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  • A drug to treat retinal diseases with drops instead of injections Español

    Ana Hernando | 13 November 2017 08:00

    The Spanish firm Sylentis has developed a compound to treat diseases of the retina, such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, which will be administered by ophthalmic drops instead of intraocular injections. The drug, which has been tested in animals, is a small interfering RNA capable of penetrating the cells of the retina and blocking the formation of new blood vessels.

  • Searching for the CRISPR Swiss-army knife Español

    Ana Hernando | 04 December 2017 09:00

    Scientists at the University of Copenhagen, led by the Spanish Professor Guillermo Montoya, are investigating the molecular features of different molecular scissors of the CRISPR-Cas system to shed light on the so-called ‘Swiss-army knives’ of genome editing. Montoya’s research group has visualized the atomic structures of the Cpf1 and Cas9 proteins to analyse each of their properties and pecul...

  • Cretaceous snails conceal themselves in monuments in Madrid Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 31 July 2017 09:05

    The fountains standing next to the Museo del Prado are built using a sedimentary rock full of gastropod shells from the time of the dinosaurs. These fossils have revealed the origin of the stone: forgotten quarries in Redueña, in the province of Madrid, where the building material for the Fountain of Apollo and the Palacio de las Cortes also came from.

  • Action video games to fight dyslexia Español

    SINC | 12 December 2017 09:30

    A study conducted by BCBL, the Basque research center, reveals that action video games improve visual attention and reading ability, two of the deficits suffered by people with dyslexia. The objective is to use the most useful elements of videogames in new software without violent connotations that help to treat this cognitive disorder.

  • The incredible journey of the first African tortoise that arrived in Europe Español

    Adeline Marcos | 29 November 2017 10:30

    About 95 million years ago, a river turtle adapted to marine environments and made an extraordinary migration from the ancient continent of Gondwana, which grouped what is now Africa and South America, to Laurasia, the Northern continental mass of which Europe, Asia and North America were part. Its remains, found in the town of Algora in Guadalajara (Spain) and in Portugal, are the evidence of...

  • The evolution of the gene responsible for red meat to produce cancer has been revealed Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 18 December 2017 08:12

    A sugar called Neu5Gc, present in red meat, some fish and dairy products, is related to the appearance of spontaneous tumors in humans. Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, led by Spaniard David Álvarez Ponce, have analyzed the evolutionary history of the CMAH gene - which allows the synthesis of this sugar - and shown which groups of animals have lost the gene and therefore are more...

  • The Iberian brown bears do not descend from those fled from the north during the Ice Age Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 26 December 2017 08:00

    According to the glacier refuges theory, after the last glaciations the bears of northern Europe sought shelter in the South. Researchers from A Coruña University reject this idea: they have reconstructed the colonization of brown bears in the Iberian Peninsula and have shown that the lineage of the Pleistocene bears was lost.

  • The Halloween asteroid prepares to return in 2018 Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 19 December 2017 08:00

    There is one year to go until asteroid 2015 TB145 approaches Earth once again, just as it did in 2015 around the night of Halloween, an occasion which astronomers did not pass up to study its characteristics. This dark object measures between 625 and 700 metres, its rotation period is around three hours and, in certain lighting conditions, it resembles a human skull.

  • Predatory bacterium that kills to obtain bioplastic Español

    Ana Hernando | 28 November 2016 09:00

    Spanish researchers have designed a method that uses a predatory bacterium to extract bioplastic materials from the inside of other bacteria, without degrading it. The system, already patented, will make it possible to obtain this type of products at low cost and at industrial scale in bacterial cell factories.

  • "The graphene advances have triggered interest in other 2D materials" Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 31 October 2017 10:30

    Graphene is starring the largest European research initiative to date, Graphene Flagship, but within this megaproject are also being promoted studies of other two-dimensional materials, such as TMD. Their interesting properties can be applied in electronics, spintronics and a third field: valleytronics, as the physicist Dr. Lucian Covaci of the University of Antwerp explains in this interview.

  • “Magnetism in graphene can be controlled with hydrogen atoms” Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 30 November 2017 11:45

    Graphene has extraordinary mechanical and electronic properties, but no magnetic properties. This can be made up for with the help of the lightest element: hydrogen, which transfers its magnetic moment on coming into contact with graphene. This has been demonstrated by a team of European scientists coordinated by the physicist Iván Brihuega from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

  • When birds meet the high-speed rail Español

    Adeline Marcos | 08 January 2018 09:20

    If a high-speed train runs at 185 m/h through little urbanized areas, it is possible that some animals will be surprised in their path. This is the case of birds such as magpies, pigeons, crows or buzzards, whose death due to run over has not been scientifically analyzed or quantified so far. A study has now allowed obtaining the first estimates in Spain.

  • Artificial intelligence predicts corruption Español

    SINC | 15 January 2018 08:45

    Researchers from the University of Valladolid have created a computer model based on neural networks which provides in which Spanish provinces cases of corruption can appear with greater probability, as well as the conditions that favor their appearance. This alert system confirms that the probabilities increase when the same party stays in government more years.

  • Kubrick mocks nuclear war in Dr. Strangelove Español

    Se cumplen 50 años del estreno de '¿Teléfono rojo? Volamos hacia Moscú'

    Wearbeard | 29 January 2014

    On January 29, 1964, Dr. Strangelove made its U.S. premiere. Stanley Kubrick's black comedy, starring Peter Sellers, played upon the real fears of a world terrified by the prospect of nuclear annihilation.The film was loosely based on the Cold War thriller Red Alert, written by Peter George, and tells the story of how a group of military and  the U.S. president try to stop a nuclear war af...

  • How to attract female talent to the technology business Español

    Ana Hernando | 05 February 2018 10:15

    The long working hours and the discriminatory environment of the technology industry scare women away, despite the fact that the EU has an estimated employment growth of 8% until 2025 in the sector. A study by Catalan universities proposes measures to achieve greater equality of opportunities. According to the specialists, a cultural change in companies is necessary, with new rules for time man...

  • Women, young, Spanish and technology leaders Español

    Ana Hernando | 16 January 2018 08:00

    Video games to help children with dyslexia, chips that allow testing drugs without using laboratory animals, intelligent sensors that detect volcanic eruptions and data analysis to improve e-commerce are technologies developed by four Spanish entrepreneurs. These experts in engineering and computer science stand out in a field clearly dominated by men.

  • Video games to improve mobility after a stroke Español

    SINC | 13 February 2018 10:00

    A joint research by the Basque research center BCBL and the London Imperial College reveals that, after a cerebral infarction, injuries in areas that control attention also cause motility problems. The authors propose to complement physiotherapy with another type of cognitive training, such as video games.

  • Milk Banks: the altruism that saves the lives of the most vulnerable babies Español

    Verónica Fuentes | 19 February 2018 08:00

    Breastfeeding is beneficial for all newborns, but it is essential for premature infants or patients, because it improves their prognosis considerably. However, you cannot always count on it. This is where the generosity of women who donate their milk for creatures that are not theirs comes into play. Spain already has 13 centers that in 2016 distributed almost 7,500 liters to 2,281 babies.

  • Yes! The brain can be trained to avoid dyslexia Español

    SINC | 26 February 2018 09:21

    The ability of the brain to synchronize with the tone and intonation of speech influences how language is processed. This concludes a study by the Basque research center BCBL, whose results could help design more effective activities to train the brain in order to avoid future disorders such as dyslexia.

  • Film and literature surrender to rarity Español

    Laura Chaparro | 28 February 2018 08:00

    On the big screen and in the novels the characters can be as tall as giants, of short stature or with facial alterations. And it's not about fiction: they suffer from rare diseases. The patients celebrate that their ailments appear in the cinema and in the literature, but they ask for more realism and that their presence stops being exceptional.

  • The rejection of vaccines is neither healthy nor ecological Español

    Marcos Pérez Maldonado | 26 February 2018 13:20

    Last week, in A Coruña, several speeches by activists of the anti-vaccines movement during a fair of organic products and responsible consumption were announced. The public debate made the City Council react, which got the organization to cancel the conferences. Should these activities be considered as a crime against public health?

  • Why we should not lose the fear of measles Español

    Verónica Fuentes | 07 March 2018 08:00

    Measles infections have rebounded. After reaching historical lows in Europe in 2016, last year cases quadrupled with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 deaths. The loss of respect for the disease has propagated unscientific theories that question the importance of vaccination. But the virus does not rest.

  • Megacities at high risk due to climate change Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 12 March 2018 09:10

    Several coastal cities of the USA and China are in danger due to sea-level rise that will take place if adaptation measures against climate change are not taken. A study led by the Basque Center for Climate Change on the 120 largest cities in the world warns of the fate that will run large cities such as New Orleans, Canton, Shanghai, Boston and New York.

  • Men occupy 75% of the positions of maximum responsibility in the Spanish media Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 02 March 2018 14:44

    The precariousness in the media focuses on women journalists: among the members of the editorial offices with university studies that charge less than 1,000 Euros, 85% are women. In addition, men hold three quarters of the positions of maximum managerial responsibility and two thirds of the positions of decision-making on the contents. An international study with the participation of Spanish re...

  • The long shadow of childhood cancer Español

    Laura Chaparro | 17 June 2017 08:00

    About 80% of children who suffer some type of cancer overcome it. But their struggle does not end when they receive medical discharge. Heart, endocrine and fertility problems or even the appearance of a new tumor are some side effects that can manifest many years later. To prevent and deal with these consequences, survivors ask for a long-term follow-up protocol.

  • The brain puts the memories warehouse in order while we sleep Español

    SINC | 13 March 2018 09:33

    During the hours of sleep the memory performs a cleaning shift. A study led by a Spanish scientist at the University of Cambridge reveals that when we sleep, the neural connections that collect important information are strengthened and those created from irrelevant data are weakened until they get lost.

  • A star disturbed the comets of the solar system in prehistory Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 19 March 2018 08:17

    About 70,000 years ago, when the human species was already on Earth, a small reddish star approached our solar system and gravitationally disturbed comets and asteroids. Astronomers from the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge have verified that the movement of some of these objects is still marked by that stellar encounter.

  • Successful tests with advanced biomaterials to regenerate the sciatic nerve Español

    SINC | 22 March 2018 09:00

    Researchers from the Basque Country have developed implants based on biocompatible materials that allow progress in the regeneration of peripheral nerves, responsible for connecting the organs and muscles of the body with the central nervous system. The results have been validated in a sciatic nerve model in rats, developed by the National Hospital of Paraplegics of Toledo.

  • The altitudes of the Andes reveal an incessant number of new frogs Español

    Adeline Marcos | 27 March 2018 09:00

    The Andes mountain range hides many biological treasures between its altitudes. One of them is the great diversity of frogs that is coming to light little by little thanks to the work of a Spanish researcher, among others. The biologist has discovered many new amphibian species in the last decade, including a new genus. Its latest finding is that of a small brown frog in the Cordillera Real de...

  • Resonances to 'taste' loins and hams without opening them Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 28 March 2018 10:04

    Researchers from the University of Extremadura (Spain) have developed a methodology that allows us to know the properties of hams and whole loins using magnetic resonance imaging, the same non-invasive technique used in medicine. The method has already been made available to the meat industry.

  • This is the environmental footprint of the egg industry Español

    Adeline Marcos | 02 April 2018 08:35

    In recent years, egg production has been in the spotlight for animal welfare issues. While in most European countries the number of farms with free-range hens increases, in Spain 93% of laying hens are still caged. Added to this are the effects that the industry generates on the environment. A team of Spanish scientists reveals the environmental cost of egg production in a typical farm in Spain.

  • Wild boars assault the city through green areas in search of cat food Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 03 April 2018 08:08

    In Barcelona, the image of wild boar herds in the streets is increasingly common, which is a problem for the species and its coexistence with humans. Researchers from the Autonomous Universities of Barcelona and Aveiro (Portugal) have identified the main factors that lead these animals to the cities: they look for green corridors and dry foods like those of cats.

  • A cosmic gorilla effect could blind the detection of aliens Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 10 April 2018 08:35

    A well-known experiment with young people bouncing a ball showed that when an observer focuses on counting the passes, he does not detect if someone crosses the stage disguised as a gorilla. According to researchers at the University of Cádiz (Spain), something similar could be happening to us when we try to discover intelligent non-earthly signals, which perhaps manifest themselves in dimensio...

  • The fatal attraction of foxes to roads Español

    Adeline Marcos | 11 April 2018 08:11

    Foxes are one of the main predators of rabbits in Spain, but instead of going to hunt them where they abound, these carnivores prefer roads to find run-over animals or trash. The result is that the foxes themselves are overrun. A team of scientists analyzes the cascading effects that occur on Spanish roads with carnivorous mammals.

  • Cancer and mental illness, a perverse alliance Español

    Laura Chaparro | 10 October 2017 09:00

    Life with a tumor becomes complicated when the patient suffers a serious psychiatric disorder. In people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression, early detection often fails. And although the cancer is detected, in some cases, the mentally ill refuse to receive treatment. Psychiatrists ask for specific diagnostic and coordination programs to work with oncologists.

  • New portable device counts leukocytes through the skin Español

    SINC | 28 September 2015 10:11

    A novel way to count white blood cells without a blood test, simply by applying a small device on the fingertip, is being developed by a team of young bioengineers. The technology, that combines an optical sensor with algorithms, has already three prototypes on the go and is specially designed to be used on chemotherapy patients, who could know their immune system levels in real time. It could...

  • What would happen if men went on a care strike? Español

    Sergio Ferrer | 08 March 2018 05:00

    95% of Spanish mothers devote part of their day to children compared to 68% of fathers. Recent studies associate this inequality in family tasks with differences in salaries and job promotion. Stewardship and non-transferable permits are some of the solutions to a problem that some still try to justify is due to biological issues.

  • Why traffic accidents with cyclists are becoming increasingly more common Español

    Adeline Marcos | 18 April 2018 08:30

    The bicycle is a cheap and ecological way of transport, and it is also a healthy option. This is why the number of cyclists in cities has increased in recent years, but so has the accident rate. A study confirms that these incidents are caused by a combination of inadequate infrastructures and risk behaviour on the part of drivers and cyclists.

  • A study links soil metals with cancer mortality Español

    Enrique Sacristán | 16 April 2018 08:30

    Spanish epidemiologists and geologists have found associations between esophageal cancer and soils where lead is abundant, lung cancer and terrains with increased copper content, brain tumor with areas rich in arsenic, and bladder cancer with high cadmium levels. These statistical links do not indicate that there is a cause-effect relationship between soil type and cancer, but they suggest that...

  • A new molecular scissors act like a GPS to improve genome editing Español

    Ana Hernando | 04 July 2017 10:15

    Researchers from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), led by the Spanish researcher Guillermo Montoya, have discovered how Cpf1, a new molecular scissors unzip and cleave DNA. This member of the CRISPR-Cas family displays a high accuracy, capable of acting like a GPS in order to identify its destination within the intricate map of the genome. The high precision of Cpf1 will improve the...

  • This is how our brain finishes others´ sentences Español

    Dos personas durante una conversación

    SINC | 19 April 2018 10:00

    The Basque research centre BCBL has shown how we can anticipate a word before it is pronounced and thus complete a sentence without the need for the interlocutor to finish it. The experiment has proven that the ability to predict a term is related to the brain's ability to mentally construct sentences as they read or listen to them.

  • How to break the glass ceiling in neuroscience? Español

    Laura Chaparro | 17 March 2018 08:00

    In the largest European project on the human brain, the Human Brain Project, 85% of leaders are men. To try to correct imbalances like this, the consortium has organized a conference on gender and diversity in Madrid. The experts, mostly women, propose structural changes and education in equality.

  • A new ultrasound technique shows the brain of rodents in action Español

    Laura Chaparro | 27 February 2018 09:00

    Although there are techniques to analyze what happens in the brain while executing some activity, a new method based on ultrasound solves the problems of the previous ones: it is portable, has a better resolution and can be used in movement. A European team of researchers has validated its effectiveness in active and anesthetized rodents.

  • “A massive and global effort is needed find out how the brain works” Español

    Laura Chaparro | 30 January 2018 10:40

    The neuroscientist Gustavo Deco jokes: "Basically, we do not know anything about the brain. This Argentine doctor, a triple doctor in Physics, Computing and Psychology, hopes that the joined efforts of all disciplines reveal the secrets of the most complex organ. He is currently researching the circuitous network of connections that are activated when we do something as apparently simple a...

  • Images of the brain refute a theory of the 60s on the domain of language Español

    Laura Chaparro | 19 December 2017 10:57

    A region of the brain that extends through both hemispheres, the planum temporale, is larger in the left than in the right hemisphere. The finding was linked in the 1960s with the hosting of language processing in the left hemisphere, but today European researchers show that this asymmetry is not a marker of language lateralization.

  • The brain is still ‘connected’ during non-REM sleep Español

    Laura Chaparro | 30 November 2017 13:17

    When we sleep, our organism goes through different phases of sleep, however the brain remains interconnected during non-REM sleep, which was thought not to happen. The finding by a European team of researchers has also made it possible to analyse the scientific basis of consciousness, an increasingly important field of neuroscience.

  • ‘Low cost android’ to study the brain Español

    Laura Chaparro | 19 October 2017 08:00

    The two main pitfalls of robots which imitate the human body are their control and the difficulty encountered when manufacturing them in a cost-effective manner. Researchers from the MoCoTi European project have designed the prototype of an android which learns how to actuate its own limbs and can be easily duplicated. The device, formed of an artificial brain which controls a tendon-driven rob...

  • ‘Waves’ of neural activity give new clues about Alzheimer’s Español

    Laura Chaparro | 05 September 2017 11:00

    While unconscious during deep sleep, millions of neurons’ activity travels across the cerebral cortex. This phenomenon, known as slow waves, is related to the consolidation of memory. The European project called SloW Dyn, led by Spanish scientists, has now revealed anomalies in this activity in mice displaying a decline similar to Alzheimer’s.

  • Are Breast Cancer Apps Reliable? Español

    Ana Hernando | 24 April 2018 08:00

    A group of researchers has analyzed 599 mobile applications for breast cancer found in Apple and Google stores, and has concluded that most have been developed with little medical criteria. The authors have observed different levels of disinformation in these 'apps', ranging from material of questionable origin, offering information without citing any sources, to dangerous prescriptions.

  • Ketamine for treating depression that resists cures Español

    Verónica Fuentes | 21 April 2018 08:00

    Until now, ketamine has been used as a tranquilizer for horses or a hallucinogenic drug, but for some years scientific literature has given it a therapeutic potential for severe depression despite its risks: addiction and psychosis. In specific cases, experts talk about a 'psychoactive' cure. A new study now confirms the rapid action of this substance in depressive and suicidal states.