THE news that Spanish scientists have developed a pioneering robot to help speed up the recovery time of stroke victims is itself reason to be cheerful.

But what is even more encouraging is the fact that this is just the latest in a series of cutting edge scientific developments led by Spanish researchers.

Time and time again, breakthroughs in the treatment of diseases, from cancer to Alzheimer’s, are being spearheaded by Spaniards.

So while Spain’s economic situation is at best a national embarrassment, and at worst a huge cause for concern, it appears the better-funded research sector seems to be in rude health.

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