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January 4, 2007

Redbrick golfers elbow Oxbridge out of the boardroom
The average company director is likely to come from a redbrick university, be male and play golf, a survey has revealed. An study of 14,000 directors of publicly traded companies has shown that an Oxbridge degree is no longer a passport to success in business, with only 14 per cent of directors coming from the top two universities. The survey was conducted by The Business magazine, which carried out the survey.
The Daily Telegraph
Mobile firms sued in Bluetooth dispute
The Cambridge-based microchips company CSR, which is a world leader in Bluetooth mobile phone components, has been accused of violating the patent of a graduate student in Seattle for its wireless connections technology. A not-for-profit body, the Washington Research Foundation, has filed a lawsuit claiming that radio-tuning technology embedded in CSR's chips infringes a patent granted to Edwin Suominen, a University of Washington researcher.
The Guardian
British team on brink of cancer breakthrough
British scientists are on the verge of producing a drug that could revolutionise cancer treatment. The drug, which shuts down the rogue genes that cause cancer, is due to be tested on humans for the first time in the next few months. If successful, it will be used to stop the disease spreading to other parts of the body while also improving quality of life and life expectancy. The technique, known as RNA interference therapy, is still in its early stages of development, but it could one day be extended to treat other conditions ranging from asthma to Aids.
Daily Mail
Everest lab given £500,000
Mobile phone billionaire John Caudwell has donated £500,000 to a team of British doctors who plan to set up a medical laboratory on top of Mount Everest. The former head of Phones4u will give the money to 40 medics testing 200 volunteers to see how their bodies adapt to
low-oxygen conditions. It is hoped the findings of the Xtreme Everest experiment, which starts in March, could improve care for the critically ill.
The Express
Kuriculam Vitay's that spell trouble for jobseekers
Jobseekers are ruining their chances by submitting CVs riddled with poor spelling and bad grammar, research has revealed. Nearly half the recruitment agencies questioned said the majority of CVs they receive contain grammatical errors. For many jobseekers, the mistakes start before they have even begun to chronicle their careers and achievements. One job applicant wrote "Kuriculam Vitay", instead of "Curriculum Vitae", at the top of his CV, the study found.
Daily Mail

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