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November 30, 2004

Small business links beat US
Small businesses in the UK are twice as likely to collaborate with universities as their counterparts in the US, research by Cambridge University and MIT suggests. But US companies get more out of the relationship because they have a longer tradition applying academic thought commercially.
Financial Times

Kroto returns honorary degree
Sir Harry Kroto has returned his honorary degree to Exeter University in protest at the planned closure of its chemistry department.

Science to loom large in pre-Budget statement
Gordon Brown believes his efforts in science and innovation have not been appreciated and will highlight his record in his statement to the Commons on Thursday.
Financial Times

New crisis for university science
University science teaching faces a new crisis, with chemistry under the greatest threat, because of a change in the Higher Education Funding Council for England funding formula
Financial Times

Dairy foods linked to cancer
A study by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden suggests that women who eat more than four portions of dairy products a day have twice the incidence of the most serious form of ovarian cancer.
The Times

Expert witnesses controls needed
Graham Zellick, chair of the Criminal Cases Review Commission called for an inquiry into the payment of expert witnesses to avoid future miscarriages of justice.
The Times

TV comic in Cambridge architecture protest
Gryff Rhys Jones, whose son George is an architecture student at the threatened Cambridge architecture department, joined 1000 students in a protest demonstration. The Times , Daily Telegraph , Guardian

"Hobbit" archaeologist locks out researchers
Teuku Jacob, of Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, who challenges claims that Homo floresiensis is a separate species, has restricted scientists’ access to the specimen’s skull and skeleton.

Wal-Mart heiress in cheating row
Elizabeth Paige Laurie, an heiress to the Wal-Mart fortunes, faces loss of her communications degree after allegations that she cheated during her time at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Her name has been removed from a university sports arena partially funded by a $25 million donation by her parents who were upset by the row.

Gibson’s RAE remedy
Ian Gibson outlines his plans for replacing the Research Assessment Exercise

Change of Underwear
Julie King, head of fashion at De Montfort University, interviewed on the world’s only course in contour fashion

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