Today's news

September 2, 2002

Eighty per cent want rise in university funding
A significant percentage of voters wants the government to put more money into universities to match the planned expansion in higher education places, according to a survey for the Association of University Teachers. (The Guardian)

Blair to put nuclear power back on line
Tony Blair is edging towards a decision to back a new generation of nuclear power stations. Behind the government’s expected policy shift is David King, chief scientific adviser. Professor King believes the option needs to be revived if Britain is to combat global warming. (The Times)

Faulty gene identified
A faulty gene that causes babies to be born with a cleft lip or palate has been found by researchers at Manchester University. (The Guardian, The Times, The Independent)

Blunkett’s cannabis strategy flawed
Tiggey May, a senior research fellow at  South Bank University, will warn chief police officers that retaining the power of arrest for simple cannabis possession is a sideways step that could lead to confusion among officers when the drug is reclassified. (The Guardian)

Reading with a parent calms unruly children
Regular reading with a parent can significantly reduce antisocial behaviour among disruptive children who fight, steal and lie, researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry have observed. (The Times)

Salaries linked to class size
Children taught in smaller classes are likely to attend university and later earn high salaries, researchers at the Centre for Economic Policy Research have concluded. (The Times)

Research on Ecstasy risk is flawed
The public may be being misled over the dangers of the recreational drug Ecstasy, a team of scientists said yesterday. Jon Cole, reader in addictive behaviour at the University of Liverpool and co-author of the report in The Psychologist magazine, said: ‘We have no idea whether human users are using neurotoxic doses of MDMA.’ (The Guardian, The Times, The Independent)

Swift treatment will curb angina
Incidence of angina, the severe pain suffered by people with heart disease, could be halved by quicker treatment, a research team led by Keith Fox of the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh has found. (The Guardian, The Times)

Monkey business
New research on tool-using monkeys has revealed that they have a surprising awareness of body image. (The Independent)   

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