Hands holding a smartphone
Tue, 01/14/2020 - 08:47

Scientists design platform to conduct chemical analysis using a smartphone

Scientists from the multidisciplinary research group ECsens of the University of Granada (UGR) have developed and tested a new system that enables a large number of chemical analysis techniques to be performed in situ, using a smartphone. This platform, featured in the prestigious Biosensors & Bioelectronics journal, presents results comparable to those of standard laboratories and has been validated in its measurement of various important compounds, such as glucose and pH.

A group of blind women
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:02

New study highlights the importance of physical activity during the early weeks of pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Granada recently published a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, in which they analyse for the first time the link between sedentary time vs. objectively-measured physical activity levels and systemic concentrations of glycaemic, lipid, and inflammatory markers among women in the early stages of pregnancy.

Two young people on an electric scooter
Mon, 11/11/2019 - 12:00

Researchers design “smart” asphalts with magnetic materials for safer electric scooters

Scientists from the University of Granada have used magnetic materials in “smart” asphalts that modify their properties in the presence of external magnetic fields. This work—part of the wider research field of “smart cities”—would enable roads to signal to scooters when to slow down, for example, or could automatically cut off the electric motor or engine in case of danger.

A researcher standing in front of the Genyo building
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:12

Scientists successfully deliver “Trojan horse” catalysts into cancerous tumour cells to destroy them

Researchers from the Universities of Granada and Zaragoza and the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre have developed a new tool in the fight against cancer. Their study, recently published in the prestigious journal Nature Catalysis, delivers palladium catalysts directly into cancer cells inside tiny vesicles (exosomes) to activate the chemotherapeutic drug in situ

The research team
Tue, 11/05/2019 - 08:20

International team of scientists to create a “virtual tongue” to predict the taste of food products

Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) are to participate in VIRTUOUS—a project with funding of 1.1 million Euros from the European Commission. VIRTUOUS stands for “Virtual tongue to predict the organoleptic profile of Mediterranean ingredients and their effect on human homeostasis by means of an integrated computational multiphysics platform”, and the project is being delivered as a Marie Skłodowska Curie RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) Action of the Horizon 2020 Programme.