From today's UK papers

November 23, 2000

FINANCIAL TIMES

Scientists at the University of Trento in Italy describe how they have discovered a way to draw something approaching a laser-like emission from silicon

Researchers from the University of Valencia in Spain have reported success in creating a "multifunctional" material by combining conducting and magnetic properties in organic crystals

Aerospace engineers at North Carolina State University have become the first to demonstrate technology called "In-flight active flow control" in real flight

Universitas 21, an international network of universities, has announced plans for a partnership with Thomson, the Canadian electronic publishing group, to set up a global online "e-university"

THE GUARDIAN

Rebecca Smithers writes that the National College for School Leadership provides headteachers with advice and training and brings them together on the internet

THE INDEPENDENT

Lucy Hodges writes that more space, sunnier skies and great facilities are attracting growing numbers of British students to United States universities, but the American dream does not come cheap

Wendy Berliner writes that people are encouraged to train as teachers, but there is a shortage of those all-important placements

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Smart spectacles that continually change shape to correct temporary imperfections in the eye can double the sharpness of vision, scientists from the University of Murcia in Spain have said

The world has not warmed since 1940 according to tree rings, coral reef and ice core boreholes, Professor Fred Singer, a meteorologist at the University of Virginia and one of the world's leading global warming sceptics, has told a meeting at the climate change conference

THE TIMES

Anjana Ahuja reports that Professor Kevin Warwick claims robots will take over the world, but his critics call him a buffoon

MISCELLANY

Scientists from the University of Seoul have used gene therapy to treat diabetic mice and rats, with no detectable adverse effects, paving the way for clinical trials in humans ( Guardian , Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph )

Genetic research and efforts to develop a more powerful replacement for the internet are to receive the lion's share of £352 million of investment announced by the Prime Minister ( Financial Times , Guardian , Independent , Times )

King Arthur's Round Table in Winchester could have been the central part of an elaborate medieval Arthurian fancy dress ball in the reign of Edward I, the notorious "Hammer of the Scots", according to Martin Biddle, head of medieval archaeology at Oxford University ( Guardian , Independent )

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