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November 14, 2005

EU could offer citizenship to top students from overseas
Foreign students completing doctorates in Europe could be offered citizenship in an effort to lure talent and capitalise on the lucrative international education market. José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, put the controversial suggestion to European Union leaders at last month's "globalisation" summit in London. Tony Blair, the British prime minister, is backing the idea as part of the liberal reform agenda ha has pushed during his EU presidency, which ends in December.
The Financial Times

Graduates staying in Scotland
Nearly 600 overseas graduates have been granted permission to live in Scotland for a further two years following the launch of a visa extension scheme in June, official figures revealed. The Working in Scotland scheme, open to non-European Union students, is a key plank of Jack McConnell’s Fresh Talent initiative aimed at boosting Scotland’s flagging population.
The Times

Students seek ties to group with terror links
Moves to twin Edinburgh University students with an association with links to terrorist group Hamas have sparked protest. Members of the Students Association voted this week to forge closer ties to Birzeit University in the Gaza Strip. But the move has prompted anger amongst some student groups, who have raised fears over the Birzeit Student Council's terrorist links.
The Scotsman

Embryo scientist quits team over ethics fear
A leading American researcher in embryology has ended a 20-month partnership with his South Korean counterparts, claiming they flouted ethical rules and then lied about their practices. Gerald Schatten, of the University of Pittsburgh, said he would no longer work with the cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk, following allegations that eggs were taken from a junior scientist in violation of rules meant to prevent coercion. Professor Hwang gained worldwide attention after announcing last year that his team at Seoul National University had cloned the world's first human embryos and extracted stem cells from them.
The Guardian

Great bustard egg project 'threat to Russian breeding'
Attempts to re-establish the great bustard in Britain are undermining the Russian population of the endangered species, the project's chief scientist says. Dr Patrick Osborne a conservation ecologist from the University of Southampton, says that eggs which could have hatched naturally in the wild have been removed from nests unlawfully. He is calling for the scheme to reintroduce the world's heaviest flying bird to be suspended. Dr Osborne, who wrote the project feasibility study and proposal to the Government, says taxpayers' money is being paid to Russian farmers to take eggs from viable nests, despite assurances that only abandoned eggs and those threatened by agriculture would be used.
The Daily Telegraph

So mother was right: wrap up warm to keep a cold at bay
Mothers and grandmothers the world over can feel vindicated today after their advice to “wrap up warm or you’ll catch a cold” was backed by scientific research. For years the theory that chilling the surface of the body, through wet clothes, feet and hair, can lead to illness has been dismissed as an old wives’ tale with no scientific basis. Now researchers from the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University appear to have shown that being chilly really can cause a cold to develop.
The Times

From the weekend's papers:

Saturday

  • Traditional Magdalen bridge-leaping may be banned in Oxford. The Times
  • Students hit losing streak gambling online. The Times

Sunday

  • Research on blood pressure test that could cut strokes. The Daily Telegraph
  • New research reveals a beer a day is healthy. The Daily Telegraph
  • Sauerkraut could fight bird flu, say scientists. The Daily Telegraph

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