Technology Spain  MADRID 10/07/2024

A study by UC3M and IMDEA Networks reveals the existence of a hidden "pink tax" in digital advertising

The research reveals a correlation between a country's economic development and the prevalence of the digital marketing pink rate. This suggests that economic progress does not necessarily equate to gender equality in the digital marketplace

Advertisers systematically pay more to show online ads to women than to men, especially in highly developed nations, according to research from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and IMDEA Networks. This gender-based price discrimination in digital marketing, known as the “pink tax,” contributes to increasing gender inequality, as women are charged more to access similar products and services.

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Technology Spain  MADRID 31/05/2024

A study involving IMDEA Networks develops HyperGraphDis, a method for detecting disinformation on social media

The algorithm outperforms existing methods in both accuracy and computational efficiency

Disinformation is a growing phenomenon on digital platforms, significantly impacting social, political, and economic events. It has long posed a threat to freedom and democracy. However, it is now even more pressing due to the speed at which campaigns spread through digital media. Researchers from IMDEA Networks, Cyprus University of Technology, and LSTECH ESPAÑA SL have developed the revolutionary HyperGraphDis algorithm, which enables the detection of disinformation on social media, helping to combat the proliferation of fake news.

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Technology Spain  ESPAÑA 06/05/2024

DAEMON project paves the road to effective 6G networks

The European project ends with a gamut of innovations for the integration of AI in mobile network environments

DAEMON, a European project coordinated by IMDEA Networks Institute that started in January 2021, has just come to an end, achieving significant milestones in the advancement of mobile communication technology. The project has paved the road to effective 6G networks, with clear benefits to society at large in terms of faster and more ubiquitous mobile communication infrastructures that can support new services.

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Technology Spain  ESPAÑA 27/03/2024

ORIGAMI: anticipating the future of more connected, efficient and sustainable telecommunication infrastructures

The project will contribute to the development of mobile networks with lower latency, higher throughput and higher reliability, which will significantly improve the daily activities of many public sectors and citizens

The ORIGAMI (Optimized Resource Integration and Global Architecture for Mobile Infrastructure for 6G) project is now underway. The project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe program, will spearhead architectural innovations for the next generation of 6G mobile networks, to enable innovative applications, new business models, and substantial reductions in energy consumption.

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Technology Spain  ESPAÑA 29/02/2024

ENLIGHT'EM: weaving the future of wireless communications with sustainable innovation

The European project coordinated by IMDEA Networks has provided pioneering results to establish the foundation for the next generation of Internet of Things networks

ENLIGHT’EM, an Innovative Training Networks project funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, has ended in December 2023 marking a major milestone: contributing to design a new generation of wireless systems based on visible light communication (VLC) and on the low power consumption of light-emitting diodes (commonly known as LEDs) for challenging Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios.

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Technology Spain  MADRID 29/01/2024

UC3M and IMDEA Networks present the SLICES research infrastructure

Cutting-edge ICT experimentation in Spain

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and IMDEA Networks are going to present the Spanish scientific community with a new instrument for carrying out complex experiments in the area of digital sciences. SLICES (www.slices-ri.ue), as it is called, is available to research staff and is part of a European infrastructure for experimenting in the information and communication technologies (ICT) of the future, which is based in Spain at UC3M.

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Environment Ecuador  GALÁPAGOS 25/01/2024

Galápagos penguin is exposed to and may accumulate microplastics at high rate within its food web

And excretion rate may determine whether or not these microplastics also bioaccumulate across trophic levels

Modelling shows how microplastics may bioaccumulate in the Galápagos Islands food web, with Galápagos penguins most affected, according to a study published January 24, 2024 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Karly McMullen from the University of British Columbia, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Juan José Alava and Dr. Evgeny A. Pakhomov of the Institute for the Ocean and Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Canada, and colleagues.

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Environment Colombia  COLOMBIA 13/12/2023

It turns out, this fossil plant is really a fossil baby turtle

Researchers nicknamed the fossil “Turtwig” after a Pokemon that’s half-turtle, half-plant

From the 1950s to the 1970s, a Colombian priest named Padre Gustavo Huertas collected rocks and fossils near a town called Villa de Levya. Two of the specimens he found were small, round rocks patterned with lines that looked like leaves; he classified them as a type of fossil plant. But in a new study, published in the journal Palaeontologia Electronica, researchers re-examined these “plant” fossils and found that they weren’t plants at all: they were the fossilized remains of baby turtles.

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Social Sciences Spain  MADRID 28/11/2023

A new study analyses how we choose friends at school

Similarity is not the key, according to this research which UC3M is taking part in

Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and Loyola University have discovered that personality does not seem to have much influence when it comes to choosing social friendships at school, which are based more on the closeness of our contacts, according to a study recently published in the journal PNAS.

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Environment Mexico  YUCATÁN 14/11/2023

Yucatán’s underwater caves host diverse microbial communities

New study constructs most extensive map yet of the cave system’s microbiome

With help from an experienced underwater cave-diving team, Northwestern University researchers have constructed the most complete map to date of the microbial communities living in the submerged labyrinths beneath Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Although previous researchers have collected water and microbial samples from the cave entrances and easily accessible sinkholes, the Northwestern-led team reached the deep, dark passageways of unlit waters to better understand what can survive inside this unique underground realm.

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Technology Spain  MADRID 26/10/2023

New research reveals alarming privacy and security threats in Smart Homes

A group of researchers from several international universities and research centres analyze the local network interactions of IoT devices and mobile apps, and demonstrate that a variety of security and privacy threats exist

An international team of researchers, led by IMDEA Networks and Northeastern University in collaboration with NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, IMDEA Software, University of Calgary, and the International Computer Science Institute, has unveiled groundbreaking findings on the security and privacy challenges posed by the ever-growing prevalence of opaque and technically complex Internet of Things (IoT) devices in smart homes.

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Technology Spain  MADRID 04/10/2023

Cutting-edge European telecommunications research infrastructure unveiled with a node in Madrid

IMDEA Networks and UC3M are part of the Spanish node

IMDEA Networks and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have presented SLICES-ES, a European infrastructure for experimenting with future information and communications technologies that will be based in Madrid, most likely at the Madrid university’s facilities. This scientific instrument, which will become operational during 2024 and with some initial services already underway since October 2023, will be made available to the research community to carry out complex experiments in the area of digital sciences.

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Technology Spain  MADRID 28/09/2023

ChatGPT tackles controversial issues better than before: from bias to moderation

IMDEA Networks has led a study that concludes that although ChatGPT has more moderated than its predecessors, it still shows a certain libertarian bias in the socio-political sphere

New research conducted by IMDEA Networks Institute in collaboration with the University of Surrey, UPV, and King’s College London has shown that there is a general downward trend in the popular artificial intelligence (AI) platform ChatGPT to take direct stances on controversial topics. Whether providing agreement or disagreement, or an affirmative or negative response. Now, although the study results show a moderation on the part of ChatGPT when it comes to addressing controversial issues, they warn that in the socio-political arena, it maintains a certain libertarian bias. However, in economic matters, it doesn’t present a clear left or right-leaning bias.

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Technology Spain  MADRID 31/07/2023

A study from QMUL and IMDEA Networks reveals how you behave on the Internet according to your income level

Those who live in wealthier neighborhoods tend to post more positive content and engage in discussions about crime more often than those who live in poorer neighborhoods

Researchers Vahid Ghafouri and Guillermo Suárez de Tangil from IMDEA Networks Institute have collaborated on a research led by Waleed Iqbal, Gareth Tyson, and Ignacio Castro from Queen Mary University of London that analyzes how real-world inequalities manifest themselves in social networks. In the paper “Lady and the Tramp Nextdoor: Online Manifestations of Real-World Inequalities in the Nextdoor Social Network,” presented at the ICWSM 2023 conference, it has been revealed that a person’s income level influences the type of content they share online.

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Technology Spain  MADRID 04/07/2023

'Edge to cloud continuum': the compute and storage infrastructure that will prevail over the next decade

IMDEA Networks researchers have participated in the project EDGEDATA-CM to integrate cloud computing, edge computing and fog computing, which will lead to more consistent and, above all, reliable data management

Technological innovations such as cloud computing, the internet of things, big data and WiFi networks have led to applications that were unimaginable a few decades ago and to an increase in the quality of life, an improvement in business decisions thanks to data analysis, etc. This has meant new computational paradigms, such as fog computing (‘fog computing’), edge computing (‘edge computing’), cloud computing and blockchain.

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Space Spain  MADRID 27/06/2023

A system has been designed to detect and estimate satellite manoeuvres more accurately

This development may help reduce the problem of space debris

Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Polytechnic University of Milan and the company GMV have developed a new methodology for detecting and estimating satellite manoeuvres that improves the operation of the systems currently in use. This development, which is already being tested in operational environments, may help reduce the problem of space debris.

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Technology Spain  MADRID 20/06/2023

MLEDGE: A sustainable initiative for the development of efficient networks and solutions in the Cloud and Federated Learning

The project will be fundamental for the development of Cloud infrastructures and machine learning/federated learning in Spain and for the promotion of national R&D&I

Data-driven decision-making driven by Machine Learning (ML) algorithms is changing the way society and the economy work, with a profound positive impact on our daily lives. For these solutions to be effective, data often has to be processed close to the end user and such data can be private and confidential.

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Environment Panama  PANAMÁ 19/06/2023

Scientists catch the suspect in long-term marine murder mystery

Murder mysteries may take decades to resolve, especially if they take place under the sea. The massive deaths of sea urchins in the Caribbean in the 1980’s is one of them

In the early 1980’s marine biologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama observed dead and dying sea urchins (Diadema antillarum) near the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. They alerted other marine labs and dive shops across the region—by snail mail, because this was pre-internet—and it soon became evident that a massive sea urchin die-off was underway. The cause was never identified, but the impact was enormous, as around 90% of sea urchins in the Caribbean were killed.

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Environment Spain  MADRID 15/06/2023

“Butterfly chaos effect” discovered in swarms and herds of animals

Findings of UC3M and UCM mathematicians

Researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) have discovered a phase shift between chaotic states that can appear in herds of animals and, in particular, in swarms of insects. This advance may help to better understand their behaviour or be applied to the study of the movement of cells or tumours.

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Technology Spain  MADRID 31/05/2023

IMDEA Software and IMDEA Networks work to deploy in the Community of Madrid "MadQCI": Europe's largest quantum network

MADQuantum-CM is a project funded by the Community of Madrid, the Spanish State through the Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience, and the European Union through the NextGeneration EU funds

IMDEA Software and IMDEA Networks Institutes participate together with six other partners (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Centro Español de Metrología, Fundación Vithas, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid) in the MADQuantum-CM project, funded by the Community of Madrid, the Spanish State through the Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience, and the European Union through the NextGeneration EU funds. The objective of the project is the expansion of MadQCI, the new quantum communications network of the Community of Madrid and the largest quantum network in Europe.

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