April 9, 2003

Anti-war demo at royal opening of Ulster learning centre
Anti-war protesters demonstrated as the Princess Royal opened a new learning resource centre at the University of Ulster in Londonderry today. Just over a dozen people waving banners and blowing whistles gathered outside the gates of the Magee campus.

Edinburgh Museum displays dead Dolly
The preserved remains of Dolly the sheep, the world's first mammal cloned from an adult cell, have gone on display in Edinburgh's Royal Museum. Dolly has been pickled and mounted on a straw-covered plinth. Ian Wilmot, who led the Roslin Institute team that cloned her, said that his pride at seeing her on display was tinged with sadness at her death from a lung tumour.

Expert predicts rapid climate change
Climate change will speed up and could lead to unprecedented change in the Earth's weather systems over the coming years, scientist Mike Hulme told an international conference at the University of East Anglia today.

70% of Britons support human embryo research
Seven out of ten people in Britain support the use of human embryos for medical research into serious diseases and fertility. A poll of 2,001 adults was conducted by Mori and commissioned by a coalition of organisations with an interest in stem-cell research.

Brighton and Hove get adult learning fund
A new fund set up to encourage adult learning in Brighton and Hove is being launched. The city council has set aside £75,000 to support local non-profit groups who work to help adults learn new skills, such as IT and computer skills.

US lecturer keeps job despite anti-war comment
A Columbia University anthropology lecturer who called for "a million Mogadishus" in a public attack on the military campaign in Iraq is to keep his job despite demands for his dismissal from 104 Republican congressmen. University president Lee Bollinger condemned assistant professor Nicholas DeGenova's statements, but said disciplinary action would be "inappropriate" under the principle of academic freedom.

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