From today's UK papers

February 1, 2001

FINANCIAL TIMES

Boeing, the US aircraft manufacturer, is investing in a £15 million aerospace research centre in partnership with the University of Sheffield.

Neale Smith of Newcastle University claims to have developed a low-cost method of putting chips together in parallel to build a supercomputer.

Water could help most rubbish to decompose within five to ten years instead of 100, according to researchers at Ohio State University in the US.

The brake fern Pteris vittata accumulates arsenic compounds from the soil, say botanists at the University of Florida. It is the first plant found to do this.

THE GUARDIAN

A student who was planning a Columbine-style attack on De Anza College in California has been arrested after a photo laboratory assistant developed pictures of the man posing with a huge arsenal of weapons.

THE INDEPENDENT

The University of Liverpool has issued a public apology for its part in the Alder Hey organs scandal.

Ted Wragg argues that young people are buried by a routine of sameness when they really need to discover themselves and concludes that as part of a strategy to achieve this higher education should be free to all.

Warwick University is just one of a number of UK universities tapping into a golden age of private-sector funding for scientific research.

DAILY MAIL

Children with dyslexia can improve their reading and writing skills by mimicking the movements of a baby in the womb, researchers from Queen's University and The Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast, believe.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Students at Sheffeild University have banned their radio station and disco from playing records by American rap singer Eminem.

A brain area the size of a billiard ball enables us to empathise with others, understand jokes and detect cheating, according to Dr Donald Stuss of the Rotman Research Institute, affiliated with the University of Toronto.

THE TIMES

Conductors can identify the notes played by individual musicians in an orchestra because their brains adapt physically to locate sound sources, scientists from the University of Magdeburg have found.

MISCELLANY

All placental mammals belong to one of four groups, each of which has evolved separately since the days of the dinosaurs, geneticists from the University of California, Riverside, and the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland have concluded. ( Guardian , Times )

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