Category archives: Science

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: what changes in a stem cell to become malignant?

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: what changes in a stem cell to become malignant?

Biomedicine

By Invited Researcher

Author: José R. Pineda got his Ph.D. from University of Barcelona in 2006. Since 2007 he has worked for Institut Curie and The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. Currently he is a researcher of the UPV/EHU. He investigates the role of stem cells in physiologic and pathologic conditions. Research in oncology advances very […]

The ‘prehistory’ of philosophy of science (9):  Epicurus’ vessel and the origin of empiricism

The ‘prehistory’ of philosophy of science (9): Epicurus’ vessel and the origin of empiricism

Science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

One fascinating, as well as disconcerting fact about the evolution of Greek thought about science is that, almost immediately after the end of the ‘Classical’ period of philosophy, and particularly after Aristotle’s founding work on both philosophy and science, these two activities seemed to follow two radically separate courses. Actually, Greek science achieved its peak […]

Evidence of brand new physics at Cern? Why we’re cautiously optimistic about our new findings

Evidence of brand new physics at Cern? Why we’re cautiously optimistic about our new findings

Particle physicsPhysics

By Invited Researcher

When Cern’s gargantuan accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), fired up ten years ago, hopes abounded that new particles would soon be discovered that could help us unravel physics’ deepest mysteries. Dark matter, microscopic black holes and hidden dimensions were just some of the possibilities. But aside from the spectacular discovery of the Higgs boson […]

HOMA: a space orbit simulator

HOMA: a space orbit simulator

MathematicsPhysics

By BCAM

Quick simulations of space orbits and trajectories are essential in different aspects of space engineering, from the optimization of trajectories and orbit transfers, to the determination of the orbits themselves, altitude control, and gravitational modelling. Although the preliminary analysis of satellite space orbits can be done without extensive simulations, to represent the dynamical states of […]

Hungry for hugs

Hungry for hugs

Neurobiology

By José Ramón Alonso

COVID-19 worsens the already existing social difficulties for older adults and the disabled involved in long-term care services and supports; i.e., nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and home and community-based services . A hug is a form of non-verbal communication. It can indicate familiarity, love, affection, friendship, brotherhood, or sympathy. We use it when we […]

3 medical innovations fueled by COVID-19 that will outlast the pandemic

3 medical innovations fueled by COVID-19 that will outlast the pandemic

Computer scienceGeneticsHealthMedicineMolecular biologyPharmacy

By Invited Researcher

A number of technologies and tools got a chance to prove themselves for the first time in the context of COVID-19. Three researchers working in gene-based vaccines, wearable diagnostics and drug discovery explain how their work rose to the challenge of the pandemic, and their hopes that each technology is now poised to continue making […]

STOP the STOP in cancer: evading pathogenic premature translation termination of tumor suppressors

STOP the STOP in cancer: evading pathogenic premature translation termination of tumor suppressors

BiomedicineMedicineMolecular biology

By Invited Researcher

Inherited or somatic mutations targeting genes which encode essential cell growth regulatory proteins favor the emergence of cancer. Cells carrying these mutations acquire growing and survival advantages that trigger the emergence of the tumor. A large number of tumor-associated mutations, as well as many mutations found in the germline of hereditary cancer patients, are single-nucleotide […]

Tuning the excited-state Hückel‐Baird hybrid aromaticity

Tuning the excited-state Hückel‐Baird hybrid aromaticity

ChemistryDIPC Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

By DIPC

Molecules when excited from their ground state (S0) to their lowest electronically excited states often change their electronic structure considerably, which impacts on a range of important molecular properties. For example, the reactivity of a molecule in its excited state often differs markedly from that in its S0 state. Also, the charge distribution within a […]