From today's UK papers

September 6, 2001

The Guardian

Labour needs to spell out its commitment to public control of public services, writes higher education minister Margaret Hodge.

The high use of paracetamol in the UK and other English-speaking countries may be responsible for a surge in asthma and other respiratory illness, say researchers at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

The Independent
 
Profile of Sir Alan Langlands who, after seven years in charge of the National Health Service, left to run the University of Dundee.

The Times
 
By finding a way to stop polycarbonate glazing going opaque, a work-experience undergraduate on a summer placement has solved a problem that had baffled scientists for 30 years.

This year's graduates "are set to be the most ambitious, demanding and confident graduates of their generation", says the UK Graduate Survey 2001, commissioned by The Times.

Intelligent robots could transform brain surgery.

Miscellany

Education white paper

Private sector says reforms fall short of opening significant new markets. (Financial Times)
Councils will be forced to bring in private companies to turn around failing schools. (Guardian) 
Anger at plans to increase privatisation of schools. (Independent)
Secondary education is failing tens of thousands of pupils, the government has admitted. (Daily Telegraph)
Critics argue that the government's proposals fall short of the radical reforms promised at the general election. (Times)

British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting

Normal babies born to deaf parents begin to babble with their hands. (Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Times)
Global warming could destroy coral reefs within 30 to 50 years . (Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Times)
"No scientific case" for culling the UK's seals. (Independent)
Even rats have culture. (Financial Times, Independent, Daily Telegraph)
Psychologists seek world's funniest joke. (Daily Telegraph)
Green glow could reveal tumours. (Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Times)
Men who attack their partners idolise their mothers. (Guardian, Daily Telegraph)

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