Una vez al año trabajadores se descuelgan por la estructura de 102 metros de altura para limpiar el icónico monumento belga
¿Quién debe decidir la agenda de la investigación? Vota y opina
¿Te interesa la ciencia? ¿Crees que los científicos deberían hacer más por escuchar a los ciudadanos? Vota y opina
Los avances en ciencia hay que compaginarlos con el sistema de revistas y protección intelectual
La CE pulsa la opinión de la gente
Las mujeres siguen estando poco representadas en el sector de la investigación ¿Qué piensas?
Bruselas está preocupada porque muchos ciudadanos los ven como algo ajeno y lejano
As kids, we all have observed ants walking in line towards some sugary treat, like a drop of soda left quite intentionally on the pavement. We were and still are fascinated about how these tiny insects are able to follow each other, find their nest, and exploit an opportune food source.
The weather at any given time and place is the result of complex interactions of many factors, not all of which are local.
As you progress through the environment, moving images form on your retina. This “optic flow” originates from your – the observer’s – navigation. This enables you to perceive and interact with your surroundings.
The year 2009 marked a crucial juncture in the evolution of an international response to the threat of global climate change.
Reading about sports usually means reading about how good it is for you. Regular exercise is beneficial for one's health: exercise strengthens your self-esteem and your well-being, it reduces the risk of heart disease and so on. Hence, elite athletes have to be very healthy. How does an eating disorder come about in elite sports athletes. At first glance, it may seem confusing. In reality, infections and disorders in elite athletes are an issue.
Discovery by researchers at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid will contribute to a better understanding of the acquisition of tumour-promoting phenotype in colon cancer cells, and it will bring new possibilities to develop cancer treatment therapies.
Lipids are vital components of the membrane that envelopes each living cell and include such substances as fats, oils, and waxes. Lipid composition of a cell membrane can change dramatically at different stages of development of the whole organism or even that of a single cell.
La investigación y la innovación son y serán el futuro de Europa
Normal water is characterized by being one of the fluids with anomalous behaviour. On the other hand, possibly thanks to its anomalies, it is a basic substance for life. Recent research results show that the structural change of water on the nanoscale could explain its macroscopic anomalies.
The practice of using wild plants for medicinal purposes is rare in Old Europe, but it is still present in Eastern Europe today. Interestingly, just over a century ago, when the rural population of Estonia had poor access to medical help, plants were an irreplaceable means of dealing with diseases. Estonians used about 1/3 of their locally growing plants for healing and disease prevention.
Researchers at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are using three-dimensional reconstructions of female genitalia to research the taxonomy of insects
One of the approaches to obtain a controlled release of drugs in a specific place is to entrap them in hydrogels
The obesity ‘epidemic’ has driven people to criticize fatness, but we must not forget that fat is an important part of the body
Researchers of Autónoma University of Madrid have developed a new computer tool that generates sign language messages from written text and voice, by integration of body language properties in a virtual character. The system could be of great help to people with hearing impairment.
When you have a message, you can shout it out loud. That is what cancer cells do. When a tumour grows, it needs more oxygen and nutrients
Understanding the complex network controlling energy balance and feeding behaviour can help overcome obesity
A New Caledonian crow sits in a tree and breaks off a twig. It shapes this twig into a tool by removing smaller twigs and finally probes this twig into a crevice of a tree trunk to retrieve a maggot. At the same time, a common raven sits in a tree but, rather than creating a tool, it watches the other ravens nearby with the intention of pilfering their food caches. The other ravens, in turn, trick and deceive their competitors to secure their hoards by considering exactly what the other ravens can and cannot see. A grey parrot neither uses tools nor caches food, but can learn human words and become knowledgeable about language. Eventually, it may be able to answer questions and articulate its own food requests, most famously demonstrated by Alex, the renowned grey parrot of Irene Pepperberg.
Researchers in Italy are looking at the healthy and unhealthy compounds in our food
The shape of a bird’s skull is an adult version of juvenile skulls of theropods, a wide group of two-legged carnivorous dinosaurs. This has been corroborated in an article published in Nature by an international team of scientists including palaeontologists from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
A planet like ours…Are there planets like our Earth around other stars? If so, are they suitable for life? And what are their parent stars like? Scientists are now able to answer these exciting questions with the help of the Kepler spacecraft
In today’s electronic world of twitter and tweets, RSS feeds and the torrent of electronic information that flows through the Internet, how do we know which information to trust? A theory of argument by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle shows how we can evaluate the trustworthiness of information in the everyday business of reasoning and making decisions
The Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona has developed an innovative wind prospecting system designed to being used especially in marine environments. The project is based on a hot air balloon which has a module with meteorological sensors and other positioning systems which allow knowing at all times wind strength and direction, regardless of the position of the balloon
Genius Lies in the Cross-Sensory World of the Synaesthete
Researchers from the University of Barcelona discover a new family of key mitochondrial proteins for the function and viability of the brain
“Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he” - Publilius Syrus Roman author, 1st century B.C.
Cancer treatment is not always successful but the discovery by scientists of a new type of ‘miniature antibody’ in llamas is giving hope for new treatments for cancers that are not cured by conventional therapies
Patriotism has been long been a key factor in international sports—athletes aren’t just competing for their own satisfaction but for the glory of their country. And this uneasy relationship isn’t just a modern affair, politics has had a huge role in sports since the ancient Olympic Games
A growing understanding of the biology of fracture healing, together with the development of drugs that are active in bone, such as drugs to treat osteoporosis, give researchers new instruments with which to work to support orthopaedic surgery and bone healing
Researchers at the Center of Pharmaceutical Studies of the University of Coimbra are studying the volatile compounds typical from the aromatic plants that have potential usefulness for maintaining human health
Code-breaking strategies derived in 1977 by the famous computer scientist Donald Knuth can be very useful in finding solutions in biology
Molecules in the embryonic brain liquor may be used as therapeutic agents to increase our quality of life, and their study in embryos is paving the way for a more precise analysis of the effect of drugs on brain development, a goal of gynaecological medicine
Transformative drama is closely linked with the issue of identity and can be helpful in overcoming an identity crisis
Comparison of mouse DNA with that of other species has revealed several genes that have developed through a mechanism of gene creation that remained undiscovered until recently. Research at Trinity College Dublin indicate that this new mode of gene creation is far more frequent than was initially thought.
Does brain imaging revolutionize our decisions about life and death for patients with disorders of consciousness?
The discovery of in vitro fertilization (IVF) at the end of the 1970s introduced a fundamental change in the way in which new family members can be created. Currently, more than two-hundred thousand children are conceived through IVF or other similar techniques every year. With more and more couples using IVF to conceive, it has become increasingly important to understand if and how families’ wellbeing is affected by the use of these techniques.
Researchers at the University of Vienna are working with pigeons to understand how, with a brain only about 1/1000th the size of ours, they sometimes outperform their human observers in the speed at which they can identify such things as people or trees in photographs. This is essential for gaining insight into the way in which perception and cognition in our own species have evolved.