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May 22, 2002

Science graduates 'too poor to carry on research'
Thirty leading British scientists, including four Nobel laureates, are calling on the government to halt the "brain drain" of bright young science graduates who are too deeply in debt to further academic research.
(Daily Telegraph)

Cornwall's first university hopes to plug brain drain
Cornwall is the location for Britain's first new university for two decades. The new £40 million, grassed roofed campus, the first higher education institution in Cornwall, should open in 2004. The university aims to encourage Cornish people to study in their own county.

Bankrupt historian may lose home
Controversial historian David Irving faces losing his £750,000 London home after failing to stave off a bankruptcy order in the High Court yesterday. Mr Irving was made bankrupt after losing a libel action against Penguin Books over the claim that he was a "Holocaust denier".
(Independent, Guardian, Times)

Body of kidnapped Lebanese found in car boot
The body of right-wing Christian Ramzi Irani, Lebanese University representative of the Student Committee of the Lebanese Forces, was found in the boot of his own car in Beirut yesterday, two weeks after his disappearance.

Students risk Aids and unwanted pregnancy
University students are ignoring health warnings and exposing themselves to Aids and unwanted pregnancy, according to a study by City University in London.
(Daily Mirror)

Lecturer criticises move to include US in Booker prize
Renaissance studies lecturer and chair of the Booker prize judging panel Lisa Jardine said a move to include US authors was a betrayal of British culture and heritage.
(Guardian, Times)

Babies at risk if later births are natural
Allowing women who have had a Caesarean to undergo a "trial of labour" in an attempt to deliver a later baby could put the child at serious risk, according to a study by Cambridge University.
(Daily Mail, Journal of the American Medical Association, Guardian)

Archaeologists find first British cross-dresser
Archaeologists have found the skeleton of what could be Britain’s first known transvestite in North Yorkshire. The 1,700-year-old remains, were of a eunuch who had castrated himself in honour of an eastern goddess and wore female clothes. He was found with two stones in his mouth, believed to represent his lost testicles.
(Daily Mail, Independent, Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror)

Breastfeeding can reduce cot deaths
Breastfeeding may protect infants against cot death, according to research by paediatricians in Sweden published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
(Independent, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror)

Passive smoking risk to women
Women may be more vulnerable to passive smoking than men according to a study by researchers at the University of California.
(Daily Telegraph)


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