From today's UK papers

July 31, 2001

Guardian

Tony Blair has promised to look again at the financing of higher education, including student loans, after the issue became the single most difficult problem facing Labour on the doorstep.

Despite the collapse of many high-profile dotcom businesses, the internet is flourishing in Britain, according to telecoms regulator Oftel, which yesterday said 40 per cent of UK households were now using dial-up internet access.

Independent

Pearson, the publisher of the Financial Times, yesterday warned it had been hit by the worst advertising slump in a decade. The company, which also owns Penguin books and a large educational publishing and testing business, said it would miss its double-digit earnings growth target this year.

Fat could hold the key to diabetes cure according to Japanese scientists working on a drug that could treat a rapidly spreading form of adult diabetes.

Daily Telegraph

The Japanese discovered and colonised America thousands of years before the Vikings or Christopher Columbus, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.

Financial Times

An exhaustive study into the application of genetic technologies has rejected political demands that New Zealand should be made free of all genetically modified materials.

Miscellany

The FBI yesterday warned of imminent worldwide internet disruptions caused by a particularly virulent computer worm known as Code Red, which caused disruptions in the White House and Pentagon web sites earlier this month. ( Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail )

A new salt-proof tomato plant that could make fertile vast areas of poor quality land has been created by scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of California. ( Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail )

Canada has become the first country to legalise the widespread medicinal use of marijuana, allowing people suffering from chronic illness to grow and smoke the drug. ( Independent, Guardian, Times, Daily Mail )

Scientists from Cardiff University have discovered live bacteria so high in the earth's atmosphere as to indicate "strongly" that they come from outer space. ( Guardian, Independent, Times, Daily Mail )

The Skills Council described the British yesterday as the "least well-educated and skilled workforce in western Europe", as it unveiled plans to put the UK back among the world's brightest by 2010. ( Financial Times, Times, Daily Mail )    

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