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Spanish scientists find for the first time the key molecule for the origin of life

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 4, 2021

Spanish scientists find for the first time the key molecule for the origin of life

A molecule, called ethanolamine, that contains the four fundamental chemical elements (oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen), has been detected for the first time by researchers at the Center for Astrobiology (CAB), a Spanish organisation of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) and the National Institute of Aerospace Technology of the Spanish Ministry of Defense. The finding has occurred in a molecular cloud located in the center o…

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German scientists find cause and solution to AstraZeneca and Janssen thrombi

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 28, 2021

German scientists find cause and solution to AstraZeneca and Janssen thrombi

As of today, the United Kingdom has registered 309 cases of thrombi among the 33 million people who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine. In Europe, the figure is 142 among the 16 million who have received the drug from Oxford and Janssen. A group of German scientists claims to have discovered the cause of thrombi caused by these vaccines…

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A tetraplegic capable of writing with his mind with brain chips

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 12, 2021

A tetraplegic capable of writing with his mind with brain chips

The typing speed of a spinal cord injured was close to that of other people typing on their mobile. Sensors in the brain of a tetraplegic have captured neural activity while imagining that he was writing and have converted it, letter by letter, into text. This brain-computer interface (BCI) has achieved a writing speed close to that of anybody while typing on a mobile phone…

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Oxford achieves the first malaria vaccine with an efficacy of 77%

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 26, 2021

Oxford achieves the first malaria vaccine with an efficacy of 77%

Researchers from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and their partners have reported that they have achieved 77% efficacy in a randomised, controlled, double-blind, phase IIb trial conducted at the Nanoro Clinical Research Unit/Health Sciences Research Institute (Burkina Faso), with 450 participants from between 5 and 17 months recruited in the Burkinabe department of Nanoro, which includes 24 villages and a population of approximately 65,000 people. The participants were divided into th…

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Scientists create hybrid human and monkey embryos, which may help 'build' organs for transplantation and study cancer and ageing

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 16, 2021

Scientists create hybrid human and monkey embryos, which may help 'build' organs for transplantation and study cancer and ageing

The experiment makes it possible to advance in the knowledge of the first stages of pregnancy and paves the way for obtaining, in the future, organs for transplantation in animals. An international team of researchers, led by the Spanish Juan Carlos Izpisúa, from the Salk Institute in the United States, and with the collaboration of the Kunming University of Science and Technology in Yunnan, China (led by Weizhi Ji), has generated hybrid human and macaque embryos in the laboratory…

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An autonomous drone that pollinates with a bubble gun

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 8, 2021

An autonomous drone that pollinates with a bubble gun

Scientists from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, AIST (Japan), present a drone that can pollinate an orchard in much the same way as the bees do. Many plants rely almost entirely on bees as natural pollinators to produce some of nature's most nutritious foods, but bee species have declined significantly in recent decades. To compensate for declining pollinator populations, scientists have been trying to create robotic pollination technologies, and this initiative ap…

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A marine animal from Ibiza, key to the promising Spanish antiviral against COVID-19

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 14, 2021

A marine animal from Ibiza, key to the promising Spanish antiviral against COVID-19

The Spanish company PharmaMar has created and developed an antiviral drug, called plitidepsin, that has been shown to be capable of reducing viral loads caused by coronavirus by 99%, something that has been achieved so far in the lungs of treated animals. The company is actually already immersed in clinical trials and is negotiating the beginning of phase III. To have been able to develop plitidepsin, PharmaMar has used a marine animal called ascidiacea, belonging to the subphylum urochordata.…

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Israeli scientists claim to have managed to reverse the ageing process

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on December 29, 2020

Israeli scientists claim to have managed to reverse the ageing process

A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University and Shamir Medical Center, in Israel, claim to have found an effective way to stop cellular ageing. In an article that has appeared in the journal Ageing, scientists say that pure oxygen treatments inside hyperbaric chambers (HBO) can stop, in healthy adults, the ageing of their blood cells, and even reverse the ageing process…

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Two monkeys manage to "see" without using their eyes thanks to a brain stimulation device

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on December 21, 2020

Two monkeys manage to

There are currently 40 million blind people in the world, according to the World Health Organisation. The Vision and Cognition group of the Dutch Institute of Neuroscience and the Neuroprosthesis and Visual Rehabilitation Unit of the Bioengineering Institute of the Miguel Hernández University in Spain have created high-resolution implants that made possible to create interpretable images for animals through electrical stimuli…

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Scientists turn plastic into a clean source of hydrogen

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on December 14, 2020

Scientists turn plastic into a clean source of hydrogen

Today, the 4.9 billion tons of plastic currently on earth end up in landfills or in the wild, and this number is increasing year after year, making ballast one of the most serious environmental problems of our time. A new light appears at the end of the tunnel: chemists at the University of Oxford in the UK have found a way to turn plastic bottles, bags and other packaging into a clean source of hydrogen that has the ability to be reused as a clean fuel…

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