Update: 12:30

November 7, 2002

Oxford University plugs for green energy
Oxford University is to become the biggest 100 per cent buyer of "green" elecricity in the UK and the third largest in Europe. A consortium of the colleges and university departments has signed a two-year contract with Scottish & Southern Energy for hydroelectricity generated in Scotland, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 50,000 tonnes a year.

St Andrews professor publishes essays on Bob Dylan
Neil Corcoran of St Andrews University's English department has edited a book of 14 specially commissioned essays on Bob Dylan, published today. It suggests Dylan’s apparent anti-intellectualism belongs to an American intellectual tradition including Emerson, Whitman and Ginsberg. "Leonard Cohen rightly called Bob Dylan the 'Picasso of song'," says Professor Corcoran.

Important Roman remains found in Suffolk
Roman remains have been found at an important historic site in Suffolk. A chalk floor that once supported a Roman farmhouse has been discovered by archaeologists close to RAF Lakenheath. The find confirms there was once a large Roman settlement of farms and a central villa where the airbase now stands.

Pop star promotes IT among teenage girls
Pop heart-throb Gareth Gates and other stars are trying to boost the appeal of information technology among teenage girls. ITbeat, an initiative backed by e-skills UK supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, IBM, the Science Museum and the British Phonographic Industry is being launched at Kensington Roof Gardens in west London with a competition for girls to design a website for their favourite pop star.

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