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The STEM field is failing to attract female talent

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The STEM field is failing to attract female talent

July 2022

Science
Mireia Usart, Sònia Sánchez-Canut and Beatriz Lores, Universitat Rovira i Virgili

In Spain, only 16% of STEM professionals are women.  We analyse this gender gap.

Can an Internet-delivered psychological intervention improve wellbeing in patients with fibromyalgia?

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Can an Internet-delivered psychological intervention improve wellbeing in patients with fibromyalgia?

May 2022

Science
Guadalupe Molinari, Carlos Suso-Ribera, Mónica Navarro Sánchez, Diana Castilla, Rosa María Baños, Cristina Botella and Azucena García-Palacios, CIBEROBN, Universitat Jaume I, Universitat de València

After a psychological intervention online, 39% of the patients with fibromyalgia who participated in the study reported a moderate improvement in their mood.

Evolution of science and technology in Portugal and Spain

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Evolution of science and technology in Portugal and Spain

April 2022

Science
Luis Sanz Menéndez, CSIC Institute of Public Goods and Policies, Madrid, Spain;Tiago Santos Pereira, Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra, Portugal

The European Union set a target for the business sector to invest 2% of GDP in R&D. How is the convergence of Spain and Portugal towards this goal progressing?

Human resources for research in Spain and Portugal

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Human resources for research in Spain and Portugal

April 2022

Science
Laura Cruz Castro, Luis Sanz Menéndez, Cláudia Sarrico and Tiago Santos Pereira

People who work in research are a pillar of the system. Are the working conditions of this sector favourable in Spain and Portugal or are they forcing a brain drain?

Science-business links in Portugal and Spain: untapped potential for innovation?

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Science-business links in Portugal and Spain: untapped potential for innovation?

April 2022

Science
Manuel Mira Godinho, José Guimón, Catalina Martínez and Joana Mendonça

In Spain and Portugal, only 6% of PhD holders work in the business sector. There is a broad margin for improvement in the relationship between science and business.

Gambling addiction in adolescence: betting, technologies and drug use

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Gambling addiction in adolescence: betting, technologies and drug use

June 2021

Science
Mariano Chóliz Montañés and Marta Marcos Moliner, Universitat de València

According to this study, the most popular form of gambling among teenagers is sports betting, and there is a higher level of online gambling addiction among boys. 

From Moderate to Hyperconnected Users: Six Smartphone Use Profiles and Their Impact on Personal Well-being

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From Moderate to Hyperconnected Users: Six Smartphone Use Profiles and Their Impact on Personal Well-being

June 2021

Science
Charo Sádaba, Javier García-Manglano, Aurelio Fernández, Claudia López and Cecilia Serrano, Jóvenes en Transición research group, Instituto Cultura y Sociedad, Universidad de Navarra

What use are young Spaniards making of mobile phones? This study indicates that 19% are hyperconnected, showing difficulties in controlling the use of this technology.

 

 

 

Does knowing the scientific evidence help to dispel unfounded beliefs?

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Does knowing the scientific evidence help to dispel unfounded beliefs?

May 2021

Science
Jordi Brandts, Instituto de Análisis Económico (CSIC) and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE);Isabel Busom, UAB;Cristina Lopez-Mayan, Euncet Business School;Judith Panadés, UAB and BGSE

A majority belief exists that setting a maximum limit for rental prices would help more people to access housing, but what do the studies say? We analyse whether having access to information changes people’s opinions.

Can algorithms expose tax fraud?

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Can algorithms expose tax fraud?

October 2020

Science Social Inclusion
Ignacio González, Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria;Alfonso Mateos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid;Adapted by: Eli Vivas and Carina Bellver (StoryData)

Things are becoming increasingly difficult for tax evaders, with the new big data and artificial intelligence techniques that detect hidden wealth, the abuse of aggressive tax engineering and money laundering.

How can we improve support in Spain for public policies proposing to fight climate change?

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How can we improve support in Spain for public policies proposing to fight climate change?

September 2020

Science
Maria Rubio Juan, Melanie Revilla, André Pirralha and Wiebke Weber, RECSM-Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Climate change is a concern worldwide, but what influences support for climate change policies? According to this study, the determining factor is the perceived effectiveness of each measure.

How many people do we know?

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How many people do we know?

November 2019

Science
Miranda Jessica Lubbers, José Luis Molina and Hugo Valenzuela, (Investigation Group GRAFO, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona);Adaptation: Xavier Aguilar

According to this study, we frequently interact with an average of 536 acquaintances, but the number is different for each person. What factors influence the size of our relationship circles?

Does science advance one funeral at a time?

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Does science advance one funeral at a time?

July 2019

Science
Christian Fons-Rosen, Pompeu Fabra University

What happens when a scientist conducting high-level research dies prematurely? This article confirms a proliferation of articles by new researchers, with disruptive ideas, in the field of the deceased person.

Do we take the medication that doctors prescribe for us?

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Do we take the medication that doctors prescribe for us?

March 2019

Science
Ignacio Aznar Lou, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu;María Rubio Valera, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu

Not following the treatments prescribed in primary healthcare has an economic impact, due to higher probabilities of absence from work and of the use of emergency healthcare services. We analyse this situation.

The new generation of digital technologies in Spain

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The new generation of digital technologies in Spain

February 2019

Josep Lladós, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Will new-generation technologies substitute the most routine jobs? Discover the impact of automation on the world of work. 

Women live more years, but not always with health and happiness

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Women live more years, but not always with health and happiness

February 2019

Social Inclusion Science
Aïda Solé-Auró, Pompeu Fabra University

Is living longer synonymous with good health? The following study compares, within the European context, life expectancy and happiness among men and women.

The risks to babies’ health posed by planned early delivery for non-medical reasons

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The risks to babies’ health posed by planned early delivery for non-medical reasons

January 2019

Science
Cristina Borra, Universidad de Sevilla;Libertad González, Universitat Pompeu Fabra;Almudena Sevilla, University College London

Planned early delivery for non-medical reasons may have negative consequences for babies’ health. The cancellation of Spain’s “baby cheque” made it possible to investigate the impact of this practice on infant health.     

Cities, pollution and climate change: to what extent can green infrastructure help?

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Cities, pollution and climate change: to what extent can green infrastructure help?

October 2018

Science
Francesc Baró, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB);"la Caixa” Social Observatory Award for the best article in the field of Science

Could we convert cities into healthy places to live? This article analyses to what point so-called “green infrastructures” can offset carbon emissions and decrease air pollution in the city.

Environment and employment: is there a prize for clean play?

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Environment and employment: is there a prize for clean play?

February 2018

Science
Ester Martínez-Ros, University Carlos III de Madrid

The Social Observatory of “la Caixa” wonders whether it is possible to combine concern for the environment with economic growth. This study, one of the first in its field, shows a positive link between eco-innovation and the creation of employment, even in periods of recession.

How can legislation be used to promote public health?

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How can legislation be used to promote public health?

October 2017

Science
Jaime Pinilla, senior lecturer of Applied Economics University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

In Spain, smoking and road accidents are responsible for an important loss of years and quality of life. Have the legal measures taken in recent years had any effect on this problem?

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