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The website of the Universitat de Barcelona, which is Spain's top research university (by UB / ACN)

13 December 2011 09:32 PM

Catalan research institutions’ excellence is internationally recognised

Catalonia is fast becoming an international reference point in research projects thanks mainly to a large number of articles being produced and exchange initiatives with other countries being set up. Catalan research centres, especially medical...
A caption of the device, which looks like a belt (by J. Polinario)

02 December 2011 11:18 PM

Catalan scientists develop the first device to ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in real time

The Parkinson symptoms detector device will help patients fight the degenerative disease and improve their quality of life. The system, partly created by Catalan researchers, now needs to be tested on four volunteer patients from around Catalonia....
A caption from TV3's website (by TV3 / ACN)

29 November 2011 10:26 PM

Two thirds of Catalans regularly access media in Catalan

The Catalan public television and radio broadcaster continues to lead the audience share in Catalonia. Regarding newspapers, ‘La Vanguardia’ tops the ranking in Catalonia, followed by ‘El Periódico’. The number of consumers choosing...
An image of the study's brain scanners (by ACN)

23 November 2011 09:21 PM

Catalan scientists develop biomarkers for the early detection of babies with learning disorders

The brain damage a foetus may suffer during pregnancy is sometimes not detected in the first few years of a child's life. If that damage could be detected early, psychological stimulation could reduce future learning disorders. Scientists from...
Rafael Ribó (left) and Josep Piqué (right) chaired the inaugural session of the Ombusdmen conference in Barcelona (E. Romagosa)

21 November 2011 09:22 PM

The ‘Ombudsman’ has “less influence” and is under “threat of disappearance”

In an international conference taking place in Barcelona of Ombudsmen from Europe, America and Africa, the Catalan Ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, has warned that the institution has “less influence”. Furthermore, in some areas of Europe there is a...
An empty classroom at Lleida's University (by O. Bosch)

18 November 2011 06:27 PM

Strike against university budget cuts has uneven support in Catalonia

Students have protested against the Catalan Government’s measures intended to adjust university budgets. Protesters have criticised “privatisation”, with budget cuts and university tax increases. However, the Catalan Government denied these...
An image of the Mare Nostrum supercomputer, located at the UPC Torre Girona's chapel (by BSC-Barcelona Supercomputing Center)

16 November 2011 11:02 PM

Intel and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center to build a lab on the fastest calculation speeds

The Spanish IT multinational company Intel and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center will create a joint research and development lab to calculate speeds on the exaFLOP scale, which are a thousand times quicker than the current fastest computers in...
A banner calling to go on strike in front of the Bellvitge hospital (by B. Cazorla)

15 November 2011 10:02 PM

Catalan healthcare is unevenly affected by the doctor strike to halt budget cuts

The trade union organising the protest has said that 70% of doctors took part in the strike, while the Catalan Ministry of Health reduced the figure to only 20%. Doctors are protesting at the budget cuts in the Catalan healthcare system in order...
FC Barcelona's Spokesperson, Toni Freixa, in a recent press conference (by FC Barcelona)

15 November 2011 03:27 PM

‘Le Monde’ condemned paying a 15,000 euro fine for damaging FC Barcelona’s honour in 2006

The French newspaper ‘Le Monde’ published an article in December 2006 that falsely linked FC Barcelona with doping practices. A first trial condemned ‘Le Monde’ to pay 300,000 euros to the Catalan sports club, but the French newspaper and...
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