From today's UK papers

September 5, 2001

Microbiologist Stephen Dealler writes that we may soon know the size of the variant CJD (human BSE) epidemic and how to treat it.
University of Surrey researchers say that people living in poor areas are concerned about their environment but dislike the language used by environmental campaigners.


Prime minister Tony Blair's plans for more specialist schools and commercial takeovers of state schools were rejected today in a white paper on education, published by the Welsh Assembly hours before the government's white paper on education in England.

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin have turned human embryonic stem cells into blood cells, an important step toward industrial production of blood.
Daily Telegraph
A £50-a-year drug combination cuts strokes by a quarter, a six-year international study has found. 
Kenneth Clarke has promised to cut education red tape if he is elected Conservative party leader next week.
Angina patients given gene therapy directly into their heart muscles were able to stop taking drugs for their pain, research at Huddinge University Hospital, Sweden, has found.


Education white paper (England)

Leading state schools will set up franchise operations. (Financial Times)
Plans for more specialist and privately run schools do not go far enough - Stephen Pollard. (Guardian)
"Elitism" would be to perpetuate the current system in which too many fail. (Times)

British Association for the Advancement of Science

The government's handling of the foot-and-mouth crisis has shown it failed to learn lessons from the £26m BSE inquiry, a senior scientist who was on the panel said yesterday. (Financial Times, Independent, Daily Telegraph)
People who have used mobile phones for two hours a day for ten years have a greatly increased risk of brain tumours. (Independent, Daily Telegraph, Times)
A new "green" explosive opens up the prospect of environmentally friendly war. (Independent)
TV advertisements of nostalgic childhood scenes could plant false memories. (Independent)
Video "mugshots" are a fairer way of picking out crime suspects than live identity parades. (Independent)
The true level of unemployment in the UK is masked by the huge numbers claiming sickness benefit. (Financial Times, Guardian)
Faint writing on Roman tablets unearthed near Hadrian's Wall has been deciphered by computer scanning. (Guardian, Times)
English is the hardest European language to learn. (Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Times)
Why has the British Association's science conference given Labour's years in government such a hard time and a bad press? (Guardian)

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