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Science in the News - Wednesday 10 October 2007

It is reported that RWE Npower said yesterday that it would build the first carbon-capturing plant at a coal-fired power station in the UK
The Financial Times, p11, 1 col
The shipping industry is churning out twice as many greenhouse gases as aviation, the International Maritime Organisation has warned.
The Independent, p6, 1 1/2 cols

Butterflies are to be used as a marker for the health of Scotland's environment, the Scottish executive has announced.
The Independent, p12-13, 1 col

Al Gore is reportedly in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize, and could yet run for president with a manifesto of pledges to tackle climate change.
The Independent, p30, 1 1/2 cols

Natural England will meet to discuss a proposal to sacrifice green belt land to develop eco-friendly homes.
The Daily Telegraph, p13, 1/4 col
The Guardian, p4, 2/3p

In his Autumn Budget, Alistair Darling has announced that aircraft rather than passengers will incur an environmental levy to encourage the aviation industry to reduce carbon emissions.
The Times, p6-7, 1/4p
The Guardian, Pre-Budget report section, p1, 1/2 col

An extra £200 million is to be spent over the next three years to improve flood defences (Budget).
The Times, p14, 1/3 col

Environmental groups have reportedly expressed "huge disappointment" with the pre-budget report, which they said offered almost nothing new in the fight against climate change.
The Guardian, Pre-Budget report section, p8, 2/3 col

Britain is to push ahead with reforms to the carbon emissions trading system, Alistair Darling said.
The Guardian, Pre-Budget report section, p8, 2/3 col

Carbon dioxide emissions from cars could be cut by almost a third within a decade, according to the King review, commissioned by the Government as a follow-up to the Stern review.
The Times, p7, 2/3 col

A list of the 15 marine areas most in need of protection around the coast of Britain has been compiled by the Wildlife Trusts.
The Times, p32, 2/3p

Article on how "business schools are doing their bit to save the planet".
The Times, MBA Focus Report, p3, 2/3p

History of Science
Further coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Windscale fire.
The Guardian, Society section, p8, 2/3p

Medical Research
The budget of the Medical Research Council will increase 28.5 per cent between 2007-08 and 2010-11, as part of efforts to turn basic discoveries into new treatments, it has been announced. Sir Michael Rutter FRS, vice-president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: "This substantial increase in funding will position the UK as a world leader in basic medical science and clinical research."
The Times, p10, 1 col

Highlights of the Chancellor's statement include: a rise in the education budget, with particular funding for primary schools; green taxes will be levied per flight rather than per passenger; tax breaks for energy efficient vehicles.
Independent supplement, 16p
The Daily Telegraph, p4-5
The Financial Times, p2, brief, p6, 3/4 col

The Nobel prize for physics has been won by Albert Fert of Université Paris-Sud and Peter Grünberg of Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany for a discovery in nanotechnology that has led to the miniaturisation of hard disks in lap top computers and music players.
The Financial Times, p1, brief, p16, 1 col
The Daily Telegraph, p12, brief
The Times, p26, 1/3p
The Guardian, p13, 1/2 col

Public Health
Research at Exeter and Brunel universities has shown that walking alone is insufficient to maximise chances of a long and healthy life. In Preventive Medicine the scientists recommend that vigorous exercise should be included in advice to help people stay fit.
The Independent, p15, 1 col
The Daily Telegraph, p10, 1/2 col
Daily Mail, p29, 1 col
The Times, p27, 1/3 col

The International Menopause Society has warned that many women are suffering needlessly because of health scares about HRT.
The Daily Telegraph, p10, 2/3 col
Daily Mail, p27, 1 col

Science and the Public
Sense About Science, the charity which promotes better public understanding of science, will today challenge some of the claims made in the marketing of food products. In a report highlighting the use of loosely-worded scientific-sounding language, they call for 11 companies to justify their selling techniques. Sir Paul Nurse FRS has applauded the report and Sense About Science's role in "unmasking the empty pseudo-science" of the manufacturers' claims.
The Guardian, p13, 3/4p

Science Coverage
A study from the University of Oregon in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims to provide evidence that meditation cuts stress.
The Independent, p20-21
Daily Mail, p3, 1/2 col

Nasa is developing a new generation of space suits ahead of an anticipated return to the Moon by 2020.
The Independent, p31, 1 1/2 col

In Montana, a fossil hunter has discovered what is believed to be a footprint left 67 million years ago by a Tyrannosaurus rex. If confirmed it will be the only known T. rex print.
The Times, p27, brief
The Guardian, p4, 1/3 col
The Daily Telegraph, p13, 1/2 col

Biologists at Imperial College London have found a new species of toadstool on their campus at Silwood Park, Berkshire.
The Times, p4, brief

In experiments using mice, scientists in Minnesota claim to have succeeded in repairing the nerve damage that causes multiple sclerosis.
The Times, p21, brief
Daily Mail, p32, 2/3 col

Opinion piece by John Kay, on how science is the pursuit of truth, not consensus. Mention of the Royal Society.
The Financial Times, p19, 1 col

Scientific Ethics
"We have a moral and ethical duty to improve the human race by biologically enhancing our children", argues philosopher John Harris, whose new book, 'Enhancing Evolution', is published by Princeton University Press.
The Times, T2 section, p4-5, 2p

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