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  • Maths shows that treating HIV and hepatitis C simultaneously is more effective Español

    SINC | 01 December 2014 09:45

    A Spanish researcher has collaborated on a mathematical analysis, recently published in the journal ‘Science Translational Medicine’, which concludes that joint therapy to counter HIV in patients who also have hepatitis C increases the chance of success in the fight against both infections. Between eight and nine million people worldwide simultaneously suffer from AIDS and hepatitis C...

  • The antioxidant capacity of orange juice is multiplied tenfold Español

    SINC | 02 December 2014 08:23

    The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued. A new technique developed by researchers from the University of Granada for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. The results suggest that tables on the antioxidant capacities of food products that dieticians and health authorities use must be...

  • 22.7% of pregnant women suffer intimate partner violence Español

    SINC | 11 December 2014 10:23

    A new study analyses the violent behaviours exhibited towards pregnant women. While 21% of women suffer emotional violence during pregnancy, 3.6% encounter physical or sexual violence. Furthermore, 36.1% of those who reported physical violence claimed that it happened “very often” or “daily”.

  • New simulator provides training in cybersecurity Español

    UC3M | 12 December 2014 14:25

    Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad de Málaga (UMA) have collaborated with the consulting and technology company Indra on the development of a new advanced simulator of training in cybersecurity, a system that teaches users how to carry out computer forensics, prevent cyber attacks and learn techniques of cyber defense.

  • Tourism poses a threat to dolphins in the Balearic Islands Español

    SINC | 10 December 2014 09:54

    The rise in tourism, fishing and sea transport between the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands is compromising the wellbeing of a small population of common bottlenose dolphins living in coastal waters off the Pityusic Islands. This is the conclusion of a study led by the University of Barcelona (Spain), which has, for the first time, counted these mammals in summer and spring, which are...

  • Lead islands in a sea of graphene magnetise the material of the future Español

    SINC | 15 December 2014 17:00

    Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons’ spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in spintronics, an emerging technology promoted by the European Union to create advanced computational systems.

  • A Facebook application knows if you are having a bad day and tells your teacher Español

    SINC | 18 December 2014 09:24

    Computer languages and systems researchers at the Autonomous University of Madrid have developed an application called SentBuk, which is capable of deducing the emotional states of Facebook users by analysing their messages using algorithms. The authors believe that this tool could be useful to online educators, as it would furnish them with similar information to that obtained by in-person tea...

  • Spanish TV during Franco educated children to be good citizens Español

    SINC | 22 December 2014 09:47

    Several children’s programs were aired during the Franco regime; however, they did not have their own programming. Children, otherwise known as young adults, could watch the television during a limited schedule, on one channel. For the first time, a study has analysed 112 children’s programs broadcast between 1958 and 1975, concluding that the aim was to religiously and patriotically educa...

  • Why immunotherapy for cancer is the scientific breakthrough of the year Español

    Jesús Méndez | 04 February 2014 09:00

    The role of the immune system in fighting tumours has been well-known since 1890 when it was discovered by chance, but it has taken more than a century to gain real importance. The journal ‘Science’ has chosen cancer immunotherapy as the most significant milestone reached in 2013. This represents a change of strategy: cancer is not attacked directly; rather, the immune system’s army is released...

  • Satellite telemetry tracks bearded vultures Español

    SINC | 12 January 2015 09:20

    The Pyrenees are home to continental Europe’s only wild population of bearded vultures, a species classified as endangered in Spain. A study compiled by Spanish researchers reveals – in a level of detail hitherto unseen – the size of the home range of this bird species using satellite tracking technologies.

  • Recreational fishing in the Mediterranean is more harmful than previously thought Español

    SINC | 08 January 2015 08:40

    A total of 10% of adults living in developed countries practice recreational fishing, which in the Mediterranean Sea represents around 10% of the total production of fisheries. Despite its importance, this fishing is not as controlled or studied as professional fishing. For the first time, a study examines this activity, whose effects are increasingly more similar to traditional fishing. For th...

  • Islamic fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Europe Español

    Adeline Marcos | 15 January 2015 13:35

    Last week's attacks in Paris, committed in the name of a god, reopen a badly-healed scar in Europe. The world once again turns towards religious fundamentalism. A new study shows that hostility towards other out-groups is not an isolated phenomenon among Muslims living in Europe; but nor is it a synonym of violence. According to the author of the study, Ruud Koopmans, director of the WZB Berlín...

  • Optic fiber for recording the temperature in extreme industrial environments Español

    UC3M | 19 January 2015 11:44

    Optic fiber is normally used in the field of telecommunications to transmit information using light, but a group of researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has developed a technique that makes it possible to use optic fiber as a thermometer in extreme industrial environments.

  • A spoonful of sugar in silver nanoparticles to regulate their toxicity Español

    SINC | 20 January 2015 08:32

    The use of colloidal silver to treat illnesses has become more popular in recent years, but its ingestion, prohibited in countries like the US, can be harmful to health. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute in Germany have now confirmed that silver nanoparticles are significantly toxic when they penetrate cells, although the number of toxic radicals they generate can vary by coating them wi...

  • 83% of teenagers fall victim to some kind of violence during their lives Español

    Este estudio revela que la victimización en jóvenes españoles es más frecuente de lo que podría estimarse. / Sinc

    SINC | 21 January 2015 09:20

    Childhood is one of the stages of life with the greatest risk of suffering violence, despite the greater social awareness and more specialised training of professionals. A study looking into over a thousand Spanish teenagers concludes that 83% of them claim to have fallen victim to at least one form of violence over the course of their lives; 68.6% in the last year.

  • Bad reputation of crows demystified Español

    SINC | 22 January 2015 09:45

    In literature, crows and ravens are a bad omen and are associated with witches. Most people believe they steal, eat other birds’ eggs and reduce the populations of other birds. But a new study, which has brought together over 326 interactions between corvids and their prey, demonstrates that their notoriety is not entirely merited.

  • Unemployment benefits don't discourage job seekers from returning to work Español

    UC3M / SINC | 26 January 2015 10:00

    Unemployment benefits do not discourage job seekers from returning to the workforce, according to a study carried out by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) that analyzes the Spanish system of unemployment protection from a legal and economic perspective.

  • Nannofossils from El Hierro place the Canaries closer to Hawaii Español

    SINC | 26 January 2015 10:46

    Pieces of sediment from the Cretaceous period encased in lava floated to the surface with the underwater eruption of El Hierro in 2011, bringing scientists valuable data on the islands’ ocean floor. The analysis of the materials matches the origin of the Canary Islands archipelago to the model of how Hawaii was formed and confirms that the oldest islands are found to the east and the youngest t...

  • New technique captures real-time diagnostic 3-D images Español

    La técnica emplea la tomografía de proyección óptica. / uc3m  

    uc3m | 02 February 2015 12:45

    Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other institutions are developing a technique which makes it possible to obtain diagnostic, three-dimensional images in real time. This enables scientists to instantly discover all types of processes ranging from how a fruit fly develops to whether a biopsy was correctly performed.

  • Crucial role of breast cancer tumour suppressor revealed Español

    Células tumorales humanas de cáncer de mama teñidas para dos marcadores de invadopodio (cortactina en verde y Tks5 en rojo). Los invadopodia son las estructuras punteadas en el centro de la célula en color amarillo (debido a la presencia de las dos proteínas, cortactina y Tks5, en los invadopodia). / Valenzuela-Iglesias et al.

    SINC | 03 February 2015 09:00

    A new study led by José Javier Bravo-Cordero, Spanish researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, details how cells with low levels of the profilin 1 protein in breast tumours increase their capacity to metastasise and invade other tissues.

  • Galician girls get excellent marks, but their male classmates take the special prizes Español

    Ganar el premio es muy complicado, ya que solo otorgan 20 por año, lo que supone el 5,2% del total de los alumnos que se presentan. / SINC.

    SINC | 28 January 2015 10:40

    Two Galician universities have studied the results of the most outstanding students in Compulsory Secondary Education (or ‘ESO’ in Spain) in the exam for the special prize. What is most surprising about the results is that there are many more females (63%) than males (37%) with top average marks at this educational stage, yet in the exam, the boys fare better.

  • Neanderthals disappeared from the Iberian Peninsula before than from the rest of Europe Español

    SINC | 04 February 2015 10:44

    Until a few months ago different scientific articles, including those published in ‘Nature’, dated the disappearance of the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) from Europe at around 40,000 years ago. However, a new study shows that these hominids could have disappeared before then in the Iberian Peninsula, closer to 45,000 years ago.

  • How to forecast extreme snowfall in Spain Español

    SINC | 05 February 2015 09:25

    As of yesterday the entire Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands are in the midst of the first significant cold snap for three winters. However, intense snowfalls, like the one affecting the whole of the north of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands are not as common in the rest of Spain. A team of researchers has analysed the extreme snow that fell in March 2011 in the province of Madri...

  • Revelan el papel crucial de un supresor de tumores en el cáncer de mama Español

    Células tumorales humanas de cáncer de mama teñidas para dos marcadores de invadopodio (cortactina en verde y Tks5 en rojo). Los invadopodia son las estructuras punteadas en el centro de la célula en color amarillo (debido a la presencia de las dos proteínas, cortactina y Tks5, en los invadopodia). / Valenzuela-Iglesias et al.

    Valenzuela-Iglesias et al. | 03 February 2015

    Un nuevo trabajo dirigido por José Javier Bravo-Cordero, investigador español en el Albert Einstein College of Medicine de Nueva York, detalla cómo en los tumores mamarios, las células con niveles bajos de una proteína, la profilina1, aumentan su capacidad de producir metástasis e invadir otros tejidos.En la imagen, células tumorales humanas de cáncer de mama teñidas para dos marcadores de inva...

  • Las chicas gallegas obtienen más sobresalientes, pero sus compañeros se llevan los premios extraordinarios Español

    Ganar el premio es muy complicado, ya que solo otorgan 20 por año, lo que supone el 5,2% del total de los alumnos que se presentan. / SINC.

    Olmo Calvo | 28 January 2015

    Dos universidades gallegas han estudiado los resultados de los alumnos más brillantes de la Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO) en la prueba de premio extraordinario. Lo sorprendente de los resultados es que hay muchas más mujeres (63%) que varones (37%) con una media de sobresaliente en esta etapa educativa; sin embargo, en el examen, destacan los chicos.

  • El 83% de los adolescentes es víctima de algún tipo de violencia a lo largo de su vida Español

    Este estudio revela que la victimización en jóvenes españoles es más frecuente de lo que podría estimarse. / Sinc

    Olmo Calvo | 21 January 2015

    La infancia es una de las etapas de especial riesgo ante la violencia, a pesar de la mayor sensibilidad social y la formación más especializada por parte de los profesionales. Un estudio llevado a cabo en más de mil adolescentes españoles concluye que un 83% de ellos manifiesta haber sido víctima de al menos una forma de violencia a lo largo de su vida, y un 68,6% en el último año.

  • Biopolitics for understanding social regulation and control Español


    UC3M | 25 November 2014 10:00

    People, as the biological beings that we are, can be socially regulated by mechanisms such as taxes, property or family relationships. This constitutes part of the social policy that the Roman government put into practice during its expansion throughout the Mediterranean, which left its mark on the eastern plateau of Spain, the historical Celt Iberian territory, as has been shown by biopolitica...

  • Un nuevo método rastrea las manadas de lobos con mayor precisión Español

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

    Francisco Javier Lema | 08 October 2014

    La relación entre el hombre y el lobo en España ha sido siempre complicada. Una de las problemáticas más extendida es el seguimiento de las manadas. Recientemente, los grupos ecologistas planteaban la necesidad de que se base en criterios más técnicos y objetivos, ante la matanza de cuatro cachorros en Asturias. Científicos españoles han diseñado un nuevo método para hacer un seguimiento más pr...

  • Las bebidas energéticas provocan insomnio y nerviosismo en los deportistas Español

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

    Olmo Calvo | 01 October 2014

    Un estudio analiza los efectos positivos y negativos de las bebidas energéticas en los deportistas. Aunque en principio estos vieron aumentado su rendimiento deportivo entre un 3% y un 7%, también apreciaron un aumento de la frecuencia de insomnio, nerviosismo y el nivel de activación en las horas siguientes a la competición.

  • Analizan cómo será la computación ultraescalar del futuro Español


    uc3m | 05 September 2014

    Dos centenares de científicos de más de cuarenta países investigan cómo serán los sistemas ultraescalares de computación de próxima generación en el marco de NESUS, una de las mayores redes de investigación europea de este tipo coordinada por la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

  • La trata de seres humanos, un problema invisible Español

    Entrevista a Begoña Marguán  

    UC3M | 30 September 2014

    La trata de seres humanos es un problema con escasa visibilidad en España, tanto por la falta de cifras fiables como por la escasa coordinación policial nacional e internacional y la permisividad social hacia determinadas conductas relacionadas con el comercio sexual. Esas son algunas de las conclusiones de un informe financiado por la Unión Europea y elaborado por un equipo de investigación en...

  • Biopolítica para comprender la regulación y el control social Español


    UC3M | 25 November 2014

    Las personas, como seres biológicos que somos, podemos estar regulados socialmente por mecanismos como los impuestos, la propiedad o el parentesco. Esto constituía parte de las políticas sociales que el estado romano puso en práctica durante su expansión por el Mediterráneo y que ha dejado huella en la meseta oriental española, en el territorio de la Celtiberia histórica, como ha mostrado una i...

  • Una técnica permite obtener al momento imágenes de diagnóstico en 3D Español

    La técnica emplea la tomografía de proyección óptica. / uc3m  

    uc3m | 02 February 2015

    Investigadores de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), de la Academia China de las Ciencias y de otras instituciones desarrollan una técnica que permite obtener imágenes tridimensionales de diagnóstico en tiempo real. Esto permite descubrir al instante todo tipo de procesos, desde cómo se desarrolla la mosca de la fruta hasta si se ha realizado una biopsia de forma satisfactoria.

  • El riesgo de que los jóvenes conduzcan borrachos aumenta si sus padres beben Español

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

    Olmo Calvo | 25 August 2014

    Si los progenitores consumen alcohol, es más probable que sus hijos conduzcan bajo sus efectos. Esta es una de las conclusiones extraídas de un nuevo estudio que analiza los datos de más de 30.000 estudiantes y su relación con la bebida y la conducción. Los resultados se publican en la revista Adicciones.

  • Veneno de avispa contra células tumorales Español

    Ferrán Pestaña | 04 August 2014

    Científicos del Instituto de Investigación Biomédica (IRB Barcelona) han probado con éxito in vitro el veneno de avispa para provocar la muerte de las células tumorales. El siguiente paso será comprobar su eficacia en modelos de ratón.

  • El maltrato en la infancia se asocia con anomalías en la sustancia gris del cerebro Español

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

    Olmo Calvo | 17 June 2014

    Un estudio internacional analiza mediante técnicas de neuroimagen si el hecho de sufrir maltrato infantil se relaciona con el volumen de sustancia gris del cerebro, encargada del procesamiento de la información. Los resultados desvelan un déficit significativo en varias regiones cerebrales después del abuso.

  • Una investigación analiza por primera vez los retratos fotográficos de Frida Kahlo 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

    Un estudio de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) analiza por primera vez, en su conjunto, las características de las casi 800 fotografías que retratan a la artista mexicana Frida Kahlo a lo largo de más de 40 años.

  • Intermediaries Increase Corruption Español

    Intermediaries Increase Corruption  

    uc3m | 26 May 2014

    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.

  • New Method to Understand Steel Fracturing Español

    UC3M | 09 February 2015 10:00

    Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have visualized step-by-step and on a microscopic level how certain steels fracture when extreme loads are applied to them. This could help to improve these materials, which are used in the automobile industry.

  • The Sun’s activity in the 18th century was similar to that now Español

    SINC | 02 February 2015 08:40

    Counting sunspots over time helps in knowing the activity of our star but the two indices used by scientists disagree on dates prior to 1885. Now an international team of researchers has tried to standardise the historical results and has discovered that, contrary to what one may think, the solar activity of our times is very similar to that of other times, such as the Enlightenment.

  • Spaniards move over to renting Español

    SINC | 09 February 2015 10:00

    The economic recession and changes to the population pyramid have promoted the renting culture in Spain, until now unpopular. Scientists from the Autonomous University of Barcelona have examined the demographic and residential tendencies of Spaniards over the last 30 years and confirm that renting is now the first option considered to access housing. 

  • New algorithms locate where a video was filmed from its images and sounds Español

    SINC | 11 February 2015 10:01

    Researchers from the Ramón Llull University (Spain) have created a system capable of geolocating videos by comparing their audiovisual content with a worldwide multimedia database. In the future this could help to find people who have gone missing after posting images on social networks, or even to recognise locations of terrorist executions.

  • Reforestation with pines wipes out endemic snail species in Catalonia Español

    SINC | 16 February 2015 10:41

    The abandonment of land cultivation and reforestation with conifers creates greater uniformity of the landscape and brings with it the depletion or extinction of various open-space-dwelling species, such as snails Oxychilus courquini and Xerocrassa penchinati, native to the Iberian Peninsula. This is one of the main conclusions of a study from two Catalonian centres and the Unive...

  • A large amount of mitochondrial toxic agents cross the placenta barrier Español

    Los virus son uno de los principales agentes tóxicos para las mitocondrias. / Fotolia

    SINC | 18 February 2015 08:13

    Researchers from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona (Spain) have reviewed ten years’ worth of scientific studies on mitochondrial toxicity in pregnant women. Exposure to toxic agents such as viruses, certain drugs, pesticides, alcohol and tobacco cause mitochondrial diseases about which very little is known, and which are transmitted from the mother to the foetus.

  • A new study questions the Venezuelan electoral system Español

    SINC | 23 February 2015 13:10

    Doubts about the victory of Chavism in the 2004 presidential recall referendum, held in order to decide whether or not Hugo Chavez would remain in power, were the starting point for a study at Carlos III University in Madrid. The study indicates that there are irregularities which cast doubt on the fairness of the Venezuelan electoral system since the time of the referendum.

  • Storks could become poisoned by pesticides during their migration to Africa Español

    SINC | 23 February 2015 09:09

    Not all storks migrate to Africa. Many stay for the winter in the Iberian Peninsula, where landfills have become a permanent source of food. Scientists from Extremadura have analysed the presence of pollutants and pesticides (some prohibited in Spain) in the blood of nestlings from three colonies, two of which are close to landfill sites. The results reveal that the main source of contamination...

  • More than two hours of TV a day increases high blood pressure risk in children by 30% Español

    SINC | 24 February 2015 08:43

    A study on European children concludes that spending more than two hours a day in front of a screen increases the probability of high blood pressure by 30%. The article also points out that doing no daily physical activity or doing less than an hour a day increases this risk by 50%.

  • The ‘cardiovascular revolution’ has increased life expectancy in Spain Español

    SINC | 25 February 2015 09:29

    Over the last century, life expectancy for Spaniards has increased by 40 years. A study by the International University of La Rioja highlights the main cause, since 1980, as being the reduced incidence of cardiovascular diseases while other pathologies, such as mental illnesses and certain types of cancer, have been seen to rise. The authors predict that the effects of the economic recession on...

  • Cities have a memory and interact with their neighbours Español

    SINC | 02 March 2015 08:27

    Demographic changes in large cities depend on millions of individual decisions, but the population evolves depending on two factors: what ‘reminds’ them of their recent past and the existence of other urban areas around them. This is the proposal supported by a Spanish-Argentinean group of researchers through algorithms, which show how American cities have a 25-year-old memory and interact with...

  • Salt increases physical performance in resistance competitions Español

    La prueba ½ Ironman es una carrera de triatlón de media distancia, que consta de 1,9 km de natación, 90 km de ciclismo y 21,1 km de atletismo. / Chad Johnson

    SINC | 03 March 2015 10:30

    Spanish researchers have analysed the effectiveness of salt on sports performance in triathletes. The athletes who added this supplement to their usual hydration routines during the competition took 26 minutes less to complete a medium-distance triathlon course than those who only used sports drinks.