disappear in favor of the larger ones. 

  • "Spanish families deprived of their middle class status have to choose between work and family" Español

    Sagrario Segado

    Laura Chaparro | 14 February 2014 10:12

    In the midst of the current economic crisis, middle class families often encounter problems related to the work-life balance, especially when both spouses are forced to extend their working hours to make ends meet. Researchers from the Department of Social Work at the National University of Distance Education (UNED) have analyzed this phenomenon, which differs by gender. Sagrario Segado, member...