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  • Dark energy hides behind phantom fields Español

    SINC | 25 March 2014 11:19

    Quintessence and phantom fields, two hypotheses formulated using data from satellites, such as Planck and WMAP, are among the many theories that try to explain the nature of dark energy. Now researchers from Barcelona and Athens suggest that both possibilities are only a mirage in the observations and it is the quantum vacuum which could be behind this energy that moves our universe.

  • Scientists discover how to increase the longevity of seeds with genetic engineering Español

    Germinación de las semillas tras el tratamiento de envejecimiento  

    CSIC | 27 March 2014 10:04

    Un estudio desarrollado por investigadores del Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas ha abierto una nueva vía para aumentar la longevidad de las semillas de las plantas mediante ingeniería genética. Sus resultados han sido publicados en la revista Plant Physiology. 

  • New magnetic materials for extracting energy from tides Español

    Nuevos materiales magnéticos para extraer energía de las mareas  

    UC3M | 24 March 2014 17:30

    Scientists from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (UC3M) are participating in a European research project that involves developing a new type of tidal energy generator that will be cheaper and more efficient. The device would replace conventional magnetic materials for new materials that are made using an alternative technology. 

  • Researchers create a new type of cement from ceramic waste Español

    Nuevo cemento con residuos cerámicos

    UPV | 31 March 2014 11:46

    Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València, the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, the Imperial College of London and the Universidade Estadual Paulista of Sao Paulo (Brasil) have created a new type of cement from ceramic waste in the laboratory. It is a more sustainable cement and it also opens business possibilities for the ceramics industry. The first results of this study were re...

  • Green engineering for waste management Español

    uc3m | 01 April 2014 10:25

    Demede Engineering & Research, a company that receives support from the Business Incubator at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid’s (UC3M) Science Park (Vivero de Empresas del Parque Científico), designs and manufactures prototypes of waste Management plants dedicated to research. Their designs are based on the principles of “green engineering”, which they also apply to the development of...

  • How does an injury influence footballers’ mood and anxiety? Español

    SINC | 31 March 2014 10:15

    Researchers from the University of Murcia have analysed the impact of injuries on possible changes to the mood of footballers. The study confirms that after suffering an injury, footballers show higher levels of depression and anxiety.

  • Three remarkable urns from 'Iberian Pompeii' tell the mythical story of its aristocracy Español

    Tinaja de los caballeros. / Héctor Uroz Rodríguez.

    SINC | 02 April 2014 10:19

    An urn that depicts one fighting against another, another with two deer opposite to the tree of life and a third that illustrates a great symbolic battle reveal the mythology of the final Iberian oligarchs that faced Romanization in the Peninsula. The pieces were discovered at the site of Libisosa (Albacete), the best preserved archaeological site from the final Iberian period in Spain. 

  • Higher blood pressure is linked to a lower tendency to worry Español

    SINC | 07 April 2014 11:35

    Blood pressure modulates a person’s tendency to worry and can be associated with a “tranquilising” effect when elevated. This is indicated in a new study, led by Spanish researchers, that reflects how we can implicitly learn to increase our blood pressure as a way of alleviating tension and emotional unease.

  • Female starlings respond to their fledglings’ calls during their absence, the males do not Español

    Nido de estorninos  

    SINC | 14 April 2014 11:04

    Fledglings give off signals in order to obtain food from their parents when they come to the nest and, in some species, also when their parents are absent. According to a study by the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences, female starlings visit their young more when those sounds produced in their absence increase, while the males do not alter their visitation frequency because of the fle...

  • Tarantulas’ personality determines whether they copulate with males or cannibalize them Español

    An image of a Mediterranean tarantula, Lycosa hispanica / Eva de Mas

    SINC | 21 April 2014 10:00

    Sexual cannibalism in spiders – the attack and consumption of males by females before or after copulation – is very widespread. A new investigation analyses the reason behind such extreme behaviour, at times even before the females have ensured the sperm’s fertilisation of their eggs.

  • Tarantulas’ personality determines whether they copulate with males or cannibalize them Español

    An image of a Mediterranean tarantula, Lycosa hispanica / Eva de Mas

    Eva de Mas | 21 April 2014

    Tarantulas’ personality determines whether they copulate with males or cannibalize them

  • “What kills scientific curiosity is education itself” Español

    Juan Meléndez Sánchez  

    Fco. Javier Alonso | 21 April 2014 17:00

    Juan Meléndez Sánchez (Avila, 1964) earned a degree in Physics from the University of Salamanca and did his doctoral dissertation at the CSIC. He is currently a professor at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M), where he combines his research in the Laboratorio de Sensores, Teledetección e Imagen en el Infrarrojo (Laboratory of Sensors, Remote Sensing and Image in Infrared) and teaching in t...

  • Henning Mankell's therapy Español

    Maurizio Gambarini | 22 March 2014

    Henning Mankell, writer diagnosed with cancer, would write periodically about his illness in a Swedish newspaper. / Maurizio Gambarini

  • Susan Sontag Español

    Boris Roessler | 22 March 2014

    PHOTO GALLERY. Susan Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor. / Boris Roessler

  • Tony Judt Español

      22 March 2014

    PHOTO GALLERY. In 2010, Tony Judt, affected by ALS, published a chilling article entitled Night in which he detailed some of the symptoms with subjective precision. / EFE 

  • Antonio Lobo Antunes Español

    Lobo Antunes

      22 March 2014

    PHOTO GALLERY. Though  Antonio Lobo Antunes denies it is autobiographical, his novel, What Horses Are These that Make Shade on the Sea? has a protagonist who is one Antonio Antunes, a patient in a hospital bed being treated for colon cancer. / Wikipedia 

  • Christopher Hitchens Español

      22 March 2014

    PHOTO GALLERY. Tony Blair with Christopher Hitchens, author of Mortality, which recounts his last months of esophagus cancer. / Wikipedia 

  • Anatole Broyard Español

      22 March 2014

    PHOTO GALLERY. Anatole Broyard, literary critic with prostate cancer who did his own in Intoxicated By My Illness: and Other Writings on Life and Death, with a prologue by neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. / Wikipedia 

  • The risk of traffic accident injury depends on sex and age Español

    Los hombres no siempre tienen un mayor riesgo de lesionarse en la carretera o en la calle que las mujeres. / Arkadiusz Sikorski

    SINC | 16 April 2014 08:50

    Young men are more likely to injure themselves on the road or crossing a street than women, but among the elderly females are more vulnerable. This is according to a study on injuries and citizen mobility undertaken by researchers from the Barcelona Public Health Agency.

  • Two breath compounds could be associated with larynx cancer Español

    SINC | 23 April 2014 11:32

    Researchers at the Rey Juan Carlos University and the Alcorcón Hospital (Madrid) have compared the volatile substances exhaled by eleven people with cancer of larynx, with those of another twenty healthy people. The results show that the concentrations of certain molecules, mainly ethanol and 2-butanone, are higher in individuals with carcinoma, therefore they act as potential markers of the di...

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

    SINC | 13 February 2014 11:40

    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...

  • Two Catalan researchers propose four scientific routes through Barcelona Español

    Recepción en el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona durante la visita de Einstein en 1923. / ANC

    SINC | 28 April 2014 08:53

    Physicists and science historians have travelled around various cities across the world, including Paris, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Berne, Barcelona and Madrid, in search of spaces historically related to physics. Two of the researchers, Xavier Roqué and Antoni Roca-Rosell, propose four scientific routes through Barcelona.

  • A system detects global trends in social networks two months in advance Español

    Propagación y funcionamiento

    UC3M | 28 April 2014 09:00

    A new method of monitoring identifies what information will be relevant on social networks up to two months in advance. This may help predict social movements, consumer reactions or possible outbreaks of epidemics, according to a study in the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) is participating. 

  • Sinc Agency turns six Español

    Wearbeard | 07 February 2014

    The first six years of life of a human being are the most important in the development of the brain. At this stage, neural connections that are the core network for learning, behavior and health throughout life are formed. According to neuroscientists, when a child turns six has the foundation to reach full potential.Today, we have reached that age. There have been 12,000 hours working inside a...

  • First successful aeroplane flight Español


    WEARBEARD | 16 December 2013

    On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright successfully made a flight in a heavier-than-air machine that takes off from level ground under its own power and is controlled during flight. He flies the first airplane.Before this event  there had been several people before them who had already managed to get aloft in some sort of device, including the Wrights brothers themselves. What the Wrigh...

  • Shackleton's first expedition finds the magnetic South Pole Español

    Wearbeard | 15 January 2014

    On January 16, 1909, explorers Douglas Mawson and Alistair Mackay David Edworth, led by Ernest Shackleton, were able to locate the south magnetic pole-southernmost point reached to date, during an expedition to Antarctica.The first of three trips led by the Anglo-Irish to the frozen continent was named Nimrod expedition, known to history as the "Farthest South".The three years expedit...

  • Daguerreotype is announced to the world Español

    Francia presenta el daguerrotipo

    Wearbeard | 09 January 2014

    On January 9, 1839, an early photographic process, called daguerreotype, is announced to the world by the French Academy of Sciences. It was the first photographic process capable of capturing a real image on a surface in an effective way and ready for commercial exploitation.The process, perfected by French artist and chemist Louis Daguerre in collaboration with Joseph Niépce, exposed an image...

  • International Year of Crystallography Español


    Wearbeard | 23 December 2013

    The International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014) commemorates not only the centennial of X-ray diffraction, which allowed the detailed study of crystalline material, but also the 400th anniversary of Kepler’s observation in 1611 of the symmetrical form of ice crystals, which began the wider study of the role of symmetry in matter.

  • GPS, the location technology that started with the space race Español

    Veinte años del GPS. / SINC

    Wearbeard | 03 December 2013

    The GPS story starts with Sputnik, the first artificial satellite. The night after it was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, researchers at MIT were able to track Sputnik's orbit by its radio signal. And if you can track satellites from Earth, you can figure out how to locate objects on (or just above) Earth from the positions of satellites.The U.S. Navy experimented with a satellite navigat...

  • The scientist and musician that discovered Uranus Español

    WEARBEARD | 13 November 2013

    Sir Frederick William Herschel was born on the 15th of November of 1738 in Hanover, Germany. Herschel was a musician and an astronomer that became famous for his discovery of the seventh planet in the solar system: Uranus.Initially he called the new planet the ‘Georgian star' after King George III of England, country in which this scientist developed its career. Curiously enough, Herschel...

  • 1675: Leibniz writes the integral sign ∫ for the first time Español

    1675: Leibniz writes the integral sign ∫ for the first time

    WEARBEARD | 29 October 2013

    On October, 29, 1675 Gottfried Leibniz wrote the integral sign ∫  in an unpublished manuscript, introducing the calculus notation that’s still in use today.The math department of St. Bonaventure University, in western New York state, celebrates Integral Day every 29 of October to honor LeibnizLeibniz was a German mathematician and philosopher who readily crossed the lines between acad...

  • Carlson invents the xerography and creates the first photocopier Español


    Wearbeard | 22 October 2013

    Chester Floyd Carlson was an American physicist, inventor, and patent attorney born in Seattle, Washington in 1906. He is best known for having invented the process of electrophotography, which produced a dry copy rather than a wet copy, as was produced by the mimeograph process. Carlson's process was subsequently renamed xerography, a term that literally means ‘”dry writing.”’ In 1938 he...

  • Alfonso XIII opened the first line of the Metro in Madrid Español


    Wearbeard | 14 October 2013

    After months of work, on the 17th of October 1919, the project designed by engineers Carlos Mendoza, Miguel Otamendi and Antonio González Echarte for the construction of a commuter rail in the city of Madrid was ready for opening.That day the king of Spain Alfonso XIII officially inaugurated the first Metro line between Puerta del Sol and Cuatro Caminos. This ground connection had a total lengt...

  • Surgeons place the first fully implantable heart pacemaker into a human patient. Español

    In 1958 surgeons place the first fully implantable heart pacemaker into a human patient.

    Wearbeard | 07 October 2013

    In 1958 surgeons place the first fully implantable heart pacemaker into a human patient. The history of using electricity to stimulate and regulate heartbeat was more than half-a-century old when Ake Senning, a cardiac surgeon at Sweden's Karolinska University Hospital, implanted the pacemaker in heart patient Arne Larsson. The pacemaker failed after three hours. A second pacemaker wa...

  • First trans-Atlantic jet passenger service Español

    The airliner DeHavilland Comet 4 was the first jet aircraft that made a transatlantic voyage with passengers.

    Wearbeard | 04 October 2013

    On October 4, 1958, the airliner DeHavilland Comet 4 was the first jet aircraft that made a transatlantic voyage with passengers. Two identical aircraft owned by British Overseas Airways Corporation with capacity for 78 people took off from London and New York, respectively, to the other side of the Atlantic.The Comet 4 which departed from the UK had to stop to refuel on the Canadian island of...

  • The first Android powered phone went to market Español

    Five years ago, the communications company T-Mobile officially unveiled the first Googlephone, named HTC Dream

    Wearbeard | 23 September 2013

    On September 23rd during a conference in New York, the communications company T-Mobile officially unveiled the first Googlephone, named HTC Dream. The long-awaited launch took place.This phone, that included the Android operating system for the first time, hit American stores in October 2008, but the Spanish market still had to wait until April 2009.Google employees were among the few luck...

  • Krakatoa, the most violent volcanic events in recorded history Español

    Krakatoa, the most violent volcanic events in recorded history

    Wearbeard | 27 August 2013

    Krakatoa is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. The name is also used for the surrounding island group and the volcanoes as a whole.The Krakatoa volcanoes erupted and exploded in 1883, causing massive tsunamis and killing at least 36,417 people, while simultaneously destroying over two-thirds of Krakatoa island. The explosion is c...

  • Genetic methods for sex determination shed some light on the Canary Islands aborigines’ remains Español

    SINC | 29 April 2014 09:02

    Researchers from the University of La Laguna have applied a new genetic method to analyse archaeological remains that enables the sex of skeletal remains from the indigenous peoples of the island of El Hierro to be determined. This type of work is essential to discover more about ancient communities when the complete skeletons of individuals are not available.

  • An intelligent vehicle that can detect pedestrians at nighttime Español

    El interior del coche inteligente de la UC3M  

    UC3M | 05 May 2014 09:00

    Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have designed a new pedestrian detection system for cars which works in low visibility conditions; the system is made up of infrared cameras which capture body heat. 

  • Spanish and Japanese centenarians reveal a genetic key to longevity Español

    SINC | 07 May 2014 10:07

    The genes of 894 men and women over the age of one hundred in Spain and Japan have revealed that the secret to longevity, at least in southern Europe, lies in a variant on chromosome 9p21.3, which had already been associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Are we ready for contact with extraterrestrial intelligence? Español

    SINC | 05 May 2014 09:34

    The SETI project scientists are known for tracking possible extraterrestrial signals, but now they are also considering sending messages from Earth telling of our position. A researcher from the University of Cádiz (Spain) questions this idea in view of the results from a survey taken by students, revealing the general level of ignorance about the cosmos and the influence of religion when tackl...

  • The largest electrical networks are not the best Español


    uc3m | 13 May 2014 12:00

    There is an optimum size for electrical networks if what is being considered is the risk of a blackout. This is the conclusion reached by a scientific study done by researchers at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (UC3M); the study analyzes the dynamics of these complex infrastructures. 

  • A study reviews Spain’s most serious chemical accidents Español

    Camping de los Alfaques tras el accidente de julio de 1978. / Efe

    SINC | 13 May 2014 11:23

    The explosion of a lorry tanker carrying propylene in the Los Alfaques campsite (Tarragona) in 1978 left more than 200 dead. A decade later, 20,000 people were evacuated when a cargo ship loaded with toxic products ran aground on Finisterre’s coastline (A Coruña). In 2003, a deflagration in a Puertollano (Ciudad Real) refinery caused nine deaths and many injuries. These are some...

  • The interruption of biological rhythms during chemotherapy worsen its side effects Español

    SINC | 20 May 2014 09:36

    Patients receiving chemical treatment for cancer often suffer fatigue and body weight loss, two of the most worrying effects of this therapy linked to the alteration of their circadian rhythms. 

  • The relationship between prenatal stress and obesity is confirmed in rats Español

    Pregnant woman

    SINC | 08 April 2013 09:59

    Many women maintain the same rhythm during pregnancy almost up to the birth. However, Spanish researchers warn of the relationship between the mother’s stress during this stage with the obesity of the baby in adult life.

  • Intermediaries Increase Corruption Español

    uc3m | 26 May 2014 12:34

    An experimental study in which the Universidad Carlos III (UC3M) took part analysed the interaction between public officials and citizens and found that the presence of intermediaries significantly increases corruption.

  • Marathon runners’ times develop in a U shape Español

    SINC | 27 May 2014 10:42

    Spanish researchers have demonstrated that the relationship between marathon running times and the age of the athlete is U-shaped. The work shows the unusual fact that it takes an 18-year-old athlete the same amount of time to finish a marathon as a 55- or 60-year-old runner.

  • An experiment in a café confirms that toxins have decreased by 90% since the smoking ban Español

    SINC | 22 October 2013 09:30

    Researchers from the IDAEA (CSIC) centre measured the concentration of harmful compounds in a café in Barcelona before and after the anti-smoking law. The results show that toxic and carcinogenic substances dropped 90%, a finding that corroborates that of the Ministry of Health’s latest report.

  • A Spanish device produces packaged batches of stem cells for regenerative medicine Español

    SINC | 22 May 2014 09:10

    The Spanish start-up Aglaris Cell is close to launching onto the market the world’s first bioreactor that cultures cell in a fully automated way, without using toxic additives. The device has attracted interest from the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical giant, Merk.

  • Cooperation is learned through practice, according to a mathematical model Español

    SINC | 28 May 2014 09:49

    When we must choose between cooperating with others or betraying them, we are more likely to cooperate if they have acted like this with us or if we ourselves have behaved altruistically. We do so because learning reinforces what has gone well for us and not because we imitate successful people. These are the conclusions highlighted in a study conducted by the Carlos III University of Madr...