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February 3, 2005

Would-be lawyers flop in essay test
Poor essay writing skills let down some of the brightest students in the country applying to study law. The first results of the new National Admissions Test for Law introduced by eight universities this year show the lowest scores were for the essay part of the paper. Admission tutors will today urge schools and colleges to concentrate more on writing as the results for 4,345 candidates are published.
Daily Telegraph

Rewards are worth the work
It pays to take an MBA, maybe not as much as it did back in the heady days of the dotcom era, but enough to make it worth the investment. In 1999 MBA graduates took home a basic salary of £74,000 plus bonuses. In 2004 alumni earn an average basic salary of £66,500 plus £19,200 in bonuses, according to the Association of MBAs’ career survey.
The Times, The Guardian 

Science graduates get richer quicker
Young people heading for university should opt for sciences rather than arts if they want to increase their earning power, a study has found. Chemistry and physics graduates earn around £187,000 more during their working lives than those with only A levels. The gap is twice as much for those with degrees in history and English.
Daily Mail

Patten's university challenge
Oxford's new chancellor has appointed himself higher education's champion. Chris Patten on how he will lead the fight for increased funding.
Independent

Global warming: scientists reveal timetable
A detailed timetable of the destruction and distress that global warming is likely to cause the world was unveiled yesterday. It pulls together for the first time the projected impacts on ecosystems and wildlife, food production, water resources and economies across the earth, for given rises in global temperature expected during the next hundred years.
Independent

A bowl of Thai curry could help fight cancer
Scientists seeking a cure for cancer revealed yesterday that a bowl of Thai curry has the potential to provide what is regarded as the Holy Grail of medicine. Galangal - a plant root similar to ginger - is an ingredient in most Thai dishes and it has now been proved that an extract of the plant can both kill cancer cells and protect healthy ones from the disease.
The Scotsman

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