The research group ‘Cellular and age-related stress’ at the University of Jaén has carried out a baseline study on melatonin, a hormone that we produce regularly, and has shown the positive effects it has on reducing and repairing damage caused by a stroke, a condition that affects 1 in 6 people in Spain. The study will be used to develop future treatments using this hormone, which is already known for its benefits in regulating sleep and slowing down ageing.
Researchers at the University of Malaga have, for the first time, measured lexical richness and vocabulary in oral expression in Spanish. This has been possible thanks to the design of an algorithm guaranteeing very reliable results. One of the conclusions they have reached is that, when we speak, we don’t use more than 2,500 words.
It is a project by the company Omnium Lab in collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and their programme PEACEapp. ‘Survival’ is a graphic adventure which hopes to warn people of the danger involved in crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in dinghies, and all the problems and threats faced during migrant crossings. In the Cádiz city, young immigrants and refugees have worked hand in hand with local teenagers to contribute to the development of the game. In this way, the project promoters have fostered intercultural coexistence.
The universities of Almeria and Valencia are celebrating, as their botanists have just introduced the scientific world to a new type of vascular plant, which represents one of the most notable discoveries in Spanish flora in recent years. In the Sierra de Gador mountains in Almeria, The Naturalist Association of Almeria found a species that they were unable to identify. They sent samples to Juan Mota, a Botany professor at the University of Almeria and Jaime Güemes, a conservator of the University of Valencia Botanic Gardens, who, after years of study, have identified the new plant: the Gadoria falukei.