No. 4440 Thursday 5 June 1997 Vol. 127

Top scientists urge better science communication : Four of the University's most eminent scientists spoke with one voice when they urged colleagues throughout the scientific community at Oxford to join them in their crusade to increase the public understanding of science.

Magdalen wins University Challenge : Magdalen College triumphed in the 1997 final of University Challenge, presented by Jeremy Paxman, on BBC2 on Wednesday, after a nail-biting finish in which Magdalen scored 250 and Open University 195.

New protein technology breakthrough : Oxford scientists will be the first to use advanced new `Proteograph' technology, which will produce and analyse graphic displays of protein changes, to study common diseases such as arthritis and immune disorders.

Japan expert to take P & O chair : Dr Mari Sako, Reader in Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 1994, has been appointed as the first Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Professor of Management Studies (International Business), with effect from 1 October 1997.

Blazing a trail of primordial dust : Comets played a role in the origins of life on Earth and might equally bring about its end.

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