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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...
Eurofragance has not shown any signs of slowing down since the recession (by ACN)

09 November 2011 11:50 PM

A Catalan fragrance company succeeds worldwide

Eurofragance is a Catalan company that belongs to a very specific economic sector: the fragrance market. Specialising in producing scents for food and bathroom products, this company with its headquarters in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area exports...
An innovative radiotherapy machine set in the ICO (by B. Cazorla)

08 November 2011 05:19 PM

The Catalan Institute of Oncology is ranked among the world’s best research centres

The last ‘SCImago Institutions Ranking’ classified the 3,000 best research institutions in the world. Harvard University tops the ranking, but the Catalan institute, is ranked second in Spain and among the best European research centres....
Esther, her parents, and Vall d'Hebron's medical team who developed the new surgical technique (by M. Bélmez)

02 November 2011 09:58 PM

World pioneering foetal surgery against spina bifida successfully undergone in a Catalan hospital

For the first time in the world, a foetus having the spina bifida congenital disorder went through a new intra-uterus surgery technique. A medical team from Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Hospital operated on the foetus in its 24th week by placing...
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