A team at Edinburgh University has come up with a novel design for a tidal electricity generator.
Scientists at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, have developed a ceramic foam that is about 95 per cent air by volume, resists temperatures above 1,700C and should prove safer than asbestos for insulation.
The desire of Alvin Smucker, of Michigan State University in the United States, to clean delicate roots for plant research has led to an advance in technology for catching criminals.
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have genetically modified wheat in a way that makes it less likely to provoke allergies.
Graduate trainees are being offered starting salaries of £60,000 and a new Smart car to join one of Britain's fastest-growing mobile phone companies, the Caudwell Group, owner of the Phone4U chain of retail shops. Successful applicants could be on £500,000 a year at age 30.
Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Liverpool, writes that if the education minister David Blunkett moves on, Tony Blair will be left with a huge gap to fill
Despite a rise in students from ethnic-minority backgrounds taking up higher education, the proportion is still low.
Women recognise faces better than men. They are more observant and less easily fooled by disguises, according to research from Halmstad University in Sweden. (From New Scientist )
A test-tube baby microchip that carries out every stage of in vitro fertilisation automatically is being developed by scientists at Colorado State University. ( Independent , Daily Telegraph , Times )