From today's UK papers

April 5, 2001

Financial Times

Myriad Genetics, Oracle and Hitachi have formed an alliance to map all the proteins in the human body in less than three years - a task that was expected to take decades.

Researchers from the University of Colorado have found a new way to control the alignment of liquid crystals, which could lead to better computer displays.
 
The Guardian

A panel of international scientists convened by South African president Thabo Mbeki to resolve the debate over whether HIV causes Aids has failed to reach agreement after nearly a year.

Profile of Dalton Conley of New York University, an academic superstar who grew up a lone white kid among the black gangs of New York's Lower East Side.

Research at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC suggests that the pumpkin was the first domestic vegetable.

The Independent

Britain has too many dentists, and patients have their teeth checked more often than is necessary, a report from University College London claims.

Alan Smithers, professor of education at the University of Liverpool, argues that astrology is capable of investing life with meaning.

Interview with David Blunkett, the education secretary, as he prepares to leave office.

Daily Mail

Half of all cancers could soon be prevented by taking a pill once a week, according to a report from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.

Daily Telegraph

Applications to Stanford University in Silicon Valley plunged as people fled to join dotcoms, but students are now rushing back to school.

The Times

Hospital waiting lists are governed by chaos theory in the same way as forest fires, sandpile avalanches and disease epidemics, and are just as difficult to control, according to researchers from the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Miscellany

Two independent teams of scientists, from Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, believe that the foot and mouth outbreak has reached a plateau and the daily tally of cases will begin to fall. ( Financial Times , Guardian , Daily Telegraph , Times )

A tenfold increase in cases of autism over the past decade has prompted Paul Shattock, director of the Autism Research Unit at the University of Sunderland, to call for new research on the condition's causes. ( Independent , Times )

Climate change fed by fossil fuel pollution could be the cause of the worldwide deaths of amphibians, according to scientists from Penn State University and Oregon State University. ( Guardian , Daily Telegraph, from Nature )

Scientists at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, have found that honey improves the performance of athletes as effectively as expensive sports drinks and energy gels. ( Daily Mail , Times )

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