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July 20, 2001

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AS levels - a headache for universities

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How did the universe begin? Sir Martin Rees tackles one of science's eternal questions

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Which mattered more in the empire - race or rank? David Cannadine's Ornamentalism - his reply to Edward Said's Orientalism - reviewed

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Holiday jobs: our series starts with time spent in a US marine biology lab

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A novel introductory course on statistics leads to research on learning

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