From today's UK papers

August 6, 2001

The Independent

A local council has set up its own teacher supply agency in a pioneering scheme to avoid shelling out thousands of pounds for the services of staffing companies.

Scientists at North Carolina State University have found the Achilles heel of the world's most popular organic pesticide. The findings could undermine the role of Bacillus thuringiensis as a safe form of insect control in the developing world.

Go higher - part 1: Why the Midlands is attracting record numbers of students.

Daily Telegraph

Superwoman has been rumbled. Juggling a career, a family and an active social life is quite literally a waste of time, according to scientists at  Universtiy of Michigan.

European children should not be taught English as their first foreign tongue because they will then feel there is no need to learn anything else, German language teachers claim.

Financial Times

Business schools keen to entice recruiters are intensifying their search for minority applicants.

Budapest's IMC Graduate School of Business is set for another change at the top, following the resignation of Adam Torok, dean and chief executive, last week.

The Trium executive MBA. which begins next month, has asked Cenquest, a provider of corporate-customised e-learning programmes, to be its technology provider.

Paris University has established a chair in innovation, business and society to be sponsored by Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical group.

The Guardian

Most Britons have revelled in the summer heatwave, relaxing as the temperatures soar. But according to the advert just placed by British Antartic Survey, dozens of construction workers are dreaming of life on a polar ice shelf.

British scientists at Sussex University are pushing for a mission to the planet from hell. They want to use a duplicate of a Mars spacecraft to go to the Earth's sister planet Venus.

The British Medical Association will call today for tighter European guidelines on the patenting of human genes to stop companies gaining a financial lock on future medical discoveries.

Roy Hattersley: Whatever you do, don't call it a tax. But a *** on working graduates is much fairer than student loans.

There are writers, and there are Writers. But why is it that the roster of British heavyweights has not changed for 20 years? Have no new stars emerged to challenge the gilded quartet of Amis, Barnes, McEwan and Rushide - or do we lack the curiosity to find them?

The Times

Comprehensive schools have become the last bastions of male superiority in public examinations, according to a government analysis of last year's results.

Students planning to take a gap year abroad are being urged to practise safe sex by the Public Health Laboratory Service after an increase in numbers returning with sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

Senior civil servants have set up a "positive action" scheme for ethnic minority undergraduates to help black and Asian staff to reach the top of Whitehall.

Last week, Hannah Betts argued that far from broadening the mind, a gap year was simply an excuse for pretentious loafing by the bourgeoise. The article provoked a huge response from readers.

Claims from Baroness Greenfield and Dr Thomas Stuttaford that cannabis is harmful are an idiosyncratic reading of the scientific and medical evidence, argue Colin Blackmore and Leslie Iversen.

Daily Mail

It was the big promise of the computer age - technology would enable us to accomplish much more in much less time. But 30 years after the first personal computer appeared on a desk top, it appears to be having the oppsite effect, according to the University of Michigan.

Conflict between parents prior to divorce may be more damaging to children than the split itself, according to research by Ohio State University.

Miscellany

One in three job seekers tell lies in their curriculum vitae in the belief that potential employers never check details of job applications, a survey by Validation.com claimed yesterday. ( Financial Times , Daily Telegraph , Times )

Sevirino Antinori, the Italian fertility doctor who plans to clone a human baby, says he has recruited eight British couples for his experiment. ( Daily Telegraph , Daily Mail )

Italy is trying to have a world food summit due to be held in Rome moved abroad for fear of a repeat of the violence that marred the G8 summit in Genoa. ( Daily Telegraph , Financial Times )


   

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