From today's UK papers

November 8, 2001

British youth 'most ignorant' about EU
Eurobarometer, the European Commission's polling arm, found that Britons aged 15-24 are more ignorant about, and have lower expectations of, the European Union than their peers in every other member state. ( Guardian )

Bulldozer unearths Roman mosaic
A spectacular 4th-century Roman mosaic has been unearthed by road builders in Somerset. David Miles, chief archaeologist with English Heritage, said it was the most important Roman find in Britain for 50 years. ( Daily Telegraph , Times , Guardian )

British scientists develop bomb-proof bin
A bomb-proof litter bin that could allow the return of bins to railway stations has been developed by British scientists. The domed bins convert energy from a blast into steam and can contain an explosion large enough to blow up a car, according to its designers. ( Times )

Homeopathy not just hokum
A chance discovery might provide scientific evidence that homeopathy is not just hokum. Homeopaths believe that the higher the dilution of a remedy, the more potent it becomes. Chemists at the Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea stumbled on this very effect when studying carbon molecules, finding that they cluster together to form larger clusters when diluted. ( Daily Telegraph , Times )

World 'to run out of water in 50 years'
The world will begin to run out of water by 2050 because of the expected population growth to 9.3 billion, the United Nations Population Fund said yesterday. ( Daily Telegraph )

Alzheimer's could be treated with painkillers
Painkillers such as ibuprofen, indomethacin and sulindac sulphide could be used to prevent and alleviate Alzheimers disease after research in the United States showed that the anti-inflammatory drugs reduce symptoms of the condition in mice. ( Times )

Golden wire that can repair itself
Scientists at the University of Delaware have created tiny self-repairing gold wires that could be used in the development of nanoelectronics. Their findings were published in the journal Science . ( Financial Times )

Measuring up small properties
Scientists at the University of Warwick have invented a microscope to test the qualities of the newgeneration of materials at the nanometre level. The microscope can measure an area of 100 micrometers of surface at one pass. ( Financial Times )


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