From today's UK papers

April 25, 2001

Daily Telegraph

The government should stop attacking elite universities for failing to recruit more state pupils and focus instead on the failings of comprehensive education, says Anthony Smith, president of Magdalen College, the Oxford college at the centre of last year's row over the rejection of comprehensive pupil, Laura Spence.

A simple memory test that can detect the early effects of Alzheimer's disease in just 10 minutes has been created by researchers at Cambridge University, with the backing of the Medical Research Council.

Raj Persaud writes that refinements in brain-scanning could soon make the thought police a reality and he describes the 'truth technologies' being researched at several universities in the United States.

The Guardian

A species of wormwood known to the Chinese for 2,000 years could provide a defence against malaria, according to researchers from the Wellcome Trust's Southeast Asia research unit in Bangkok.

The Times

One of mankind's greatest environmental successes, the repair of the ozone layer, could create life-threatening pollution around the world by preventing the formation of vital molecules known as hydroxyls, which cleanse the atmosphere by neutralising harmful gases, according to scientists led by the US National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Miscellany

The government of Mississippi, the American state that became a byword for racial hatred during the civil rights era, has finally agreed to pay $500 million (£357 million) to redress its history of discrimination against three universities in the state used principally by blacks. ( Guardian , Daily Telegraph)


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