From today's UK papers

November 15, 2001

Graduates suffer jobs freeze
Job offers have been withdrawn and vacancies cut. Newly hired graduates are being paid to do nothing. Employers may be downplaying it, but 11 September has caused serious problems. (Independent) 

Brighter pupils could skip GCSE exams
Bright students could avoid taking GCSEs in some subjects and go straight to AS-level exams, the school standards minister Stephen Timms said yesterday. (Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Times, Financial Times, Daily Mail)

Vote allows EU to fund stem cell research

The European Union should be allowed to fund research into the use of human stem cells, but money should not go towards human cloning for reproductive purposes or the creation of embryos for research, the European Parliament said yesterday. (Financial Times)

Why women cope best with stress
Young women are more able to cope with pressure than young men, according to scientists. Researchers at the University of Düsseldorf believe oestrogen acts as an anti-stress hormone. (Daily Mail)   

Scientists crack Brazil nut riddle
Scientists believe they are close to discovering why the big bits find their way to the top of every packet of muesli. Researchers at the University of Chicago studying the so-called 'Brazil nut effect', believe a particle's density and its interaction with the air surrounding it are crucial to the effect. (The Times, Independent, Daily Telegraph)

Cervical cancer deaths cut
Paul Symonds, clinical oncologist at the University of Leicester, told the Cervical Cancer Conference in London that death rates had been cut by more than a third by treating women with cervical cancer with a "double whammy" of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. (The Times)

Trial of cervical cancer vaccine proves positive
A vaccine against cervical cancer could be available within five years and may eventually lead to an eradication of the disease in Britain, following trials by the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. (Independent)

'Wide support' for genetic diagnosis
Couples at risk of having a baby with a serious genetic disorder should be allowed to use procedures that select healthy embryos, the authority that regulates fertility clinics said yesterday. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said a two-year study had found that people approve of limited use of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis but are worried about its wider implications. (Daily Telegraph)

Ovarian cancer up by 20 per cent
Cases of ovarian cancer have risen significantly across the UK since the 1980s, specialists at the British Gynaecological Cancer Society were told yesterday. Changes in the way women live, including having fewer children, and having them later may account for the increase. (Daily Telegraph)

Shakespeare's in danger: act now to avoid a great tragedy
England's greatest playwright bores today's children, and his work needs translating into modern English. But, teachers love to stage the Bard as he is. (Independent)

Should Audi acquaintance be forgot
A new award for design and technology students aims to keep talent within the industry, writes Roger Trapp. Audi has sponsored a Young Designer of the Year Award, the prize includes a placement at Audi's prestigious design centres, a paid work placement, and an annual bursary while at university. (Independent) 

Expect light showers
The space shuttle is being grounded this Sunday, and the Hubble Space Telescope will be steered to look away for the return of the Leonid meteorites. The Leonid meteor shower approaches Earth every 17-18 November, but every 33 years there is heightened activity. There are high hopes for a celestial light show, and also hopes that no satellites will be damaged; in 1993 the European Space Agency lost satellites worth $250 million because of a meteorite shower. (Guardian)

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