From today's UK papers

July 13, 2001

Independent

Ministers have warned Tony Blair that the government must abandon its "control-freak" policy towards public services if its flagship reforms are to work.

The controversial A-level reforms did not do credit to any ministers and officials involved in their introduction, education secretary Estelle Morris admitted yesterday.

Oxford University is to become the world's premier research centre into the causes and treatment of autism.

Nasa hopes to answer the life-on-Mars question once and for all by sending machines to roam the Martian landscape.

The Times

The world's most accurate clock, measuring time to within a millionth of a billionth of a second, has been developed by scientists at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Ministers have Oxford University on a "hit list" and may have already done it irreparable damage, a retired college master said yesterday.

Television could be banned from some public meetings of a Lords committee examining vivisection to protect people working for animal labs, peers agreed yesterday.

The Guardian

Scientists have called for an urgent review of the safety of yellow fever vaccine, which is routinely given to travellers heading for Africa and South America, following the deaths of six people within days of immunisation.

Ministers are bracing themselves for a row today when official government figures reveal that inequality was not reduced in Britain during Tony Blair's first three years in office.

Financial Times

The pleasing colour of autumn trees may be more than just an annual beauty parade on the part of nature. By changing their leaves in this manner, trees may in fact be signalling a warning to their insect pests.

Miscellany

White middle-class political correctness has impeded attempts to create racial harmony in Bradford, the scene of mainland Britain's worst rioting in 20 years, the city's council leader said yesterday ( Independent, Financial Times, Guardian )

Smokers have long been warned about the link between smoking and heart disease. Now scientists from University College London and St Bartholomew's Hospital have discovered that smokers who carry a particular gene may be at much greater risks than others. ( Financial Times, Daily Telegraph )

Young men who regularly take cannabis are five times more likely to be violent than those who avoid the drug, a study from the Institute of Psychiatry said yesterday. ( Independent, Daily Telegraph )   

 

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