Just 24% of Spaniards would get Covid vaccine as soon as possible

According to a survey carried out by 40dB for EL PAÍS, four in every 10 people in Spain believe there is a conspiracy behind the vaccinations


A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air

The risk of contagion is highest in indoor spaces but can be reduced by applying all available measures to combat infection via aerosols. Here is an overview of the likelihood of infection in three everyday scenarios, based on the safety measures used and the length of exposure


‘A third of Spaniards would get vaccinated tomorrow, but another third have serious reservations’

Sociologist Josep Lobera flags up the growing rift in Spanish society due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with millions showing dangerously high levels of distrust towards the vaccine, science and the health authorities


Medical experts call for independent review of Spain’s coronavirus response

In a letter published in 'The Lancet,' 20 Spanish professionals stress the need to identify why the country is faring worse than its neighbors in order to better prepare for future pandemics


An analysis of three Covid-19 outbreaks: how they happened and how they can be avoided

An office, a restaurant and a bus were the settings for multiple infections that have been studied in detail by health authorities. Their conclusions offer valuable lessons for the deescalation process


Could the Thirty Meter Telescope be built in Spain’s Canary Islands?

The scientific consortium behind the observatory now has all the permits it needs to start work on the €1.2 billion-project in La Palma, if it cannot go ahead with the plan in Hawaii


“Studying magic is fundamental to combating political manipulation”

Spanish neuroscientist Susana Martínez-Conde analyzes illusions to encourage critical thinking in the era of Trump’s “post-truths”


The place where bleach “cures” autism and vaccines spread epidemics

Platforms such as Facebook and YouTube are failing to combat the spread of disinformation about health and hoax remedies for conditions


Hundreds of Spanish scientists ask for action against pseudoscience “that kills”

More than 400 people have signed an open letter triggered by the case of a cancer patient who died after refusing regular medical treatment

Alternative medicine

Alarm over appeal of pseudo-therapies in Spain

Experts warn of serious consequences if authorities do not take action to counter the growing popularity of treatments like reiki

Artificial intelligence

A woman’s place is in the home – at least according to AI...

Far from being impartial, not-so smart algorithms reinforce sexual, racial and class prejudice picked up from humans


With project at risk, Canary Islands vow to fight for giant telescope

After legal ruling, the massive TMT project could still be built on Hawaiian island of Mauna Kea


World’s top telescopes face bureaucratic steeplechase in the Canaries

Local authorities and green groups place hurdles in the way of state-of-the-art astronomy projects


More than half of Spaniards continue to believe that homeopathy works

City-based women with center-left political beliefs most likely to trust unproven form of remedy


Starmus science fest quits Spain, citing lack of financial support

Global science and arts event moves to Norway after top Spanish firms fail to provide backing


Have we humans finally tamed our inner wolf?

Spanish study suggests ‘Homo sapiens’ kill one another less than evolution might dictate


Is your judgment clouded by emotion? Think in another language

Spanish research confirms we are more rational when we don’t process information in our mother tongue


Welcome to the Anthropocene: “We have now changed the Earth’s cycle”

Spanish scientist says proof of man’s impact can be found in the the northern city of Bilbao

Effects of the heat

Why hot weather can be deadliest at the beginning of the summer

A new study examining data from more than 300 cities shows that health risks fall as summer progresses


Half of all Spaniards don’t know what antibiotics are really for

EU survey shows their use is growing faster here than in any other member state, despite widespread ignorance about their purpose


With so many dolphins in captivity, Spain is swimming against the tide

More than half the dolphins held in aquariums are owned by Spanish companies


Hawaiian gods push their giant telescope toward the Canary Islands

Dispute over use of sacred land to build Thirty-Meter Telescope has officials looking for Plan B


Spanish researchers warn of dangers to vulnerable from cold weather

Crisis means growing numbers of elderly and homeless at risk when temperatures plunge


Stephen Hawking: “I have learned not to look too far ahead, but to concentrate on the present”

The physicist and author has died aged 76. Read here an exclusive interview he granted to EL PAÍS in 2015


Stephen Hawking: “My disability has been a help in a way”

EL PAÍS to publish exclusive interview with the renowned British physicist


Spain, leader in ‘canned lion’ trophies

Spaniards only surpassed by US hunters in their appetite for shooting tame game in Africa


What makes Spain tweet?

New nationwide survey finds link between unemployment and use of Twitter social network