Surrogate couples make better parents
The first scientific study of surrogacy suggests not only that surrogate mothers have no problem handing over babies but that the families who receive the child are more likely to make better parents, according to researchers at City University in London.
(Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Mail, Independent)
Single women opt for donated sperm
Single women are opting to have babies from donated sperm because they fear they will not find a partner in time to have a child, researchers at City University have found.
Welsh are the true Britons
Anglo-Saxons killed most of the Celts who originally occupied England and drove the rest into Wales. The result, researchers at University College London have discovered, is that the English and Welsh have absolutely nothing in common genetically.
(Times, Independent, Mail, Telegraph)
UK passes euro tests, says study
Britain has already passed the chancellor's five economic tests for entry into the euro, according to an Economic and Social Research Council-funded study led by Professor Iain Begg.
International court opens under shadow of US veto
The International Criminal Court opens for business today in the teeth of implacable opposition from the US. But July 1 is being hailed by European leaders as the most important date in recent human rights history.
(Telegraph, Financial Times)
Staff quit in protest at colleague's affairs with students
Two leading staff members at the Royal Northern College of Music have quit in protest over a colleague who has admitted having affairs with at least six of his pupils.
Surgeons 'deliver grim news badly'
A quarter of surgeons are brusque, unsympathetic or impatient when they break bad news to patients, a study conducted by Mandy Barnett of Warwick University has found.
Butterflies make winter appearance
Butterflies are appearing nearly a month earlier on average than in the 1940s, a clear signal of climate change. The study, by independent entomologist John Burton and Tim Sparks of the Natural Environment Research Council, is published in British Wildlife magazine.
Farmers may plant crops for car parts
Farmers could grow the raw material for car parts under an innovative plan from Warwick University academics, who will today seek the support of Margaret Beckett, the agriculture minister.
Galbraith says companies too complex to control
Modern corporations are so complex that their operations are beyond the control of the shareholders who own them, argues veteran economist John Kenneth Galbraith.
Measles cases soar as parents shun MMR
The incidence of measles cases quadrupled in the first three months of this year as vaccination rates slumped amid public alarm over the saftey of the MMR jab, figures from the Public Health Laboratory Service have shown.
Commissioner to tackle capital's schools
London is set to get its own New York-style commissioner for schools and the man tipped for the job is Professor Tim Brighouse, who is credited with turning around Birmingham's schools.
Kent grammars underperform, says top academic
Grammar schools in Kent are underperforming compared with others in the rest of the cournty, according to a report by David Jesson of the University of York. His findings are likely to fuel the campaign to abolish selection.
Space found for Planets
A massive stone sculpture was moved into position outside the British Library yesterday, a mere 15 years late. The sculptor, Antony Gormley, wryly described his work, Planets, as 'maturing nicely'.
Movie mogul graduates
Film director Steven Spielberg explains why he went back to college 33 years after he dropped out of his first degree.
Learning the hard way
Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania is putting its students through a gruelling leadership course: military boot camp.