From today's UK papers

April 23, 2001

Financial Times
Fiona Harvey says that scientists are learning how to build tiny machines a few atoms wide; industrial applications may be a decade or more away but progress has been astonishing.

Linda Anderson says that the UK's research assessment exercise tends to create a market in high-quality academics.

English may still be the international language but a survey carried out on behalf of European Management Schools has highlighted the value recruiters place on multilingual management graduates.

Yale School of Management has received anonymous donations totalling $1.2 million (£833,000).

The Independent
The talents of autistic children, who defy their low intelligence to excel in art, music or arithmetic, have been analysed and explained by Dr Beate Hermelin, an experimental psychologist , an honorary professor at Goldsmith's College, University of London, and one of Britain's leading authorities on the condition.

Daily Mail
In an age of calculators and personal organisers, the human brain might be expected to get a little lazy, but, in fact, scientists from New Zealand and America have discovered that advances in technology have helped us to become brighter than ever.

Daily Telegraph
They may not learn how to hone their golfing skills to perfection but students on the courses of St Andrews can boast that they are the best caddies around, thanks to a course in caddying at Elmwood College, in Cupar, Fife.

The Times
Scientists at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency have found a form of silicon that can sit inside the body, paving the way for "smart" implants that could transform healthcare.   

A "sweet tooth" gene that allows cake lovers and chocoholics to enjoy sugary flavours may have been identified by scientists at Harvard Medical School in Boston and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. ( Independent , Daily Mail , Daily Telegragh , Times ).

The antidepressant drug Prozac can reduce the symptoms of severe premenstrual tension, according to a study from MacMaster University. ( Independent , Daily Mail )

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