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February 7, 2005

Smith & Nephew explores stem cell bone repair
The UK's largest medical device firm, Smith & Nephew, has begun a research programme into using stem cells to help to repair muscle and bone damage. It is one of the first significant moves into the area by a large company that has the resources to develop the technology commercially.
The Guardian

Global warming the key to life on Mars
US scientists have thought up a new way to create a second home - by warming up the atmosphere of Mars. Mars - which used to be warm and wet - has an atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide. But because the red planet's atmosphere is so thin, the planet is now freezing cold.
The Guardian

Career leg-up or waste of money?
Is an MBA really worth it? Kate Lovell investigates the conundrum of the MBA, Alan Trotter suggests how the £45,000 course fees might be better spent.
The Guardian

The whole world is in your hands
Psychologists revealed yesterday that right-handed and left-handed people use different parts of the brain to see the world. Studies carried out at the University of Birmingham showed the two groups used opposite areas to look at the same image and its detail.
The Scotsman

Paved with poetry
The streets of Notting Hill Gate, the west London suburb that has become one of the most fashionable and expensive postal districts, are not yet paved with gold. But they will soon be paved with literature. Seven writers who live in the area, including Sebastian Faulks, the author of Birdsong, P D James, the detective writer, the novelist Margaret Drabble and her husband, the biographer Michael Holroyd, are to have short verses or phrases they have written about the area cast on coal-hole covers that will be set into the pavements.
Daily Telegraph

Obituary: Ernst Mayr
Veteran biologist who synthesised Darwin's theory of evolution and Mendel's theory of heredity.
The Times

From the weekend's papers:

Saturday

  • Students at Prince William’s university withdrew their invitation to the leader of the British National Party to speak at a debate, after a storm of protest. The Scotsman, Times
  • A mumps epidemic could be about to sweep the nation following a 700 percent rise in cases in 12 months. Daily Express, Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph
  • The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies is being accused of censorship after attempting to ban a senior Israeli embassy official from taking part in a debate later this month. The Guardian
  • Nick Kettles on how to manage the cost of postgraduate study. The Observer

Sunday

  • Bright sixth-formers should start studying for university degrees while still at school, ministers will say in a White Paper later this month. Independent

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