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March 26, 2002

Oxford broke exam rules, race case told
Oxford University held examinations in a way that broke its own rules, it was claimed yesterday in a case in which the university is accused of racism towards one of its students. (Guardian)

Oxford rejects 'cash for places' inquiry
Oxford University yesterday tried to draw a line under the "cash for places" scandal, resisting calls for a university-wide investigation to allay fears that the children of benefactors were receiving preferential treatment. (Telegraph)

Europe's Galileo navigation system puts US on the spot
The £2.1 billion Galileo satellite navigation system will be approved by European transport ministers today despite American security fears and critics’ claims that the prestige project will prove the space-bound equivalent of London’s Millennium Dome. (Times)
Mediation talks collapse in Law Society dispute
The dispute between the Law Society and its former vice-president, Kamlesh Bahl, flared up yesterday with the collapse of mediation talks and allegations of conflicts of interest. (Times)

Prozac: 'link' to brain tumours
Scientists have discovered that Prozac, the antidepressant taken by millions of people around the world, may stimulate the growth of brain tumours by blocking the body's natural ability to kill cancer cells. (Independent)

Scientists unlock the secrets of Antarctica
The final gap in the atlas of the world has been filled in by Nasa scientists with the completion of the first detailed map of Antarctica. (Times)
Europe claims place for .eu in cyberspace
European integration moved into cyberspace yesterday, challenging national pride by enabling citizens and businesses to have .eu websites. (Guardian)

Poison legacy from the grave
Researchers from the British Geological Survey are delving into the ground near cemeteries to see whether bacteria from decaying corpses could percolate into the water table. (Times)

£3m fight to kill pond invader
A multimillion pound war is being fought by nature conservationists against an Australian invader introduced to Britain by enthusiastic gardeners and now smothering native plants. (Guardian)

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