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Mesopelagic Fish Biomass Is 10 Times Higher Than Estimated
2014-02-10 06:40:49

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) The stock of mesopelagic fish changes from 1,000 to 10,000 million tons With a stock estimated at 1,000 million tons so far, mesopelagic fish dominate the total biomass of fish in the ocean. However, a team of researchers with the participation of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has found that their abundance could be at least 10 times higher. The results, published in Nature Communications journal, are based on the acoustic...

Mesolithic Hunter-Gatherers Had Blue Eyes, Dark Skin
2014-01-27 04:48:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A 7,000 year old man from the Mesolithic Period, named La Braña 1 and recovered at the La Braña-Arintero site in Valdelugueros, Spain, reportedly had blue eyes and dark skin. The study, published in Nature and led by Carles Lalueza-Fox of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), represents the first recovered genome of an European hunter-gatherer. Ending with the advent of agriculture and livestock farming from the Middle...

More Than Half A Million Galaxies Identified And Classified By The ALHAMBRA Project
2013-12-02 12:15:47

RUVID The ALHAMBRA project, led by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía and in which the University of Valencia has participated, has identified and classified more than half a million galaxies, after seven years of close observation of the universe from the Observatory of Calar Alto (CAHA, Almería) and thanks to a technique that breaks the stars energy in their colors through astronomical filters. In addition, this research has also allowed calculating the...

2013-02-12 16:54:57

A study based on US Airports proposes a new methodology to assess the degree of air traffic congestion - Delays systematically proliferate in air network due to a domino effect A study led by researchers of the Spanish National Research Council and the University of the Balearic Islands asserts that crew rotation and passengers connections systematically spread flight delays due to a domino effect. The work, that proposes a new methodology to assess the degree of air traffic congestion, is...

Intense Rainfall In The Ebro Basin Is Becoming Less Frequent
2013-02-05 11:25:23

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Researchers from CSIC's Aula Dei Experimental Station in Zaragoza, Spain have confirmed that the frequency of intense rainfall has been decreasing in the Ebro basin since 1955. Despite what it may seem, intense rain is becoming rarer in the Ebro basin according to two studies carried out by Spanish researchers from the Department of Soil and Water of CSIC's Aula Dei Experimental Station in Zaragoza. Their results have been published...

Scientists Obtain Complete Melon Genome
2012-07-04 02:55:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers in Spain report that they have obtained the melon genome. This is the first time that a Spanish initiative that unites private and state-run centers has gained the complete genome of a higher organism, a plant, which produces flowers and seeds. Also, it has been done by applying massive sequencing technologies. Besides the complete melon genome, scientists have obtained the particular genomes of seven melon varieties....

2012-06-04 17:24:16

-It acts simultaneously on several targets in the brain -In vitro studies reveal a reduction in the ß-amyloid peptide aggregation, involved in the disease, and a boost in cognitive function -It could lead the development of more efficient drugs than those currently used Researchers at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Barcelona (UB) have developed a multitarget molecule, ASS234, which...

2012-02-08 12:30:30

A team of researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have developed a web application to test the visual intelligence of Facebook users through the social network. The new platform will enable researchers to test different cognitive skills and to obtain large amounts of data that determine what parameters affect the brain's visual capacity. Any Facebook user can download this application (available in both Spanish and English languages), which consists of different tests...

2012-01-26 09:00:17

A team of international archeologists, led by the Spanish National Research Council, has documented a series of more than 7,500-year-old fish seines and traps near Moscow. The equipment found, among the oldest in Europe, displays a great technical complexity. The survey will allow us to understand the role of fishing among the European settlements by early Holocene (10,000 years ago), especially in those areas where inhabitants did not practice agriculture until nearly the Iron Age....

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2011-08-01 12:20:00

According to new research, drinking wine or eating grapes could help protect people from sunburns. Spanish scientists found in a new study that substances in grapes protect cells from the damage ultraviolet (UV) rays cause on the skin. The University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council looked at the chemical reaction in the skin when the sun's UV rays hit it. The researchers found that flavonoids in the grapes can stop the chemical reaction that causes cells to die,...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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