From today's UK papers

May 25, 2001

The Independent

Tony Blair stumbled headlong into a dispute over support for education when he staged a photo opportunity at New College, Swindon, where days before, lecturers took strike action against government funding and pay.

Daily Telegraph

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking and other leading researchers have given their support to Labour's science policies, the government has announced.

The Times

The impending arrival of Britain's latest teenage heart-throb, Prince William, as an undergraduate at St Andrews is sending property values in the quiet Fife seaside town into the stratosphere.

Adrian Noble, the head of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is so concerned that drama schools are neglecting to train young actors in classical stage drama in favour of television that he is establishing an RSC academy at Stratford-upon-Avon.

Daily Mail

Trees might not be as effective at fighting global warming as widely thought, scientists from Duke University in North Carolina have warned

Financial Times

The Galileo spacecraft will make its closest pass yet to Callisto, the outermost of Jupiter's large moons.

Miscellany

Scientists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, believe that a tiny animal no bigger than a paperclip, Hadrocodium wui, which scurried around during the time of the dinosaurs, holds the key to the evolution of warm-blooded mammals. (Daily Telegraph, Independent)

Cambridge University scientists believe they have identified the part of the brain that determines what psychologists call "impulsive choice" - at least in laboratory rats. (Financial Times, Daily Telegraph)

The oldest trick in the doctor's black bag - giving a patient a dummy pill to make them feel better - may have to be abandoned after scientists from the Nordic Cochran Centre in Copenhagen reported that the placebo effect is a myth. (Independent, Times)

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