From today's UK papers

July 27, 2001


Dying Bangladeshis have been granted legal aid to sue British scientists in London this autumn for failing to discover dangerous levels of arsenic during a survey of their country's drinking water supplies in the early 1990s.


Put away your lottery tickets and forget Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? A sudden windfall will not make you any happier than your annual modest pay rise according to research from the University of Southern California.

Daily Telegraph

Scientists from the University of Vienna have found a gene mutation that could explain why some women suffer frequent miscarriages.

The popularity of high-energy drinks is soaring as people seek quick fixes to cope with their hectic work and social lives, a study has found.

Dr George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says it is misguided to portray religion as destabilising, whether in Jerusalem, Belfast or Bradford.

Philip Morris, the tobacco giant that makes Marlboro cigarettes, yesterday took a deep breath and issued a grovelling apology for a study that said that smoking was good for the economy.

Financial Times

Health forecasting - predicting changes in the workload of the national health service on the basis of weather and disease data - proved its value in a pilot study last winter, according to an evaluation that was released yesterday by the Department of Health and the Meteorological Society.

The issue of abortion moved further into the stem-cell debate with research published today on the first successful use of human foetal stem cells to grow new brain tissue in monkeys.


Too many black and Asian people are being taken to court because of a culture of racism endemic in the Crown Prosecution Service, according to a damning report published yesterday. ( Independent, Daily Telegraph, Times, Guardian )

Teenagers are drinking twice as much alcohol as they did ten years ago and nearly one in three 15-year-olds admits to smoking cannabis, a survey has found. ( Independent, Daily Telegraph, Guardian )

Student debt has risen to record levels, with the typical undergraduate now owing nearly £6,000, a survey published Abbey National yesterday reveals. ( Independent, Daily Telegraph )

A pill that can completely suppress periods, ending the monthly misery of cramps, is being developed by American scientists at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. ( Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian )

China yesterday expelled a second US-based academic whom it had convicted of espionage and opened up the possibility of a third also returning to the US. ( Financial Times, Daily Telegraph )

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