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Animal rights supporters protesting in front of the Monumental Arena (by J. Pujolar)

27 September 2011 01:00 AM

The last ‘corrida’ before the bullfighting ban in Catalonia

Barcelona hosted its last bullfight on Sunday. As of January 1st 2012, bullfighting will be banned in Catalonia. The Catalan Parliament decided to forbid this activity in July 2010, with a law that generated a substantial amount of controversy....
Catalonia is increasing its participation in EU funded research projects (by ACN)

23 September 2011 11:03 PM

Catalonia received 73% more funding from the last EU research programme than from the previous one

Between 2007 and 2010, Catalan research centres and private companies participated in a total of 1,047 projects funded by the Seventh Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development of the European Union. In total, Catalan...
Researchers from the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (by ACN)

23 September 2011 08:34 PM

Catalan researchers discover a treatment for an aggressive form of childhood cancer

The study by the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute has managed to demonstrate that a molecule similar to glucose can cause the death of cancerous cells. The research would enable to shortly develop treatments for the alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.
The President of the Catalan Parliament received the 2010 Report on Linguistic Policy from the Catalan Culture Minister (by ACN)

22 September 2011 01:08 PM

The social use of the Catalan language grows but Spanish is still dominant, especially in certain sectors such as the judicial system

The use of the Catalan language is growing but it is clearly used less than Spanish in Catalonia. Some sectors are especially behind, such as judicial system, where only 14.5% of judicial sentences were written in Catalan.
Juan Angel Recio has been the head of the study (by ACN)

16 September 2011 12:36 AM

Catalan researchers discover a procedure that might be able to alter the malignant transformation of a cell

"This could mean a breakthrough in the fight against cancer," said the head of the study Juan Angel Recio from Barcelona-based Vall d’Hebron Research Institute.
A caption from the chemical reaction using iron as a catalyst (by UdG)

14 September 2011 11:16 PM

Chemists from the University of Girona get oxygen from water, using iron catalysts

The research results were published on the website of the prestigious journal 'Nature Chemistry' and will appear in the print edition as well. The Universitat de Girona is particularly strong in research related to water. The study opens a new...
Catalan firemen while testing a prototype of the new device in Gavà (by G. Sánchez)

14 September 2011 10:54 PM

Catalan firemen are working on a pioneer European location device to find trapped victims

The innovative technology has a pencil to measure vital signs, an odour detector, a sound detector and two cameras. The Catalan Government's Fire Department and the French firemen from Marseille CEREM participate in the deisgn of the new device.
An image of how the Torroella de Montgrí's new mosque would have looked like (by ACN)

13 September 2011 10:59 PM

Catalan municipalities will no longer have to save land for new religious centres

The Catalan Government approves the modification of the Worship Centres Law from 2009. Town halls will no longer be obliged to save plots for the construction of new religious centres. No architectonical aspects are banned but the law gives town...
A caption from the website of the Catalan Institute of Oncology (by ICO / ACN)

13 September 2011 10:54 PM

The use of an IUD reduces the risk of cervical cancer by half Catalan research units have found

Catalan researchers participated in an international study which analysed of more than 20,000 women from various countries. They have found that using intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD) reduces the risk to suffer cervical cancer by half.
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