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Researchers patent a kit to detect chemical submission drug GHB with the naked eye

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The MODeLiC (Organic Materials for Controlled Detection and Release) research team led by Ana María Costero, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Valencia (UV), has developed a system with colorimetric sensors that change colour when there is γ-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) in a beverage. GHB is a colourless, odourless compound with a slightly salty taste that when ingested overrides the will of the person. The research patented by the UV provides as a novelty the safety in the detection of this substance in alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. Read More

Research shows that the addictive effect of alcohol is altered in the presence of pain

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A research team from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Valencia has shown that the presence of physical pain alters the effect of alcohol as a reinforcement to avoid suffering. The study, published in journal Pain, analyses how the neurochemical signals derived from alcohol are altered in the nucleus accumbens of the brain, which is responsible for pleasure, rewards and emotions such as addictions and fear. Read More

New system created to help prevent traffic jams

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Researchers from Valencia’s Polytechnic University have created a new system for the automated counting of vehicles. It can use registration analyses provided by a network of sensors (accelerometers and magnetometers), classify the type of vehicle that crosses an intersection and, at the same time, generate origin-destination matrixes in real time. Read More