Poor employment prospects among ethnic minorities are to be tackled with a £15 million fund to be announced as the government launches the second phase of the New Deal.
Norman Borlaug, the Nobel prizewinning crop scientist, has little patience with opponents of genetic modification, but does not find biotechnology companies blameless.
The UK publisher Heinemann has pulled out at the last minute from publishing a study of the Holocaust denial libel case, written by Richard Evans, professor of modern history at Cambridge University.
American academic Glenn Jordan has traced the history of racial harmony in the Tiger Bay district of Cardiff.
Young Christians disagree with their churches' moral teachings and believe sex outside wedlock is morally acceptable, according to a survey of social attitudes from Bangor University.
Kevin Sharpe, professor of history at Southampton University, writes that declining standards mean that many universities offer little more than a mass training in rudimentary skills.
Colin Blakemore, professor of physiology at Oxford University, has accused the Tories of pandering to animal rights extremists and leaving researchers open to terrorist attack.
St Andrews University, Prince William's home from this autumn, has been accused of hypocrisy after agreeing to let the makers of the Castaway 2000 television series produce a documentary about life at the institution.
Ivan the Terrible's mother and wife were poisoned with mercury, according to scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Geography and the Bureau of Forensic Medicine, who claim to have solved two 500-year-old murder mysteries. ( Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph )
Children whose mother or father stays at home to look after them are likely to do better at school than those with parents who both work, according to research from the University of Essex. ( Financial Times , Guardian , Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph , Times )