Scandal of cash for drug company papers
Scientists are accepting large sums of money from drug companies to put their names to articles that they have not written endorsing new medicines - a growing practice that some fear is putting scientific integrity in jeopardy. (Guardian)
Protest fears halt animal-research plan
Animal-rights activists were jubilant last night after fear of mass protests caused a local council to throw out Cambridge University's plan to build a new primate laboratory. In a decision that will send tremors through life sciences departments and biotech labs up and down the country, South Cambridgeshire district council rejected the university's application to build the facility at Girton. (Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph)
'PC' Smithsonian loses £26m gift
An American businesswoman has withdrawn a £26 million donation to the Smithsonian Institution, because of its "politically correct" attitude to history. Catherine Reynolds wanted a gallery that would commemorate individual achievement, but the Smithsonian, America's premier museum complex, wanted to concentrate on ethnic and social groups. (Daily Telegraph, Independent)
£70,000 'embezzled from Harvard club'
Two members of Harvard University's 207-year-old dramatic society have been accused of embezzling at least £70,000 from the group to fund parties and buy drugs. (Daily Telegraph)
Last farewell of Nobel scientist
Max Perutz, Nobel laureate and founder of Britain's most successful laboratory, died of cancer yesterday after writing farewell letters to the Queen, Lady Thatcher, the Pope and friends and colleagues. He was 87. He set up the Medical Research Council's laboratory of molecular biology in Cambridge, where nine Nobel laureates worked. (Daily Telegraph, Independent)
Phone radiation rings changes
Scientists have shown for the first time that microwaves typical of mobile phones can cause biological changes in living organisms. Research at the University of Nottingham has revealed that microscopic nematode worms become more fertile when they are exposed to the microwaves. (Times, Daily Telegraph)
Great student bar, shame about the lecturers...
Students have won the right to comment on the quality of the teaching at university. And they are to get an ombudsman for complaints. Is this a real shift of power on campus? (Independent)
Hush... babies hear in their sleep
Parents may wish to mind their language within earshot of slumbering babies after research showed that newborn babies can distinguish sounds while asleep. Sleep learning for adults has been difficult to prove, perhaps because it seems to good to be true. However, evidence that babies may be capable of it is published today in the journal Nature by Professor Marie Cheour, of the University of Turku in Finland, and colleagues. (Daily Telegraph)
Going downhill fast?
Weaving down ski slopes and schussing along pistes can make you ill, according to scientists who have discovered a new disorder: ski sickness. (Daily Telegraph, Times)