From today's UK papers

May 15, 2001

Financial Times

Bristol and Bath are to be the first universities in the UK to form a joint venture science park.

Stefan Wagstyl says that Akademgorodok, the campus town housing Russia's scientific institutes, is adapting to the market economy; it has no choice.

The Guardian

Mary Warnock writes that emotion is stopping us embracing the benefits of gene manipulation.

Donald MacLeod reports that bureaucracy is taking a harsh toll on lecturers' health.

Daniel Hamermesh, professor of economics, University of Texas at Austin, and Andrew Oswald, professor of economics, University of Warwick, say that it is time to scrap academics' outdated pay system.

Sir Christopher Ball, chancellor of Derby University and chair of the Global University Alliance, argues that trust funds are there for the asking, but education is too shy - or too proud - to apply.

Cornwall hopes its university-in-waiting will kickstart its ailing economy.

Linda Stewel asks what form the new, more demanding social work degree should usefully take.

David Blunkett, the first further education lecturer to make education secretary, tots up Labour's post-16 record.

Stephen Hoard celebrates in Adult Learners' Week with some of the people who have discovered the buzz of learning.

The Independent

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have made a breakthrough in understanding the function of BRCA1, the "breast cancer gene" that normally protects against cancer inside the cell.

Daily Mail

Chandra Wickramasinghe, professor of applied mathematics and astronomy at Cardiff University, asks whether the pyramids were mystical launch pads to the afterlife.

The Times

A lost civilisation may have developed a previously unknown written language more than 4,000 years ago in the deserts of Central Asia, according to Fredrik Hiebert, an archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, United States.

Glem Owen says that deciding which university to attend is not just about educational factors, there is also the tricky question of where to live.

Peta Bee reports that research on both sides of the Atlantic shows there is little evidence to support the more extravagant claims about the health effects of drinking water.

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