From today's UK papers

April 27, 2001

Financial Times
Employment in manufacturing in the United Kingdom will fall by 700,000 over the next 10 years, according to a Warwick University study commissioned by the government.

BMW yesterday became the latest car manufacturer to warn of a skills shortage in Britain, claiming that recruitment of 1,800 workers for its new Mini plant had been hampered by a lack of qualified engineers.


We must not stop studying the classics, Peter Wiseman, professor of classics at the University of Exeter, told the Classical Association in his presidential address.

Scientists at Imperial College, London, have discovered a gene that could explain some women's infertility. The knowledge could lead to higher success rates for in vitro fertilisation.

Daily Telegraph
A professor's story of her heart and lung transplant has been retold in a novel launched yesterday to help raise funds for research on tissue repair and regeneration.

A new test for early breast cancer, developed at Johns Hopkins University, may be able to identify cancers missed by mammographs.

Comprehensive education is dead, and the sooner the political stake is driven through its heart the better, Chris Woodhead, the former chief inspector of schools, said last night.

The Times
Three Oxford University students, all aged 20, were beaten with baseball bats in a street attack in the city while returning home early yesterday.

An advanced civilisation was thriving on the coast of modern-day Peru at the same time as the pyramids were built in Egypt, US researchers have discovered.

Easy access to loans from banks and credit-card companies has been blamed by National Debt Line for a rise in the level of debt among young people. ( Guardian , Daily Telegraph ) 

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