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2012-09-17 22:21:12

MADRID, September 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 6th International Meeting on Biotechnology to be held at Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC), in Barakaldo (Bilbao), from 19 to 21 September The figures gathered to date by the BioSpain 2012 organisation show the event will be a major success and evidence the growing importance of biotechnology in Spain. The 6th International Meeting on Biotechnology, BioSpain 2012 ( http://www.biospain2012.org...

2012-05-29 10:04:27

“What people are afraid of is dying badly rather than actually dying”. Iñaki Olaizola has observed how Basque society feels about euthanasia and the process of dying, and how the perception has changed since the 1970s. For this purpose, he interviewed all kinds of people and has been able to conclude that the fear of dying badly is widespread. In his thesis, defended at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), he stressed the need to guarantee a dignified...

2012-04-13 12:01:21

As this tuber is cultivated despite spells of rough weather, and is good for relieving hunger, its popularity shot up in Álava following the Peninsular War Today, the potato is firmly established in our diet, but in actual fact it has only been with us for little more than two centuries, and at first it was not even appreciated as a foodstuff. The researcher David Palanca has studied the first century in the history of this tuber in the Basque Country, starting with its...

2012-03-13 10:42:43

What is it that turns an ordinary student into an Erasmus student? A team of researchers at the University Teacher Training College in Vitoria-Gasteiz (UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country) has studied the psychological profile of those students who plan to participate in mobility programs with that of the ones who are not considering doing so, and has detected signs that would point to differences between the two groups. So it is in fact a subject that invites research. Thanks to this...

2011-12-27 08:44:39

The recent discovery of a pendant at the Irikaitz archaeological site in Zestoa (in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa) has given rise to intense debate: it may be as old as 25,000 years, which would make it the oldest found to date at open-air excavations throughout the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. This stone is nine centimeters long and has a hole for hanging it from the neck although it would seem that, apart from being adornment, it was used to sharpen tools. The discovery has had great...

2011-09-28 12:53:15

There are no journalists specialized in immigration, neither is there any specific training to this end, nor any thought given to how the media influence public opinion in this matter. Lecturer and journalist Alberto Durana has undertaken a thesis in which he is critical both of the Faculties of Journalism and news desks. He argues for the existence of journalists specialized in immigration matters and university courses that takes into account current society. His thesis, defended at the...

2011-09-02 11:53:01

With Web 2.0, secondary school immigrant students improve their oral skills in second languages, simultaneously using their mother tongue It is not easy for those school pupils who, besides being adolescents, are immigrants. The fact is that, in Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO-DBH in their Spanish and Basque initials), it is more necessary than ever to be fluent in the local language in order to comprehend concepts and procedures. Moreover, the attitude of an adolescent who is going...

2011-08-25 12:11:13

Call for public policies to prevent generation of waste and abuse of dumping sites Waste is a term that has taken on new significance — a paradigm of the evolution that has taken place in this matter. Today there is more awareness about processing rubbish in the sense that the dumping site should be the last option. Ms Miren Artaraz, director of the Business Studies Faculty in the Basque City of Vitoria, not only shares this thesis, but also holds that, as important as managing the...

2011-08-11 13:45:13

According to sociologist Auxkin Galarraga, factors such as difficult access to quality jobs have impeded completing a process that originated with the industrial crisis Far from the industrial nature that has marked it, but not managing to reach the desired goal of what we call the knowledge society, the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (CAV-EAE) still has some way to go in order to overcome the socio-economic transition that started when it was accepted that industrial decline was...

2011-07-08 14:14:47

Neiker-Tecnalia has carried out a study on trends in the future   distribution of habitats of Basque woodlands, pointing out that climate change may alter the conditions necessary for the growth of a tree as representative of the Basque lands as the oak. The research was undertaken on the basis of the most pessimistic and severe scenarios for conditions of climate change in the future and claims that for   2080, the oak woods of the Basque Country would undergo a...