From today's UK papers

August 16, 2001

The Independent

Lured by cheap beer, St Andrews University students are expected to end 25 years of autonomy from the National Union of Students. But the issue has divided the town.

Daily Telegraph

US companies are developing the technology to mass-produce "cloned" chickens, provoking outrage among animal welfare campaigners.

The mystery of how the bumble-bee flies has created a flap among scientists. Studies from the Univesity of California published today cast doubt on a five-year-old theory that had all but ended decades of consternation and speculation about how the creatures flew.

A sculpture of a bull the size of a human blood cell has been modelled at Osaka University using a method scienitists believe could be used to make tiny medical machines for use inside the body.

Today's A-level results are irrelevent: anyone who wants to take a degree can find a university to take him. More has indeed meant worse, argues Chris Woodhead.

Financial Times

The United Kingdom takes longer than any other country to publish results from its ten-yearly population census, according to a Financial Times analysis.

Students have brought wealth and fashion to Nottingham as it swaps textiles for credit cards.

The number of students taking exams in computing and information technology has doubled this year following the introduction of the new AS-levels.

Tempers are fraying in Europe's capitals about the encroaching use of English in the depths of the European Commission.

The Times

Scientists at Oxford University and Scripps Research Institute have discovered an antibody that could pave the way for a vaccine for "mad cow" disease and its human equivalent.

The Sorbonne is facing ridicule over a thesis by Mitterrand's astrologer.

The Guardian

Two scientists studying the waltz of the moon and Earth have reconstructed the chance encounter that locked them in a cosmic embrace.    

Miscellany

A single treatment for heart-disease victims, costing £1 a day, was described by doctors yesterday as the biggest breakthrough in fighting Britain's number one killer for 20 years. ( Guardian , Independent , Daily Telegraph , Times )

Girls' lead over boys in public examinations has widened dramatically with changes to the sixth-form curriculum, the first results of the new AS levels showed yesterday. ( Times , Independent , Guardian )

Salman Rushdie emerged as one of the early losers in this year's Booker Prize when the judges published their "longlist" for the first time. Beryl Bainbridge is the bookies' favourite. ( Independent , Daily Telegraph , Guardian )

Drinkers feel happier about their health than abstainers, and the feelgood factor often increases with their consumption, according to a study that adds to the mixed message about alcohol. ( Daily Telegraph , Guardian )


 

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