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2010-10-06 23:17:13

Barred for up to ten years from receiving research grants from the Swedish Research Council. There will be serious consequences for the few researchers who are guilty of plagiarism, falsification, or inventing results. "We need to be able to rely on research findings," says Pär Omling, Director General of the Swedish Research Council. The Swedish Research Council has made a decision about how it should deal with researchers who are found to have committed research fraud. Any researcher...

2010-10-01 14:34:20

Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) have produced a new league table of Spanish savings banks based on economic, financial and social criteria. This is the first study of these characteristics carried out in Spain, and the data used come from the savings banks' annual accounts for 2007. "All the banking sector rankings previously produced have revolved around a single variable, such as size, number of assets or number of deposits, meaning they fail to give an overall...

2010-09-27 17:21:32

"If you study, you are more likely to get a stable job, even if it doesn't have anything to do with your training". This is the thinking of workers living in Spain, according to a research study by the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), which studied the level of over-education in Spain, Italy and France, and the relationship between this and temporary work. "This can be explained by the high levels of employment insecurity in Spain in comparison with other European countries", Luis Ortiz, author...

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2010-09-27 13:01:31

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have developed a new system to monitor how clouds affect large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants. By observing cloud shape, size and movement, the system provides a way for utility companies to predict and prepare for fluctuations in power output due to changes in weather. The resulting models will provide utility companies with valuable data to assess potential power plant locations, ramp rates and power output. Sandia researchers' work is...

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2010-09-13 13:23:37

University of Missouri scientists create a vegetable oil from soybeans that is much healthier than others Years of research has proven that saturated and trans fats clog arteries, make it tough for the heart to pump and are not valuable components of any diet. Unfortunately, they are contained in many foods. Now, a University of Missouri research team has developed a soybean which produces oil that is naturally low in saturated and trans fats. "When we started this research, we were looking...

2010-07-12 13:32:47

Malolactic fermentation is a key part in the process of cider making, as it reduces acidity. Malic acid, a common component in fruit, undergoes a chemical transformation, turning into lactic acid. In the case of Basque natural cider (unlike with wine), after this process there is not normally any microbiological stabilisation treatment. This means that the lactic bacteria become the dominant microbiota. Some of these bacteria cause alterations that can affect the properties of the cider....

2010-06-24 16:20:41

Some viruses insert themselves into the host's DNA during infection in a process called retroviral integration, causing several diseases, including AIDS and cancer, notes a Texas A&M researcher who specializes in fetal diseases. However, stem cells that give rise to the early embryo and yolk sac fight back, inhibiting further infection by aggressively silencing the invading viral DNA, says Michael Golding of the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology. The work of the...

2010-06-16 22:13:40

Applied brocade is a relief technique representing, in a highly realistic manner, embroidered textiles in gold and silver in sculptures and paintings. It involves a filling reinforced with a sheet foil of tin. Invented in Germany between 1415 and 1430, it became highly successful. It was one of the hallmarks of Flemish art in the XV and XVI centuries, its use spreading throughout Europe. In the Basque Country, this applied brocade is found in six wood altarpieces in churches in Errenteria,...

2010-05-27 16:36:05

This research was developed by Dr. Enrique Garcia Artero, from the Department of Physiology of the University of Granada, and coordinated by Professor Manuel J. Castillo Garz³n. To carry out this project, the researcher used data from the national and European projects AVENA (Food and Assessment of Nutritional Status of Spanish Adolescents) and HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) and ALPHA (Assessing Levels of Physical Activity and Fitness; Public Health...

2010-05-25 09:03:52

Not using effective contraception once becoming sexually active multiplies up to 6 times the risk for teen pregnancy The effective use of contraception once becoming sexually active is the best way to avoid unwanted pregnancy during adolescence. This is just one of the conclusions of a study by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid which additionally reveals that using no contraception or using it well after starting sexual relations increases...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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