From today's UK papers

January 5, 2001

FINANCIAL TIMES

As global demand for higher education rises, universities are offering tuition via the internet. In doing so, they may be risking their reputations.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Beautiful women go for more rugged males such as the actor Russell Crowe, while more dowdy females really do prefer wimps such as Rick Moranis, scientists from St Andrews University report.

THE TIMES

A pay dispute at the new universities and colleges of higher education is denying thousands of students examination marks that count towards their final degrees and determine whether they remain on courses.

MISCELLANY

Employers should recruit extroverts for office jobs but seek calm, quiet types to drive or operate machinery, according to research from London's City University. Gossip helps to relieve stress and tension in the workplace, and the best providers of a "good old gossip" tend to be outgoing types ( Financial Times , Daily Mail ).

Sunlight may protect against multiple sclerosis, heart disease and strokes, according to scientists at the University of East Anglia ( Daily Telegraph , Times ).

People who are imaginative and open-minded or aggressive and selfish are more accident-prone than others, according to research from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology ( Daily Telegraph , Times ).

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