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Catalan language is getting new speakers (by ACN)

23 December 2011 09:54 PM

10 million people now speak Catalan and demand the same rights as other European languages

The Status Report on the Catalan Language 2010 shows an increase in the Catalan speaking population over the past ten years. This places Catalan on the list of the hundred most spoken languages in the world with 10 million speakers. However, the...
An image of the top part of Les Rambles, near Catalunya Square (by O. Campuzano)

21 December 2011 07:49 PM

Barcelona City Council plans a facelift for Les Rambles

Barcelona’s famous central artery and main tourist street will undergo a major transformation due to the degradation experienced over the last number of years. Barcelona City Council has decided to make Les Rambles an appealing location and...
Two of the doctors from the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital during the surgery (by Sant Joan de Déu / ACN)

16 December 2011 07:17 PM

Catalan doctors help a patient become the first woman in the world with no ovaries to get pregnant

Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Greater Barcelona has become the first facility in the world to assist a woman who lost her two ovaries to get pregnant. A decade ago she had to have her ovaries completely removed because of two tumours. Ovarian...
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...
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