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On 27 September 2019, European Researchers’ Night—an event coordinated by the European Commission—will bring together over 2,000 researchers from 8 Andalusian cities to undertake over 500 fascinating activities throughout the region. This year, European Researchers’ Night will take place in over 370 cities in 30 countries.

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) has found that, in contrast to scientific thinking to date, higher levels of physical activity are not linked to a greater volume or activity of brown adipose tissue (BAT). BAT is a thermogenic organ that burns glucose and fats, releasing the energy that is produced in the form of heat.

An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Granada and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), has identified five new rapidly-oscillating Ap (roAp) stars. Two of these stars are of particular interest: one of them is cooler than the norm, and the other is the fastest–pulsating roAp star discovered to date: it completes an oscillation every 4.7 minutes.

Ángel Gil, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Granada, has recently coordinated a study reviewing worldwide scientific literature on the role of dairy products in health and in the prevention of chronic diseases (cardiovascular, metabolic syndrome, colon or bladder cancer, and type 2 diabetes). The review also covers the effects of dairy products on growth, bone mineral density, generation of muscle mass, and during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

A recent study conducted jointly by the Tissue Engineering Research Group of the Department of Histology and the Family Medicine Unit of the University of Granada (UGR) has highlighted the conceptual, attitudinal, and procedural profile of resident hospital doctors specialising in Family Medicine, in relation to the so-called advanced therapies.

In their new study, UGR researchers have found that the O2Amp ‘Oxy-Iso’ glasses, marketed by the US company VINO Optics, neither improve the colour vision of people with colour-blindness nor correct their colour-blindness.

A team of scientists from the University of Granada (UGR), the Biohealth Research Institute in Granada (ibs.GRANADA), the city’s San Cecilio University Hospital, and the Centre for Biomedical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP) has found that 9 out of 10 pairs of socks for babies and children from 0–4 years old contain traces of bisphenol A and parabens.

Scientists from the University of Granada (UGR), the Distance Learning University of Madrid (UDIMA) and Temple University (United States) have analysed the brain response of supporters of Spain’s Popular Party (PP) and the Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) when exposed to information about corruption or positive news from the rival party.

Scientists from the University of Granada have discovered that, although there were some variations in the eating habits of Megalithic communities over time, there were no significant social differences in the food types or the proportion of proteins consumed.

An international study involving researchers from the University of Granada (UGR), Spain, and the University of Krakow (Poland) has found that Spain’s current regulations on light pollution are inadequate, as they fail to take into account all the necessary factors—including the key factor of human vision itself.