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Refining Dates For The Atapuerca Site Where Homo Antecessor Was Discovered
2014-02-10 09:43:28

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology One of the issues of the Atapuerca sites that generates the most scientific debate is the dating of the strata where the fossils are found. Therefore, researchers at the Spanish National Research Centre for Human Evolution, among others, strive to settle the dates. A study published by the 'Journal of Archaeological Science' has clarified that the sediment of Gran Dolina, where the first remains of Homo antecessor were discovered in...

Waterfowl Poisoning Reduced By Lead Shot Prohibition
2014-01-17 13:10:53

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Lead shot was forbidden in 2001 in Spanish wetlands on the Ramsar List of these areas of international importance. Ten years later, this prohibition -and the consequent use of steel shot by hunters- has started to bear fruit, according to a report in the journal 'Environment International'. "The most important part of our work is that it shows that, despite it's still covering a partial area, the change of material from lead to steel...

Big Game Hunting Has Increased In Spain During The Last 30 Years
2013-06-06 16:15:49

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Since ancient times, the pressures of excessive hunting have contributed to the gradual decline of wildlife populations and even the extinction of certain species in many areas. Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and the Centre for Forestry Research (INIA-CIFOR) have studied the developments in big game in Spain between 1972 and 2007 to gain an understanding of the hunting trends of the last decades. "We...

Spain's Solar Radiation Increasing
2013-06-06 16:01:54

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Solar radiation in Spain has increased by 2.3% every decade since the 1980s, according to a study by researchers from the University of Girona and the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. This increase is linked to the decreased presence of clouds, which has increased the amount of direct radiation reaching us from the Sun. "The mean annual G series over Spain shows a tendency to increase during the 1985-2010 period,...

New Species Of Marine Fish From The Devonian Period Discovered In Teruel
2013-06-03 18:50:57

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Researchers from the University of Valencia and the Natural History Museum of Berlin have studied the fossilized remains of scales and bones found in Teruel and the south of Zaragoza, ascertaining that they belong to a new fish species called Machaeracanthus goujeti that lived in that area of the peninsula during the Devonian period. The fossils are part of the collection housed in the Palaeontology Museum of Zaragoza. In the journal...

Doctors Prescribe More Analgesics To Women Than Men
2013-05-21 14:16:21

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Regardless of pain, social class or age, a woman is more likely to be prescribed pain-relieving drugs. A study published in Gaceta Sanitaria (Spanish health scientific journal) affirms that this phenomenon is influenced by socioeconomic inequality between genders in the Autonomous Community in which the patient resides. In 1999, a researcher at the University of Harvard, Ishiro Kawachi, observed that in the states of the USA with a...

More Feathers Means More Eggs When It Comes To Sparrows
2013-05-07 20:16:17

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology An international team lead by the University of Granada has found that female sparrows will invest more energy into laying eggs according to the male's ability to fill the nest with feathers which serve to insulate the chicks from the cold and keep them alive. Scientists from the University of Granada, in collaboration with the South African University of the Witwatersrand and the Percy FitzPatrick Institute at the University of Cape...

New Clues To The Mystery Behind The Maya Blue Formula
2013-04-02 12:34:38

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology [ Watch The Video Searching to Rediscover the Mysterious Maya Blue Formula ] The recipe and process for preparing Maya Blue, a highly-resistant pigment used for centuries in Mesoamerica, were lost. We know that the ingredients are a plant dye, indigo, and a type of clay known as palygorskite, but scientists do not know how they were 'cooked' and combined together. Now, a team of chemists from the University of Valencia and the...

Geostatistical Method Used To Predict Urban Pollution
2013-03-26 11:14:36

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Researchers from the University of Castilla-La Mancha have developed a measurement system which permits the prediction of atmospheric pollution due to nitrogen oxides in a specific location and at a particular time. The study is supported by a massive database from urban areas in the Community of Madrid. The World Health Organization has stated that almost 2.5 million people die every year from causes directly attributable to air...

Social Bees Use Chemical Signals To Mark Dangerous Flowers
2013-03-14 13:32:43

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Scientists already knew that some social bee species warn their conspecifics when detecting the presence of a predator near their hive, which in turn causes an attack response to the possible predator. Researchers at the University of Tours (France) in collaboration with the Experimental Station of Arid Zones of Almeria (Spain) have now demonstrated that they also use chemical signals to mark those flowers where they have previously...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.