From today's UK papers

August 20, 2001

Independent

The government is set to step up its campaign to increase the number of children from poorer homes going to university.

More girls are to be encouraged to take science and technology A levels as part of a government drive to be launched next month after this summer's results showed a gaping gender divide in students' subject choices.

Pay in Britain's service sector is growing at its fastest pace for a decade despite fears over the UK economic outlook, the Confederation of British Industry said yesterday.

Unusual seabirds from the furthest corners of the world are converging on British waters this summer as the effects of global warming disrupt migratory patterns.

Guardian

The 'Prince William effect' has been credited with filling the University of St Andrews with the brightest undergraduates it has ever had.

Red hot chilli peppers could provide the means of combating salmonella in chickens, according to scientists from Virginia Tech University, who say that feeding chicks capsaicin from the peppers' oil would reduce the amount of antibiotics the birds needed to be fed.

A medical lecturer in Pakistan has been sentenced to death under the country's blasphemy laws after his students complained to a hardline Islamic organisation about one of his classes.

The number of business start-ups has hit a nine-year low, according to a survey published by Barclays bank.

Times

A new bird species has been discovered in the Andes by British and Columbian students. The chestnut-capped piha, which lives in the tropical rainforest, was identified in the Central Cordillera mountains of Columbia.

Lemon juice can help to prevent "economy-class syndrome" by improving blood circulation during long-haul flights, scientists at Tokai Gakuen University believe.

Daily Telegraph

Organised crime gangs are paying to put students through university and law school so that they can employ them as crooked lawyers and accountants, it was claimed yesterday.

Lack of a university degree or A-level qualifications is no barrier to the new generation of female entrepreneurs, according to the results of a Business Planning and Research study released today.

Children who play computer games for hours on end risk stunted brain growth and a loss of self-control, research from Tohoku University has shown.

Miscellany

The Labour government's £180bn ten-year-plan to boost public transport and tackle traffic congestion is doomed to failure, a scathing report from the Institute of Directors says today. Independent , Guardian , Times .

The government is to begin a worldwide advertising campaign next month to recruit thousands of foreign doctors in an attempt to meet its election promises on health. Times , Independent , Daily Telegraph .

The number of exams taken by sixth-formers should be reduced, while those papers they do sit should be more rigorous, the head of the government's exam watchdog said yesterday. Independent , Times .

The risk of an asteroid strike wiping out mankind will be investigated by a new British research centre, the government announced yesterday. Independent , Guardian .

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