From today's UK papers

November 17, 2000


A "memory pill" that could repair the ability of our brains to learn and remember may be available within a decade, according to scientists from the Wolfson Institute of Biomedical Research at University College London.

The Statistics Commission, the newly created watchdog for government figures, has shown the first signs of taking steps to improve the quality and range of government data.

Scientists at the National University of Singapore are using gene technology to develop a rainbow range of fluorescent ornamental fish that could eventually be used to detect water-borne pollution.


Colin Blakemore, Waynflete professor of physiology at the University of Oxford, argues that although many people are alarmed by the race to patent gene technology, it could benefit mankind.


Middlesex University's Flood Hazard Research Centre, which has investigated the psychological damage wreaked by floods, has been named among the winners of this year's Queen's Anniversary Prizes.


The most significant increases in university funding for more than a decade have been announced, with higher education budgets increasing by £1 billion a year within three years ( Financial Times , Guardian , Independent , Times ).

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