ARCHEOLOGY

New discovery fills gap in Atapuerca’s history of human evolution

Two stone tools found in the world-famous archeological site in northern Spain provide answers about its early inhabitants

CORONAVIRUS

Over half of coronavirus patients in Spain have developed neurological problems, studies show

New research indicates that Covid-19 is causing a wide range of disorders in the nervous system and may be directly attacking the brain

ENVIRONMENT

Microplastics and parasites: A look inside the fish of the Western Mediterranean

Study finds a correlation between the presence of small synthetic fibers and the prevalence of worms in the guts of sardines and anchovies, two of the most commercialized species

CORONAVIRUS

Spain may have access to Covid-19 vaccine by early next year, says science minister

Pedro Duque notes that the country is part of the EU team negotiating with drug companies, and that there are five Spanish prototypes underway

INTERVIEW

Spanish immunity expert on coronavirus: ‘Those who have tested positive for antibodies are protected’

Manel Juan, the head of the immunology department at Barcelona’s Clínic Hospital, talks to EL PAÍS about whether reinfection is possible and how long a person may be protected from the virus

CORONAVIRUS

Spain launches first phase of coronavirus-tracking app

The new system, Radar Covid, which is designed to alert users if they have come into contact with a person with an active infection, will be trialed in the Canary island of La Gomera

SCIENCE

Spanish scientists launch online protest to demand end to precarious working conditions

The virtual rally for less red tape and more funding gained support from students, research agencies and even Spain’s Science Minister Pedro Duque

SCIENCE

Fighting Covid-19: The pioneers of dexamethasone in Spain

Spanish doctors have been using this corticosteroid medication on patients on ventilators and oxygen support since March. But while it is justified for the critically ill, it can be dangerous for others

CORONAVIRUS

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

ENVIRONMENT

The new invasive mosquito species spreading ‘like an oil stain’ in Spain

Scientists warn the ‘Aedes japonicus’ has great potential to expand because it can adapt to cold weather and breed “in a wide range of aquatic habitats”

INTERVIEW

Spanish Covid-19 expert: ‘There is more virus circulating now than before the state of alarm’

Margarita del Val, who heads a cross-disciplinary scientific research effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic, offers her views on the possibility of a second wave in Spain, and what to do about it

CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus confinement measures may have saved 450,000 lives in Spain

New study of 11 European countries concludes that lockdown has had a major effect on reducing transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

IDEAS

Why science should revolutionize the world of politics

Scientists Rafael Yuste and Darío Gil believe that the moment has come to elevate scientific thinking to the spheres of power, as was previously done with the economy and the law

CORONAVIRUS

Spain’s macro study shows just 5.2% of population has contracted the coronavirus

The results of the second round of testing suggest the deescalation of confinement measures has not so far caused a significant resurgence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

coronavirus

ccu cgg cgg gca – The 12 letters that changed the world

The genome of the new coronavirus harbors a short sequence suspected of being the main culprit of its uniquely infectious and aggressive nature

CORONAVIRUS

Genetic analysis suggests that the coronavirus was already circulating in Spain by mid-February

A study of the first 28 genomes of the virus rules out the existence of a single ‘patient zero’ in the country

CORONAVIRUS

Spain’s new coronavirus app could detect violators of lockdown rules

Sources say that the information will not be used for this purpose, but rather to give users personalized responses on regional health protocols

ASTRONOMY

Upset at losing an hour from Daylight Saving Time? Just imagine losing 10 days

When the Roman-era calendar was adjusted to the solar year, subjects of the Spanish Empire went to bed on Thursday, October 4, 1582, and woke up on Friday, October 15

TAX EVASION

Spain delays ‘Google tax’ until December due to US pressure

The government is planning on approving the signature policy today but will not collect any money for now, in the hope that the OECD soon comes up with a global digital levy

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish government and WHO question cancellation of Mobile World Congress

Organizers of the trade fair are citing causes outside their control to avoid paying compensation

CORONAVIRUS

Mobile World Congress organizers cite ‘force majeure’ for cancellation

Postponement or a smaller event were also on the table, says GSMA group, which was forced to take the drastic decision on Wednesday given the stream of firms pulling out over coronavirus fears

CORONAVIRUS

Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress cancelled as firms drop out over coronavirus fears

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, BT Group and Nokia were among the latest companies to announce that they would not attend the upcoming tech event

CORONAVIRUS

Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress overshadowed by coronavirus cancellations

Organizers say the global tech event will go ahead later this month, but as more and more firms drop out, a Friday meeting is likely to determine whether it gets postponed or even axed

CORONAVIRUS

Sony, Amazon pull out of Barcelona Mobile World Congress over coronavirus fears

Several major tech companies have withdrawn from the annual event due to concerns about the disease, which has so far infected two people in Spain

SPACE TRAVEL

From Andalusia to space: a zero-emissions odyssey

Spanish company Zero 2 Infinity will launch its stratosphere travel program in 2021, when it promises to take tourists 32 kilometers above Earth in a special balloon