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  • Ice cream sensations on the computer Español

    SINC | 02 June 2014 09:20

    Changes in coldness, creaminess or texture that we experience in the mouth while we are eating an ice cream can be visualised on a screen using coloured curves. Graphs help manufacturers improve product quality, as proven by researchers at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology in Valencia (Spain).

  • New Launchers for Analyzing Resistance to Impacts and Improving Armor Plating Español

    uc3m | 02 June 2014 11:16

    New pneumatic launchers at the Impact on Aeronautical Structures Laboratory, located at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) Science Park, make it possible to carry out a wide range of studies on problems of impact that arise in the aeronautics industry and on optimum armor plating in other sectors.

  • El Hierro Volcano helps to improve algorithms used by satellites Español

    SINC | 04 June 2014 10:35

    Information provided by satellites on the amount of chlorophyll-A and the roughness of the sea following the eruption of the underwater volcano off the island of El Hierro (Spain) did not coincide with the actual data collected in situ by vessels carrying out oceanographic studies. The models have been corrected by researchers at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who have for t...

  • Discovered a new pathway regulating bone mass through gut and liver Español

    En azul, trabéculas (filamentos óseos que crecen en el interior del hueso)

    UCC+i FICYT | 09 June 2014 23:00

    A study with Spanish participation has described a new pathway that affects bone formation. The study, published by Journal of Clinical Investigation, opens new ways to  therapeutic approaches for the first pathology associated with taurine deficiency.

  • Having authoritarian parents increases the risk of drug use in adolescents Español

    SINC | 09 June 2014 09:52

    A scientific study in six European countries has analysed the role that parents play in the risk of their children consuming alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. Both an irresponsible permissive attitude and demand are associated with higher drug use than those upbringings which encourage a good relationship with children. 

  • Iberian Peninsula’s geothermal power can generate current electrical capacity five times over Español

    SINC | 11 June 2014 10:37

    Researchers from the University of Valladolid (Spain) have estimated how much electricity could be obtained from the heat stored in the first ten kilometres beneath the Peninsula. Results indicate around 700 GW: five times that of all the electrical power installed at present. In Europe, geothermal systems could supply more than 6500 GW. Turkey, Iceland and France show the greatest potential.

  • Childhood maltreatment associated with cerebral grey matter abnormalities Español

    Los individuos expuestos a maltrato infantil tenían un volumen significativamente menor de sustancia gris en varias zonas del cerebro. / Sinc

    SINC | 17 June 2014 10:30

    An international study has analysed the association between childhood maltreatment and the volume of cerebral grey matter, responsible for processing information. The results revealed a significant deficit in various late developing regions of the brain after abuse.

  • Curiosity travels through ancient glaciers on Mars Español

    SINC | 24 June 2014 09:49

    3,500 million years ago the Martian crater Gale, through which the NASA rover Curiosity is currently traversing, was covered with glaciers, mainly over its central mound. Very cold liquid water also flowed through its rivers and lakes on the lower-lying areas, forming landscapes similar to those which can be found in Iceland or Alaska. This is reflected in an analysis of the images taken by the...

  • The first nuclear plant starts operating Español

    Wearbeard | 24 June 2014

    Hace 60 años, el 26 de junio de 1954, se conecta a la red eléctrica la primera planta de energía nuclear. El escenario fue la ciudad de Obninsk, cerca de Moscú, en la antigua Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas (URSS).La energía nuclear cruzó entonces la línea que separaba su uso militar hacia el civil, para dar servicio eléctrico a la industria y la población en general. Desde aquel mom...

  • Only 16% of Ph.D.s work in the private sector in Spain, half the OECD average Español


    UC3M | 17 June 2014 10:50

    Spain produces Ph.D.s at levels comparable to other countries in its situation. However, a minimum percentage of these degree holders work in the private sector, which entails problems for funding research. This is one of the conclusions of the study El empleo de los doctores en España y su relación con la I+D+i y los estudios de doctorado (Employment of Ph.D.s in Spain and its relation to R+D+...

  • A Spaniard and a Portuguese discover a new species of beetle in the world’s deepest cave Español

    SINC | 30 June 2014 09:00

     The unusual habitat of the Krubera cave in the Western Caucasus remains a mystery. Researchers from two Spanish universities have discovered a new species of beetle in the depths of this cave.

  • New species of beetle in the world’s deepest cave Español

    José Antonio Peñas. | 30 June 2014

    El peculiar hábitat de la cueva de Kruber en el Cáucaso occidental continúa siendo un misterio. Investigadores de dos universidades españolas han descubierto en esta sima una nueva especie de escarabajo de los abismos. 

  • Ecological label only favours lesser-valued food products Español

    SINC | 01 July 2014 09:04

    Products labelled as organic are those which have been produced ecologically. A study by the University of Jaen concludes that the labelling favours products which are not considered to be of high quality, based on the analysis of olive oil.

  • Frogs have developed rapid defences against the red swamp crayfish Español

    SINC | 08 July 2014 09:32

    The common frog is one of the amphibians with the highest distribution in the Iberian Peninsula. It reproduces preferably in permanent areas of water where it comes into contact with the red swamp crayfish, which preys on its larvae. Research carried out by the Spaniard Germán Orizaola from the University of Uppsala (Sweden) confirms that the larvae of these frogs have developed a defensive res...

  • Research Makes First-Time Study of Frida Kahlo Portrait Photos Español

    Fotografía incluida en el libro Frida Kahlo. Sus Fotos.  © Archivo Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, Banco de México, Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso relativo a los Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo  

    UC3M | 11 July 2014 11:45

    The characteristics of the nearly 800 photographs of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo taken over a period of more than 40 years are analyzed in their entirety and for the first time in a study carried out by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

  • Cooperation among humans, a question of age Español

    UB / UC3M / UNIZAR | 15 July 2014 17:00

    According to an article by scientists from the Universities of Barcelona, Carlos III of Madrid, and of Zaragoza which was published in the journal Nature Communications, young people between the ages of ten and sixteen demonstrate more fickle behavior when it comes to cooperating, unlike other age groups. People over the age of 66 demonstrated the most cooperative behavior.

  • Study states that advertising self-regulation system in Spain does not protect consumer Español

    SINC | 14 July 2014 10:45

    Two researchers from the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid have analysed and compared the system of advertising self-regulation applied in Spain. Their results show that this model is lacking in effectiveness, autonomy and coverage, working against its main objective.

  • ‘Low-cost’ flights have attracted more tourists to Spain, but who spend less Español

    En España, el auge de las compañías de bajo coste se registra a comienzos de 2004. /JoshuaDavisPhotography

    SINC | 07 July 2014 09:45

    Spanish airports received 64.4 million foreign tourists in 2013. More than half used low-cost airlines, a figure 4.6% higher than the year before. According to scientists from the Complutense University of Madrid, this trend has been increasing since 2004, attracting more visitors but not generating greater economic profit.

  • Children's impulsive behaviour is related to their brain connectivity Español

    SINC | 21 July 2014 09:17

    Researchers from the University of Murcia have studied the changes in the brain that are associated with impulsiveness, a personality trait that causes difficulties in inhibiting a response in the face of a stimulus and leads to unplanned actions without considering the negative consequences. These patterns can serve as an indicator for predicting the risk of behavioural problems.

  • Scientists generate spermatic cells from endangered species to maintain their genetic diversity Español

    MNCN-CSIC | 22 July 2014 14:02

    Scientists from the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) have managed to rescue the genotype of young males that were bound to be genetically lost after road kills. The study represents an important step in the conservation of lberian lynx and Mohor gazelle.

  • Bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate Español

    SINC | 23 July 2014 09:11

    For the first time, Spanish researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water and is left to dry, bacteria manipulate the sodium chloride crystallisation to create biomineralogical biosaline 3D morphologically complex formations, where they hibernate. Afterwards, simply by rehydrating the mat...

  • The history of World War I ignored women Español

    SINC | 28 July 2014 09:18

    A study revives a silenced part of the First World War: the role of women. Researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Castilla-La Mancha consulted specialised sources on women on the front line, on the rearguard and in the jobs that men inevitably left to go to war.

  • Valencian scientists describe a hybrid laminate material with magnetic and photoactive properties Español

    UV | 28 July 2014 11:16

    A research conducted by the Institute for Molecular Science of the Universitat de València and of the Institute for Chemical Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Spanish National Research Council, confirms for the first time the possibility of modulating the magnetic properties of an inorganic material through organic photoactive molecules activated by light.

  • A new therapy for breast cancer is being designed using wasp venom Español

    SINC | 04 August 2014 10:01

    Scientists from the Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB Barcelona) have carried out successful in vitro tests using wasp venom to kill tumour cells. The next step will be to test its efficacy in mouse models.

  • Forest fires in Spain have evolved with the climate since 1968 Español

    SINC | 11 August 2014 09:02

    A group from the University of Alcalá (Spain) has defined the landscape of forest fires on a nationwide scale over the course of 42 years. The research has found that the abandonment of agricultural land and higher temperatures have contributed to intensifying the fires.

  • Study confirms water quality in glass and plastic bottles Español

    SINC | 18 August 2014 09:15

    Bottled water sold in Spain is practically free of constituents given off by plastic packaging or glass bottle lids. They are only detected in some cases, albeit in quantities much lower than limits found harmful for health. This was revealed by the analysis of more than 130 types of mineral water by researchers at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research of the Spanish...

  • The risk of young people driving drunk increases if their parents drink Español

    Un alto porcentaje de los accidentes en España siguen produciéndose porque el conductor ha ingerido alcohol. / SINC

    SINC | 25 August 2014 08:56

    If parents consume alcohol, it is more likely that their children will drive under its influence. This is one of the conclusions of a new study analysing the data of more than 30,000 students and their relationship with drinking and driving. The results have been published in the “Adicciones” journal.

  • The Future of Ultrascale Computing Under Study Español


    uc3m | 05 September 2014 13:15

    Some two hundred scientists from more than 40 countries are researching what the next generation of ultrascale computing systems will be like. The study is being carried out under the auspices of NESUS, one of the largest European research networks of this type coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

  • Pain tolerance levels between men and women are similar Español

    Los resultados de este estudio señalan más semejanzas que diferencias entre ambos sexos en la aceptación del dolor. / Sinc

    SINC | 09 September 2014 09:15

    Resilience, a person’s ability to overcome adverse circumstances, is the main quality associated with pain tolerance among patients and their adjustment to chronic pain. This is the result of a new study carried out at the University of Málaga that shows that the effect of gender on this ability is not as significant as originally thought.

  • Hombres y mujeres aceptan el dolor de forma similar Español

    Los resultados de este estudio señalan más semejanzas que diferencias entre ambos sexos en la aceptación del dolor. / Sinc

    Olmo Calvo | 09 September 2014

    La resiliencia, la capacidad de las personas para sobreponerse a situaciones adversas, es la primera cualidad relacionada con el manejo adecuado del dolor y la adaptación del paciente a sentirlo de forma crónica. Así concluye un nuevo estudio realizado en la Universidad de Málaga, que muestra cómo el género no influye tanto como se pensaba en esta capacidad.

  • The Iberian Peninsula endured tropical storms in the 18th century and severe droughts in Islamic times Español

    SINC | 03 September 2014 09:50

    The first meteorological measurements were taken in the Iberian Peninsula in 1724, which coincides with the year in which Portugal suffered one of the worst storms ever. Later, in 1816, Spain felt the effects of the eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano and almost one thousand years before, in 898, a drought in Al-Andalus was so severe that communities even resorted to cannibalism.  These...

  • The viability of premature babies is minimal at 22 weeks’ gestation Español

    SINC | 17 September 2014 10:23

    A new study analyses the survival rates in Spain of newborns with a gestational age under 26 weeks. The results show that survival under 23 weeks is ‘exceptional’, although other factors such as birth weight and sex also have an influence.

  • Human trafficking, an invisible problem Español

    Entrevista a Begoña Marguán  

    UC3M | 30 September 2014 10:01

    Human trafficking is a problem about which little is known in Spain, due to both the lack of reliable figures as well as the poor coordination among national and international police forces and the social permissiveness with regard to certain behavior related to the sex trade. These are some of the conclusions of a report funded by the European Union and written by a research team in which expe...

  • A new method of tracking wolf packs more precisely Español

    Dos lobos ibéricos en el norte de España. / Francisco Javier Lema

    SINC | 08 October 2014 10:03

    Man’s relationship with wolves has always been a complicated one. One of the most common problems is monitoring the packs. Recently, groups of ecologists suggested the need to use more technical and objective criteria. Spanish scientists have designed a new method for monitoring the wolf population more precisely. 

  • Energy drinks cause insomnia and nervousness in athletes Español

    Más del 50% de los deportistas toman bebidas energéticas en los entrenamientos e incluso antes de las competiciones. / SINC

    SINC | 01 October 2014 10:03

    A study analysing the positive and negative effects of energy drinks on athletes has seen that, although in principle their sports performance was seen to improve by between 3% and 7%, there was also an increase in the frequency of insomnia, nervousness and the level of stimulation in the hours following competition.

  • Pressing the accelerator on quantum robotics Español

    SINC | 02 October 2014 09:00

    Quantum computing will allow for the creation of powerful computers, but also much smarter and more creative robots than conventional ones. This was the conclusion arrived at by researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and Austria, who have confirmed that quantum tools help robots learn and respond much faster to the stimuli around them.

  • Secessionism in Catalonia went mainstream from 2012 Español

    Manifestación de la Diada en Cataluña. / Jordi Payà

    SINC | 15 October 2014 09:37

    The Catalan independence movement became a mass phenomenon when the first large Diada (National Day of Catalonia) demonstration took place and CiU (Convergence and Union) committed to a referendum. Researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona have published an article in the journal ‘South European Society and Politics’ on the causes of the rapid move of a substantial proportion of t...

  • Some rice-based foods for people with celiac disease contain relevant amounts of arsenic Español

    SINC | 13 October 2014 09:32

    Rice is one of the few cereal grains consumed by people with celiac disease, as it does not contain gluten. However, it can have high concentrations of a toxic substance – arsenic – as revealed by the analyses of flour, cakes, bread, pasta and other foods made with rice, conducted by researchers from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain. The European Union is working to establish the...

  • A rich vocabulary can protect against cognitive impairment Español

    SINC | 20 October 2014 10:54

    Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain’s cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied what factors can help to improve this ability and they conclude that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such factor.

  • Intelligent materials that work in space Español

    UC3M | 23 October 2014 11:48

    ARQUIMEA, a company that began in the Business Incubator in the Science Park of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), will be testing technology it has developed in the International Space Station. The technology is based on intelligent materials that allow objects to be sent into orbit without the use of explosives.

  • Female frogs modify offspring development depending on reproduction date Español

    SINC | 29 October 2014 10:18

    Global warming is altering the reproduction of plants and animals, notably accelerating the date when reproduction and other life processes occur. A study by the University of Uppsala (Sweden), including the participation of Spanish researcher Germán Orizaola, has discovered that some amphibians are capable of making their offspring grow at a faster rate if they have been born later due to the...

  • Tweet much to gain popularity is an inefficient strategy Español

    SINC | 30 October 2014 09:39

    The imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the large majority barely has several dozen followers, means that messages from the more influential have much more impact. Less popular users can compensate for this by increasing their activity and their tweets, but the outcome is costly and inefficient. This was confirmed by an analysis of the social network perfor...

  • Improving the taste of alcohol-free beer with aromas from the regular beer Español

    SINC | 03 November 2014 11:14

    Consumers often complain that alcohol-free beer is tasteless, but some of the aromas it is lacking can be carried across from regular beer. Researchers from the University of Valladolid (Spain) have developed the technique and a panel of tasters has confirmed its effectiveness.

  • The tiger mosquito is found in Andalusia thanks to a collaborative citizens’ project Español

    SINC | 05 November 2014 10:08

    Thanks to a mobile phone app, the tiger mosquito has been discovered for the first time to be present in Andalusia. The insect transmits diseases like chikungunya and dengue fever. This was made possible by public participation via the “” app and subsequent verification by entomologists collaborating in the project.

  • Only 6% of people work in the occupations they aspired to in childhood Español

    SINC | 11 November 2014 12:00

    A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) study analyzes the processes that influence the formation of occupational aspirations in preadolescent boys and girls, with special attention focused on factors that influence in the choice of typical occupations for each gender.  According to the research, among other factors that influence in the choice are the studies of the child’s parents and...

  • A graphene scanner permits pigments to be distinguished without the need for samples for the first time Español

    UCC+i FICYT | 19 November 2014 00:01

    A group of European researchers are developing a next generation graphene based scanner which will allow hitherto unknown aspects of works of art and other historic objects to be revealed. The equipment will enable the viewing of hidden images on canvases and unveil what is hidden inside three dimensional objects sealed centuries ago.

  • Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain Español

    SINC | 19 November 2014 10:31

    Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria Valley, in León (Spain), there is a gold mining network created by the Romans two thousand years ago, as well as complex hydraulic works, such as river diversions, to divert water to the mines of the precious metal. Researchers from the University of Salamanca made the discovery from the air with an airborne laser teledetection system.

  • The immune system’s army is released to fight cancer with all its artillery Español

    José Antonio Peñas | 04 February 2014

    This infographics explains how the new immunotherapy for cancer works. 

  • Uterine contractions increase the success of artificial insemination Español

    SINC | 24 November 2014 10:05

    The negative impact of contractions during in vitro fertilisation is a well-known fact. What was unknown until now was the effect it had on artificial insemination. A new study has discovered that it is the contrary to that seen in embryo transfer: there is an improved chance of getting pregnant. 

  • Iberian orcas, increasingly trapped Español

    SINC | 25 November 2014 10:21

    Thanks to the more than 11,200 sightings of cetaceans over the course of ten years, Spanish and Portuguese researchers have been able to identify, in detail, the presence of orcas in the Gulf of Cadiz, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea. According to the models that have been generated, the occurrence of these cetaceans is linked to the distribution of their main prey (red tuna) a...