Update: 12:30

November 26, 2002

Campaigners fight Cambridge animal test facility
Animal rights campaigners today staged a demonstration outside a public inquiry into a medical research centre. Cambridge University, which plans to use monkeys for testing at the multi-million pound laboratory in Girton, says the centre will enable scientists to carry out groundbreaking research into diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. South Cambridgeshire District Council rejected the plans for the laboratory after police raised concerns about public safety at the site. Science minister Lord Sainsbury has said that the project is of "national significance".

US universities face data protection dilemma
United States universities could face legal action if they obey an FBI request for information on overseas faculty and students, according to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The association warned universities that nonconsensual release of information on nationality and foreign contacts without a court order could lead to "significant legal consequences".

Scots tidal turbine developer awarded £158,000
Tidal energy expert Ian Bryden of the Robert Gordon University has won £158,000 from Scottish Enterprise's proof of concept fund to develop a turbine that could revolutionise the renewable energy industry. Professor Bryden hopes to harness Scotland's tidal energy through turbines that can be cheaply installed in shallow and deep water.

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