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August 14, 2002

Scottish exam fiasco to be cleard up in 24 hours
The latest Scottish exam results fiasco is expected to be cleared up within the next 24 hours, Scotland's education minister claimed today. Cathy Jamieson said she wanted the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service to sort it out before A-level results come out in England tomorrow.

Muir Russell appointed as next Glasgow principal
Glasgow University has appointed Sir Muir Russell, Scotland's top civil servant, as its next principal. He will succeed Sir Graeme Davies in September 2003. Sir Muir has been permanent secretary to the Scottish Executive since devolution in 1999, and was previously permanent undersecretary of state at the Scottish Office.

The long and the short of marriage and kids
Tall men and short women are the most successful at attracting partners and having children, researchers said today. Scientists at the Open University based their finding on an analysis of data from 10,000 men and women born in Britain in one week in March 1958. They found that the taller the men were, the less likely they were to be unmarried or childless 42 years later in 2000. For women, however, the opposite was true. It was shorter than average women who appeared to be best at finding partners.

Dawkins delivers Thought for the Day
Oxford University professor Richard Dawkins has become the first atheist to deliver a Thought for the Day on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. Richard Dawkins, professor for the public understanding of science, used his two-and-a-half minute slot to argue that science gave a better explanation of the wonders of life than religion.

Public research urged to be bolder commercially
Government-backed research bodies should take a bolder approach to commercial ventures and accept the risk of failure, MPs urged today. In a report on the commercialisation of public sector science, the Commons public accounts committee said the 83 public sector research establishments should maximise the commercial potential of their work, provided that that did not undermine their core functions and the safe guardianship of public funds.

Princetown official asked to resign post
The Princeton University official who wrongly accessed rival Yale University's confidential website for applicants has been required to resign his post but will remain employed by the university, university president Shirley Tilghman announced. Stephen LeMenager wanted to test the security of Yale's site because Princeton was contemplating a similar service for applicants, an independent inquiry concluded. An inquiry by the US attorney's office in Connecticut into any criminal offences is continuing.

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