From today's UK papers

August 31, 2001

Financial Times

Management consultancy firms that spent last year worrying about how to attract graduates who were flocking to internet companies, now have a different problem: too many recruits.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, a child of the Scottish Enlightenment and the country's pre-eminent scientific academy for more than 200 years, has been asked to play a central role in setting a science strategy for Scotland.

The scientific limelight will fall on Scotland next week when Glasgow University hosts Britain's biggest and most wide-ranging research meeting, the annual British Association Festival of Science.


Teenagers who have a second pregnancy are almost three times more likely than older women to have a premature or stillbirth, a University of Glasgow study says.

Daily Mail

Profile of Pav Akhtar, the 23-year-old who has become the first ethnic minority president of the Cambridge University Student's Union.

DMXAA, a drug that starves tumours of blood, was last night hailed by British scientists at the Cancer Research Campaign as a 'milestone' that could prove crucial in the war against the disease.

The controversial MMR vaccine can trigger feverish fits in youngsters who are already at risk of convulsions, say scientists.

Daily Telegraph

Lazy fruit bats are being put on an ingenious new training programme by Strathclyde University to help them achieve a more active and fulfilling sex life. A combination of set meals, "waiter service" and limited air space has reduced the captive bats to crawling around and consequently piling on the pounds.

Aspirin is confirmed as a wonder drug today following the discovery at Harvard Medical School that it may help in treatment of adult-onset diabetes, which affects more than 600,000 people in Britain.

A computer that never once crashed in 20 years has been donated to London's Science Museum.

The principal of St Andrews University, where Prince William will shortly begin a history of art degree, was cleared yesterday of allegations that he sexually harassed a member of staff.


A type of genetically modified tomato that cannot transmit its altered DNA to ordinary fruit has been developed by the Institute of Plant Biotechnology, Germany, in a step that will counter a major criticism of GM technology.


As many as 9,000 British veterans think they may have Gulf war syndrome - more than one in six of those who served there in 1991, according to the authors of a study funded by the US department of defence. ( Guardian , Independent )

One in five new teachers due to start in the forthcoming school year are sub-standard, according to a survey of secondary school heads, commissioned by the Times Educational Supplement . ( Guardian , Independent, Times )

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