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January 5, 2006

Ethics code seeks to regulate science
A proposed ethical code for scientists would help junior staff blow the whistle on unethical behaviour and also help promote the subject in schools, the Royal Society said today. The code has been drawn up by the Government's chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, with a small working group, following a meeting of science ministers and advisers from G8 countries last year.
The Guardian

US college summit to tackle drop in foreign students
American university presidents are to meet with state officials in Washington today to discuss how colleges in the US can attract more overseas students and strengthen the provision of non-traditional languages. The summit on international education, which will run until Friday, is expected to be attended by the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, the Education Secretary, Margaret Spellings, and representatives from public and private universities and community colleges from across the US, along with the heads of higher education associations and federal science and humanities bodies.
The Guardian

Directors show favour to graduate recruits
Company directors value university degrees as a good preparation for management, and are far more likely to be graduates themselves than other workers. The Institute of Directors, in a survey of its members, found that 61 per cent believed a degree or a management qualification helped to make people better owners, managers or directors of businesses, with only a third disagreeing.
Financial Times

Safety case fine
Salford University was fined £70,000 after admitting safety failings over an accident that left one of its porters on life-support for weeks.
The Times

Scientists discover clue to growing new breast tissue
A fully functional breast has been grown from a stem cell found in female mice, in a study that promises insights into recurring breast tumours and a fresh approach to plastic surgery. The research in Australia suggests that breast cancers may be triggered by rogue mammary stem cells that are difficult to kill with standard chemotherapy, and that later "reseed" the breast with tumour cells once a patient appears to be in remission.
The Times , The Guardian , Daily Telegraph

Climate change will be bad for your health
Britain should be prepared for an increase in food poisoning and upset stomachs as a result of climate change, a meeting will be told today. Global warming could also create conditions favourable for a return of malaria to the UK, where it was once endemic in Kent, although the disease was unlikely to gain a foothold, said Professor Paul Hunter of the University of East Anglia.
Daily Telegraph

The lion, the witch, and the wardrobes
In what has been dubbed "the war of the wardrobes" two rival Christian colleges in the US have claimed ownership of the armoire that inspired Lewis's bestselling Narnia books. The wardrobes were both purchased in the mid-1970s, following the sale of the late author's Oxfordshire home. One resides at Wheaton College, Illinois, while the other is the property of Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts establishment in Santa Barbara, California.
The Guardian



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