From today's UK papers

February 15, 2001

GUARDIAN

A young Dutchman confessed yesterday to having engineered the Anna Kournikova computer virus, that brought chaos to millions of machines around the world this week. The message said the Russian tennis star deserved the extra attention.

FINANCIAL TIMES

The future of the world's food production is threatened by the environmental damage caused by farming techniques, according to a study published yesterday.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

A smile really is just a smile, according to scientists who have found that women cannot help leading men on when they meet, even if they have no interest in them.

INDEPENDENT

Tories would charge "shark" rates for student loans, say the Liberal Democrats.

Voters in Bristol chose to freeze their council's tax yesterday, despite warnings that it would lead to cuts on school spending of £4.5m. It is the first referendum of its kind in Britain.

Prison chiefs have ordered the biggest shake-up of religion in jails after learning that Anglican inmates are now in a minority among the 64,000 prisoners in England and Wales.

MISCELLANY

Obesity is costing Britain £2.5billion a year, according to a report showing that the number of overweight people has reached record levels. (All papers)

A plastic that can repair itself has been invented by a scientist who claims it is the first  man-made material capable of mending its own "wounds" in the same way as human skin. ( Daily Telegraph, Independent )

European MPs voted for tough new rules on the development of genetically modified organisms yesterday, pleasing environmental groups but putting fresh burdens on the British biotechnology industry. ( Daily Telegraph, Guardian )

 

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