From today's UK papers

December 20, 2000

FINANCIAL TIMES

Early January should see the blooming of the government's new white paper on the knowledge economy - the latest competitiveness white paper.

BP will announce £2.5m funding for Cambridge University's "bridge of minds" link with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, designed to improve Britain's record in industrial competitiveness.

THE GUARDIAN

Women who take one of the commonest medications for epilepsy while they are pregnant risk having a child with impaired brain development, according to research published by Liverpool University.

Attempts by the government to cut millions of pounds from the legal aid bill by steering divorcing couples away from lawyers and into mediation have proved a failure, according to official research published by Bristol University.

Angela Phillips, a lecturer at Goldsmith's College, University of London, writes that research reveals that the student loans system is encouraging an alarming culture of borrowing.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Mobile phones have been given a clean bill of health over links with brain tumours, according to research from the American Health Foundation and Memorial Sloan-Ketting Cancer Centre in New York.

MISCELLANY

Research on human embryo stem cells has been given the go-ahead when MPs voted by 366 to 174 to back new regulations permitting the controversial move  ( Financial Times , Guardian ,  Independent , Daily Mail ,  Daily Telegraph ,  Times ).

The year 2000 has been one of the world's warmest since records began, according to the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva ( Guardian , Times ).

British Psychological Society conference: forgetfulness begins at 40 ( Guardian , Independent , Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph , Times ); gay men 'defying advice on safe sex' ( Independent , Times ); stress of working from home may be bad for your health ( Independent , Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph ).

The prosecution service has performed a U-turn by agreeing to bring charges of manslaughter against Euromin, a Dutch-owned company, and its general manager over the death of a student who was killed within two hours of starting a casual dockside job in 1998 ( Financial Times ,  Guardian).

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