From today's UK papers

August 8, 2001

The Independent

Thousands of teaching posts remain unfilled less than a month before the start of the new school year, a survey by The Independent has found.

The UK government is to spend £5m on encouraging young people in riot-torn areas to take up sailing, mountain biking and other activities in order to keep them off the streets during the rest of the summer.

Go Higher: Part 3 - Wales and the South-west offer students a world of choice.

Daily Telegraph

An electronic Doctor Dolittle gadget that promises to help dog owners understand their pets' emotions and demands has been invented in Japan.

An internet archive of UK government papers dating back to 1688 has been launched by the British Library and 10 universities. (www.bopcris.ac.uk)

The wreck of the Mary Celeste, the ship that sparked a great maritime mystery, has been discovered off Haiti by a team of marine archaeologists from the National Underwater and Marine Agency.

The largest model yet of the Solar System has been created in a Kent village. Its scale is enormously impressive, reports Robert Matthews.

The Guardian

It may not offer the big bucks he is fast getting used to. But Bill Clinton is set to strengthen his links with the UK by taking a professorship at the London School of Economics.

More than three years after news broke of Monica Lewinsky's affair with President Clinton, the former White House intern has re-emerged as a new academic subject: Monica studies.

Jim Dutton's genetically modified maize field at Sunnymead farm near Wivenhoe, Essex, is thought to hold the record for the number of times protesters have tried to trash it.

Japanese whalers received a heroes' welcome yesterday when they returned to port from a three-month "scienitifc" hunt with the carcasses of 158 whales to be sold off as goumet meat and blubber.

Financial Times

BASF, the German chemicals group, has offered Nottingham Trent University a 10,000 sq metre pharmaceuticals research facility valued at £4 million, in one of the UK's largest corporate donations.

The issue of reparations for slavery will be on the agenda of the UN World Conference Against Racism at the end of the month, the conference's host nation, South Africa, said yesterday.   

Miscellany

Rhodri Morgan, the Welsh first minister, has sharply criticised a former government adviser who likened English-speaking property buyers to foot-and-mouth disease. ( Financial Times , Daily Telegraph , Guardian )

Two fertility doctors, and a biochemist who believes in UFOs, insisted last night that they would press ahead with plans to create cloned babies by next year despite angry opposition from fellow scientists. ( Daily Telegraph , Independent , Guardian )

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