From today's UK papers

March 28, 2001

Financial Times

Nanotechnology could produce a new generation of weapons including miniature robots and button-sized detectors of biological and chemical threats, Sir Keith O'Nions, an Oxford University professor and the Ministry of Defence's top scientist, has said.

The government has announced an extra £434 million in funding for the Learning and Skills Council - the body that will plan and fund post-16 training and education from April 2.

The studies and experiences of Katharine Xin, a professor at the business school of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, illuminate the clash of cultures as seen in the notoriously tricky alliances between Chinese and western businesses.

The Guardian

Oxford University has set up a company "aiming to take the sting out of bee-keeping" and help bees devastated by intensive farming and the varroa parasite from the Far East.

The Independent

A national vaccination programme for foot-and-mouth, which would put paid to Britain's "disease-free" status, could cost tens of billions of pounds in lost exports, according to a study by Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy.

Three of Britain's most prominent scientists, Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough and Desmond Morris, are backing a campaign to stop the use of chimpanzees in medical experiments and to close the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in the Netherlands, the last in Europe to experiment on primates.

The Times

The chance discovery of an ancient shipwreck in the middle of the Mediterranean appears to confirm that Hellenic mariners were capable of undertaking the epic journeys of Odysseus and other heroes.

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