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    Ivor Chipkin.

    Ivor Chipkin.

    Ivor Chipkin: “The commitment to certain democratic values holds South African people all together”

    Entrevistes

    11/03/2014

    Ivor Chipkin researches at the Public Affairs Research Institute of Wits University, in Johannesburg (South Africa). He has developed studies on governance, government and state. One of his most remarkable publications is the book Do South Africans Exist?Nationalism, Democracy and the Identity of ‘the...

    The photograph

    Those present were able to make a diagnostic analysis of rivers' ecological quality.

    Those present were able to make a diagnostic analysis of rivers' ecological quality.

    To discover the hidden life of water

    Fotonotícies

    10/04/2014

    On Tuesday 8 April, Maria Rieradevall, professor from the Department of Ecology of UB, pronounced the lecture “La vida que s’amaga a l’aigua” (The hidden life of water). Those present were able to make a diagnostic analysis of rivers' ecological quality through the observation and identification of aquatic organisms in water samples collected expressly for the activity....

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    • An artist's conception of how BOSS uses quasars to measure the distant Universe. Image: Zosia Rostomian (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and Andreu Font-Ribera (BOSS Lyman-alpha team, Berkeley Lab.)- The study of quasars reveals the most precise measurement of the expanding Universe 11/04/2014
      The study of quasars reveals the most precise measurement of the expanding Universe

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      Astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey have used 140,000 distant quasars to measure the expansion rate of the Universe when it was only one-quarter of its present age (now, the Universe is 13 billion years old). This is the best measurement yet of the expansion rate at any epoch in the last 13...

    • Antonio Zorzano, professor from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Biologia) of UB and researcher at IRB.- Identified a new possible target to combat muscle wasting 11/04/2014
      Identified a new possible target to combat muscle wasting

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      The pathological atrophy of skeletal muscle is a serious biomedical problem for which no effective treatment is currently available. Those most affected populations are the elderly diagnosed with sarcopenia and patients with cancer, AIDS, and other infectious diseases that develop cachexia. A study...

    • On the left, healthy cells with glucose receptors (in red). On the right, tumor cells with glucose receptors (in red). - Discovery of a mechanism that turns tumour cells into sugar ‘addicts’ 11/04/2014
      Discovery of a mechanism that turns tumour cells into sugar ‘addicts’

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      Nearly a hundred years ago, research demonstrated that cancer cells feel a special appetite for a type of sugar called glucose. Tumour use glucose like a sports car uses gasoline: it depends on it to burn faster, to grow and to multiply rapidly. It is not an energy-efficient process, but it super-accelerates...

    • On Tuesday 15 April, at 6 p.m., Roca Barcelona Galelly hosts the lecture 11/04/2014
      What is virtual water?

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      On Tuesday 15 April, at 6 p.m., Roca Barcelona Galelly hosts the lecture "L’aigua que mengem" (The water we eat), given by Narcís Prat, professor of Ecology at the University of Barcelona, head of the Research Group on Freshwater Ecology and Management (FEM) and researcher at the Water...

    • Montserrat Vendrell, new director general of the Barcelona Science Park (PCB). - Montserrat Vendrell appointed new director general of the Barcelona Science Park 10/04/2014
      Montserrat Vendrell appointed new director general of the Barcelona Science Park

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      Today, April 10, the Board of Trustees of the Barcelona Science Park Foundation has approved —at the proposal of the rector of the University of Barcelona ​​Dídac Ramirez— the appointment of Montserrat Vendrell as director general of the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), a responsibility that...

    • Actiquim proyect studies marine natural products in Antarctic marine ecosystems in order to evaluate their pharmacological potential.- UB hosts a new edition of the Live Research Fair 08/04/2014
      UB hosts a new edition of the Live Research Fair

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      From 8 to 10 April, the Aula Capella of the Historic Building hosts the 12th Live Research Fair, an initiative organised by the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) and supported by the University of Barcelona (UB). The main objective of the Fair is to show some research projects carried out at different Barcelona’s...

    • The ability to use linguistic resources to express detachment in expository texts increases with age and occurs more frequently in written than in spoken texts- The ability to express detachment increases with age and occurs more frequently in written than in spoken texts 04/04/2014
      The ability to express detachment increases with age and occurs more frequently in written than in spoken texts

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      The University of Barcelona (UB) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona developed a study which proves that the ability to use linguistic resources to express detachment in expository texts increases with age and occurs more frequently in written than in spoken texts. The paper, published on the...

    • Enric I. Canela. Photo: Roca.- Javier Martín Vide opens a lecture series on the water science 02/04/2014
      Javier Martín Vide opens a lecture series on the water science

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      Yesterday, Javier Martín-Vide, professor of Physical Geography at UB, pronounced the lecture that opened the lecture series of the science dissemination project La ciència de l’aigua (The water science). In front of around one hundred people, Martín Vide, researcher at the Water Research Institute...

    • The study, published in the journal Biomaterials, has been led by Dr Soledad Alcántara.- Helping the brain rebuild itself 01/04/2014
      Helping the brain rebuild itself

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      Tissue regeneration experts from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have developed an implant that could aid the regeneration of brain tissue, particularly in cases of pre- and postnatal injury. The...

    • The exhibition is organised by the Catalan Association for Science Communication (ACCC) and sponsored by the Centre for CIBERER and CNAG.- ‘Menys rares’: an exhibition on rare diseases research 31/03/2014
      ‘Menys rares’: an exhibition on rare diseases research

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      There are around 5,000 and 7,000 rare disease around the world. They lack scientific and medical knowledge, they have low prevalence among population but they cause severe impairments to patients. In most cases, there is not an effective treatment to prevent them or relieve their symptoms. The main...

    • Javier Martín-Vide, professor of Physical Geography at UB, gives the lecture 27/03/2014
      New UB science dissemination project reveals the secrets of the water science

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      On Tuesday 1 April, at 6 p.m., at Roca Barcelona Gallery headquarters (211-213, Carrer Joan Güell, Barcelona), the project La ciència de l’aigua (The water science) is presented. The event is chaired by Dr Enric Canela, vice-rector for Science Policy and director of the Doctoral School of the...

    • Poster of the semi-final. - Two UB researchers among the eight finalists of FameLab 27/03/2014
      Two UB researchers among the eight finalists of FameLab

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      Oriol Marimon, who holds a PhD in Chemistry from UB, and Ricardo Moure, researcher at the Faculty of Biology of UB, are two of the eight finalists of FameLab Spain competition who participate in the final that takes place on 14 May in Madrid. ...

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