From today's UK papers

May 10, 2001

Financial Times

A team from the Georgia Institute of Technology has conducted a series of experiments aboard Nasa's KC-135 aircraft, testing the effects of intense sound on particles in almost zero-gravity to explore what sound can do to manipulate materials.

The Lodex machine, developed to detect smuggled diamonds by De Beers, has been adapted to carry out a full-body X-ray on a patient in less than 30 seconds, using 75 per cent less radiation. The output can be viewed on a computer.

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam have developed a method of video manipulation that allows computers to track an object on video when its contours change or it moves out of sight by dropping behind another object.

The Guardian

Women are up to ten times more likely to be worried about their weight than men even though many are within healthy limits for their height, according to research from the University of Glasgow that strengthens the perception that concern with thinness is a woman-only problem.

Like its founder Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia has a reputation for fearless truth, honesty and honour. So the news that 122 of its students could be expelled for internet cheating has rocked one of the most revered educational institutions in the United States.

Ned Temko, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, writes that the Oxford Union's invitation to David Irving to a debate was a travesty and he is thankful it has been dropped.

Research from the University of Colorado suggests that many of Australia's big animals died out when the first human settlers turned up.

Claire Cockcroft, of the Institute of Biotechnology in Cambridge, says that hemp, the cousin of cannabis, is perfect for an industry looking for greener resources.

The Independent

Sex, celebrities and the absence of tuition fees are helping to lure a record number of students to Scottish universities this autumn.

New AS-level exam is a multi-million pound investment in expanding sixth-form studies, but are universities interested?

Daily Mail

Dr Tom Van Flandern, who runs the Washington-based Meta Research to investigate "celestial anomalies" and former head of celestial mechanics at the United States Naval Observatory, claims a "face" on rocks on Mars is strong evidence that an advanced civilisation, similar to man, once lived there.

Daily Telegraph

A freak "heatwave" has halved the size of a colony of emperor penguins living on the Antarctic coast, researchers from the National Centre for Scientific Research in Villiers en Bois report.

Lobsters play themselves like out-of-tune violins to frighten away predators when their defences are low, scientists from Duke Unhiversitry in Durham, North Carolina, have discovered.

The health benefits of alcohol may be exaggerated and the positive effects of drink are largely confined to older people, say researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Men will be walking on Mars within 20 years, Daniel Goldin, the head of Nasa, has predicted.

The northward drift of Australia and New Guinea three million years ago brought droughts to Africa, ice sheets to Europe and may even have shaped the evolution of our ancestors, according to researchers from Columbia University. (from Nature)

The Times

Alcohol saves about 10,000 more lives a year in Britain than it costs, according to research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Parents are spending more time with their children than they did 20 years ago, according to a study from the University of Michigan that contradicts the belief that dual-income parents neglect their children.

Miscellany

Some gay people can turn heterosexual if they are highly motivated to do so, claims a controversial study by Dr Robert L. Spitzer, a psychiatry professor at Columbia University in New York. ( Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph )

After years of warning that drinking milk can increase the risk of heart disease, scientists at Bristol and Glasgow Universities now believe it is good for you. ( Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph )

Women who want a faithful husband should think small because tall men are more likely to divorce and remarry say researchers from Syracuse University, New York. ( Daily Mail , Times )

Scientists at University College, London, have come up with a theory that shows it is men who are the natural-born shoppers. ( Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph )

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