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Senior Communication Technician

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SMC participants

Ramón y Cajal Researcher Department of Theoretical Physics UAM Madrid

Senior Scientist at the CSIC and researcher at the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa

Professor of Research Methods in Education at the Autonomous University of Madrid

Head of the psychiatry department at the Fundación Jiménez Diaz, psychiatry professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine

Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Autonomous University of Madrid, CIBERESP and IMDEA-Food

Research professor at the Institute of Theoretical Physics (UAM-CSIC)

Director of the Dermatology Department of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Pre-doctoral researcher in Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Autonomous University of Madrid

Head of the Food Bioscience Group

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When considering which type of timetable is best, one question is: best for what and for whom? Not only does the scientific evidence on student learning and well-being come into play, but also the employment interests of teachers, the reconciliation needs of families, and the effects of each type of timetable on socio-economic inequality and the gender gap in care are also involved. We bring together more elements of the discussion in this second article.

school canteen

Every school year in Spain, the debate returns about what kind of timetable schools should adopt: is it better to concentrate all teaching hours or to have a lunch break and extend the time spent at school? In this first issue, we bring together research on the effect of each type of timetable on students' performance, rest and socio-affective well-being, as well as the available data on public and charter education.


A study in mice found "mild metabolic and neuropsychological malprogramming" in the offspring of females who, during gestation and lactation, had ingested emulsifiers, substances used to improve the texture of ultra-processed foods. The article, led by a team from IDIBAPS in Barcelona and published in PLoS Biology, states that the consumption during these periods of carboxymethylcellulose and polysorbate 80 - two common emulsifiers - diluted in water was associated with metabolic and cognitive deficits in the mouse offspring.


A team of researchers, led by IBM's Thomas J. Watson Center, has shown that a quantum computer can already help in the calculation of practical scientific problems that are inaccessible to today's classical computers. The "noise" and errors that accumulate still limit the applications of such computers, but the new study shows that, after adding a protocol that reduces these problems, a 127-cubit quantum computer is capable of simulating extremely complex physical states with high reliability. The results are published in the journal Nature.


Taurine is one of the most abundant amino acids in animals. As reported in research published in Science, its loss may contribute to the ageing process. According to the study, reversing age-associated taurine deficiency through supplementation improved life expectancy in worms and rodents, while improving some health parameters in non-human primates, which the authors believe would warrant further human trials to examine its effect on life expectancy and the potential risks involved.

Laboratory mouse

Researchers have shown that hypoxia, or oxygen restriction - equivalent to living at 5,000 metres above sea level - increases life expectancy by up to 50% and decreases neurological decline in laboratory mice. It has already been shown in yeast, worms and flies, but this is the first time it has been demonstrated in mammals. The results are published in the journal PLOS Biology. 


Heat waves and other events accentuated by climate change affect health, especially for the most socially vulnerable people. To counteract these effects, mitigation and adaptation plans for cities are designed based on scientific evidence, the implementation of which belongs to the local political sphere. Two experts in urban health and climate governance analysed these problems and their possible solutions in a briefing organised by SMC Spain.


The WHO has issued a new guideline advising against the use of non-sweetened sweeteners for weight control or to reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases. The recommendation is based on the findings of a systematic review published in 2022.


A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association published in the journal Circulation analyzes how several diets (including Mediterranean, Paleo, and ketogenic) fit into the guidelines for a heart-healthy diet. The ketogenic and 'paleo' diets were not classified as heart-healthy.


A study says that ChatGPT makes contradictory moral judgements, and that users are influenced by them. Researchers asked questions such as: Would it be right to sacrifice one person to save five others?” Depending on the phrasing of the question, ChatGPT sometimes answered in favour of sacrifice, and sometimes against. Participants were swayed by ChatGPT's statements and underestimated the chatbot's influence on their own judgement. The authors argue that chatbots should be designed to decline giving moral advice, and stress the importance of improving users' digital literacy.