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Nueve innovaciones del Metro de Madrid que han hecho historiaArchivo Metro Madrid

Vestíbulo de la estación clausurada de Chamberí. / Archivo Metro Madrid

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Nueve innovaciones del Metro de Madrid que han hecho historiaArchivo Metro Madrid

Vestíbulo de la estación clausurada de Chamberí. / Archivo Metro Madrid

Graphene reaches the market... secretly

It is a two-dimensional material that has promised almost magical applications. Almost ten years after its ‘parents’ won a Nobel Prize, its most mundane applications are coming to market. Although the products are not revolutionary, many companies that use graphene do so with a secrecy that stands out against the marketing of others.

An exceptional compound with two sides
Ammonia synthesis: the greatest innovation of the 20th century
1 August 2018 13:28

In addition to being a well-known cleaning product, ammonia is essential in the manufacture of fertilizers that, equally, are necessary to produce food for livestock and mankind. The chemical process to synthesize this nitrogenous compound has hardly changed in 100 years and is still essential for our society, although scientists do not know how to mitigate its negative consequences on the environment.

Improvisation is curbing innovation at small and medium-sized Spanish construction firms
10 February 2016 8:59

Small and medium-sized Spanish construction firms prioritize securing contracts and production over any R&D activity. These firms are focused on their day-to-day responsibilities and do not dedicate time to generate creative ideas. Their technological improvements arise as a result of problem-solving at the construction site. However, these innovations are not reported or shared with anyone, leading to their eventual disappearance, according to a study carried out by the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Self-employment and entrepreneurship are not synonymous
16 December 2015 9:04

In recent years it has spread the idea that self-employment is associated with greater entrepreneurial activity. However, a study by the University of Oviedo (Spain) has dismantled this myth and shown that self-employed workers in Spain that eventually become entrepreneurs are very few in number. It also stresses that the effect of self-employment on reducing unemployment is weak, due to the high mortality rate of new businesses during periods of economic crisis.

Spanish software tracks the source of faecally polluted water
8 June 2015 10:40

Spanish scientists have developed a new piece of software to predict the source of faecal pollution in seas, reservoirs and rivers. The system, called Ichnaea, uses the automatic learning and analysis of various biological indicators to make highly reliable predictions of this type of pollution, which poses a serious health risk. The team is now looking for funding to move the whole application to the cloud.

Green engineering for waste management
1 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 techniques for the sustainable production of graphene and the synthesis of pharmaceutical products.

Gender diversity promotes radical innovation
18 March 2014 10:10

A study carried out by the University of Castilla la Mancha shows that gender diversity within research teams fosters novel solutions leading to radical innovation, in the company and in the market. According to the study, forming mixed teams of men and women in a technological context is also a critical element in increasing competitiveness.

Laboratory at the Science Park of Barcelona./ Raimon Solà
The lack of incentives and the legal obstacles hinder knowledge transfer at universities
11 February 2014 10:00

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