From today's UK papers

August 10, 2001

Daily Telegraph

According to a MORI poll, graduates have a more pessimistic view of teaching as a career than the rest of the public.

Scientists from the University of British Columbia have found the first hard evidence that the placebo effect is not all in the mind: it does produce measurable effects in the body that can help to treat the disease.

The scientific picture of how traits are passed down from parents to children is changed today with studies from the Wistar Institute that confirm that there is a second type of code governing inheritance.

Financial Times

UK internet surfers are among the least active users of online pornography in Europe, although figures from NetValue showing that more than a quarter of them logged on to an adult site in June.

It could be the next must-have gadget for harassed travellers fed up with dragging luggage around airport corridors. A Middlesex-based inventor has devised a motorised suitcase that follows its owner like an obedient dog, according to New Scientist , published yesterday.

Traffic levels are continuing to increase according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, despite the government's 1997 pledge to reduce them.


Lawyers at Britain's most profitable firm of solicitors can expect to take home £1m a year once they pass their fortieth birthday, a report published yesterday in Legal Week revealed.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, called yesterday for compromise to salvage a global conference on racism after a US representative said he would urge a boycott unless anti-Israel language was dropped.


South Africans are more likely to die by being shot than in a car accident, according to a government survey.


Shares of biotechnology surged last night as indications grew that President Bush would announce in a televised statement that he would allow limited government funding for embryonic stem cell research. ( Financial Times , Daily Telegraph )

The 56th General Assembly in New York next month is expected to start an urgent debate on a worldwide ban on human cloning for reproductive purposes, at the joint behest of France and Germany. ( Guardian , Financial Times )

Children who weighed more than their siblings and classmates when they were born have higher IQs, according to a study of more than 3,000 children by the New York Academy of Medicine. ( Guardian , Financial Times , Times , Independent )

A league table produced by the World Health Organisation officials offered dismal news for the NHS yesterday. The UK ranked 24th globally in terms if healthcare efficiency. ( Guardian , Financial Times , Times , Independent )

The meat industry was yesterday accused of failing to cooperate with government scientists investigating possible links between BSE and the use in food of mechanically recovered meat. ( Financial Times , Daily Telegraph , Times , Independent )

Golfers with a handicap of four or less are being invited to Birmingham University to convert their skill at the sport into a three-year honours degree. ( Daily Telegraph , Times )

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