A record number of students started at university this month, undeterred by the prospect of leaving with large debts, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
The morning of terror in new York and Washington is likely to cost the global economy $350bn (£230bn) - or a full percentage point of growth - in 2001, the United Nations forecast last night.
The plan to tax graduates to fund degrees has been met with amazement - but it could work
Pregnant women have been warned to drink no more than four cups of coffee a day or risk having a miscarriage. The guidelines from the country's food standards watchdog came after scientific advice that more than 300mg a day of caffeine during pregnancy could be linked to miscarriage and low birth weight of babies.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School have discovered that a protein that controls the swimming power of sperm could form the basis of a contraceptive for both men and women. (Daily Telegraph, Financial Times: from the New Scientist)
So many people entered "Jedi Knight" on their census form that the Office of National Statistics has given the creed an official numerical code, denoting it as a religion within the "other" category. Over 10,000 people had to enter it to win acknowledgement. (Independent, Financial Times)