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Doctors have given a woman a new windpipe with tissue grown from her own stem cells, eliminating the need for anti-rejection drugs.
“This technique has great promise,” said Dr. Eric Genden, who did a similar transplant in 2005 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. That operation used both donor and recipient tissue. Only a handful of windpipe, or trachea, transplants have ever been done.
If successful, the procedure could become a new standard of treatment, said Genden, who was not involved in the research.
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On the streets of Barcelona, piercing is hot. Why do the youth of today feel the need to add holes to their bodies? Take a look......
And discover some 'fun facts' like what is a 'prince albert' piercing? (don't google it on the web - trust me, you won't be able to get the images out of your head)
Enjoy!On the streets of Barcelona, piercing is hot. Why do the youth of today feel the need... more
MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Barack Obama sometimes gets ribbed for his outsized ideas, like the massive stage built in Denver, Colorado, to accept the Democratic presidential nomination. But an artist in Barcelona, Spain, has outdone even the candidate himself.MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Barack Obama sometimes gets ribbed for his outsized ideas, like... more
Children can confuse the imaginary world with the real world. The boy in this story does so to deal with the difficult situation of leaving his country and having to adapt to a completely new context.Children can confuse the imaginary world with the real world. The boy in this story... more
A reflection on the phenomenon of the okupation (squatting) in Barcelona. The okupation is a form of political social fight and a alternative of life with a great influence in the contemporary societyA reflection on the phenomenon of the okupation (squatting) in Barcelona. The... more
Barack Obama sometimes gets ribbed for his outsized ideas, like the massive stage built in Denver, Colorado, to accept the Democratic presidential nomination. But an artist in Barcelona, Spain, may be about to outdo the candidate himself.
The artist plans to create a gigantic face of Obama sculpted from gravel and sand, which will cover nearly 2.5 acres (1 hectare) of Barcelona beachfront before the U.S. elections.
"The size of the piece is intrinsic to its value," the artist, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, said Saturday.
He hopes it will be big enough to be seen on Google Earth.
"Obama's personality -- his youth, personal history and message of a new politics -- has fused with the historical moment to create someone larger than life," says the artist's dossier about the work, titled "Expectation."
The huge size also alludes "to the global impact of this election," the dossier adds.
Rodriguez-Gerada, 42, is a Cuban-born American who grew up in North Plainfield, New Jersey, near New York, and now lives in Barcelona.
The artist, who has long focused on large-format sketches and other designs, said he had been planning to put an anonymous face on Barcelona's Mediterranean beachfront but shelved the idea. Then, six weeks ago, he decided it should be Obama's face.
"Everybody's doing work about Obama," he said. "I was talking to my wife about the importance of this election internationally. It all came together."
The idea, that is. The execution of the project is still a work in progress, but with a lot of help pouring in.
The artist has created what he calls a "vectored image" from different photos of Obama, showing the candidate's face looking left over his shoulder.
He will use 500 tons of material -- mainly gravel but also sand and possibly some soil in black, brown and white tones -- to create the image on a flat piece of land slightly raised and overlooking the Mediterranean, near downtown Barcelona.
The artist and a Barcelona newspaper say the city has temporarily ceded use of the land for the project.
The portrait of Obama's face will be 445 feet long by 264 feet wide (139.28 by 82.67 meters) and the artist hopes to have it done by late next week or no later than November 3, the day before the U.S. elections.
The materials have been donated, along with bulldozers and their drivers. The crews will initially spread the materials along white lines, and other markers that will be laid out according to the sketch.
Then, the artist's technical team will direct volunteers with garden rakes to put the final touches on the materials, making sure the various colors are spread properly on the ground in order to depict Obama's eyes, hair, cheeks and collar, according to the plans.
Rodriguez-Gerada said he'll need to raise about $18,700 (15,000 euros) for other costs, such as rakes and gloves for volunteers, documentation, even portable toilets for the crew.
He said it's his "biggest work ever, in scale and complexity."
He's a self-described political independent until recently, when he joined Democrats Abroad in Spain. But he added that the art project is his alone, without help from any political organization or campaign, and he won't be paid for it.
Rodriguez-Gerada said this project also aims to address the issue of "trying to find heroes with empathy for the problems of the world. We really need empathy from Barack Obama. There's a need to do positive things for the future."
Obama's giant face would be environmentally friendly, with all natural colors, so the materials could be recycled, the artist said.
Rodriguez-Gerada's not sure how long the face would remain in place in Barcelona, because the site is slated to be used for a new municipal building.
But even if the face isn't permanent, it might be the start of outsized artistic images of Obama.
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A landscape restoration of a rubbish dump has won the Energy, Waste and Recycling category at the 2008 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain.
Spanish architects Batlle and Roig have returned a 150 hectare rubbish dump back to nature.
more photos » "La Vall d'en Joan" (The Valley of Joan) project, designed by Spanish architects Batlle and Roig, has transformed a 150 hectare site in the Garraf Natural Park, south-west of Barcelona into a green terraced agricultural landscape.
In awarding the prize, judges Luis Mansilla -- Mansilla + Tunon architects -- and Martin Keiding -- editor-in-chief of Arkitektur DK -- described the scheme as: "a perfect example of bringing dead nature back to life by converting rubbish into a beautiful piece of landscape architecture...using few and humble means".
Joan Roig of Batlle and Roig Architects told CNN: "The idea was to create a system of hills and banks in a way that would avoid erosion from water and to give the rubbish dump back to nature with a natural design."
Work to transform the site -- the largest landfill in Spain -- began in 2000 and was completed earlier this year. It is a striking redrawing of a previously scarred and polluted landscape.
The landfill has been servicing Barcelona's metropolitan area for over 30 years. More than 20 million tons of rubbish was spread around the valley before the site was closed in 2006. In some places, you would have to dig down over 100 meters before you found soil again.
But this isn't just a cosmetic makeover. There is an underground drainage system on site which filters contaminated waste fluids. Part of this recycled water is then used to irrigate the park. "The whole project is very sustainable," Roig said.
Furthermore, the dump is also utilizing the bio gas that is emitted to provide electricity.
Some of the rubbish has remained above ground. Housed in large steel cages which flank the entrance to the site, Roig says they serve as a permanent reminder to visitors of the site's previous life.
Judge, Martin Keiding told CNN: "It's a very beautiful and simple design. It is landscape architecture that is inspiring. It is a very good example that everyone could look at and say: 'We could do the same.' This competition is about pointing out good examples that could inspire architects."
LONDON, England (CNN) -- A landscape restoration of a rubbish dump has won the Energy,... more
Macaco is huge in Spain and set to take on the world with the success of their recent world tour. Defined by the Washington Post as the new voice of Spanish alt scene, they have created what is often called the "mestizo" sound, a mixing of the genres found in Spain, hip hop, flamenco, reggae and rock and sung in multiple languages.Macaco is huge in Spain and set to take on the world with the success of their recent... more
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona Special Screening (NYC, August 06, 2008) :: CELEBRITIES.2ESS.COMPenelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona Special Screening (NYC, August 06, 2008) ::... more
Scarlett Johansson @ "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" premiere in Westwood, August 4 :: CELEBRITIES.2ESS.COMScarlett Johansson @ "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" premiere in Westwood, August... more
Penelope Cruz @ "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" premiere in Westwood, August 4 :: CELEBRITIES.2ESS.COMPenelope Cruz @ "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" premiere in Westwood, August 4 ::... more
Independent follows two bands, Barcelona and Melee, as they both strive to succeed past the struggles of the modern music industry.
As the internet presents both positive (free marketing and exposure) and negative (illegal downloading) factors, Barcelona, an unsigned band from Washington, uses all they can to their advantage. Melee, a pop-rock band signed to Warner Bros. Records, uses a much more corporate approach to reach worldwide audiences.Independent follows two bands, Barcelona and Melee, as they both strive to succeed... more
From http://intheknowtraveler.com. Okay, so it has been a while. Fortunately we are back and will have a bunch more great video podcasts coming soon.
In this interview, our own Eileen, visits with Luis from Spain to talk about his culture’s relaxed nature and appreciation for the finer things in life. From personal experience, I can agree wholeheartedly.From http://intheknowtraveler.com. Okay, so it has been a while. Fortunately we are... more
Manchester City have lost out to Italian side AC Milan in the race to sign Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho.
Milan will pay Spanish side Barcelona just £14.6m for his services, with the figure likely to be increased by performance-related bonuses.
The two-time Fifa World Player of the Year's time at Barcelona effectively came to an end in June when new manager Pep Guardiola announced the playmaker was surplus to requirements.
Ronaldinho helped Barcelona win back-to-back Spanish league titles (2004-05, 2005-06) and the Champions League in 2006, but failed to cement a regular place in the starting XI last season because of injury and fitness issues.
Manchester City have lost out to Italian side AC Milan in the race to sign Barcelona... more
Like A Local reflects the desire for a new group of upwardly mobile, young, hip travelers to get a different experience when visiting new cities. Rather than offer the typical cheesy, tour bus experience, Like A Local (started by three young Dutch girls two years ago) hooks clients up with cool, young knowledgeable locals in any of the cities they service (there are about 20 now, NYC, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam,etc). Basically, you can log on to the site and within minutes you can literally line up and RENT a local to hang out with in a given city. Our pod follows Maru and Dirk, a young couple who live in the Gracia district of Barcelona as they host a young Milwaukee couple who wants to see a cooler side of Barcelona.Like A Local reflects the desire for a new group of upwardly mobile, young, hip... more
Street performer/contact juggler Nimi Ben Shalom enchants passersby on the streets of Barcelona.
After comments from Andrew at Current, tightened it up a bit.... hope you enjoy!Street performer/contact juggler Nimi Ben Shalom enchants passersby on the streets of... more