Volume 96, Issue 64
Thursday January 23, 2003

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LAST UPDATED: Thursday January 23, 2002 - 1:45 p.m.

Double cohort tally:
Universities short by 10,000

Preliminary figures on the number of university applications were released yesterday, and the results are staggering.

As of Jan. 15, 515,983 applications were received at the Ontario Universities Application Centre, representing an 84.3 per cent increase over the previous year.

War on drugs a failure
Study endorses policy of harm prevention

A scathing report regarding Canada's official policy on the treatment of drug problems and its drug enforcement policies was recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Analyses conducted by the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention suggest that a maximum of five per cent of the global illegal drug flow is seized by law enforcement agencies, the study explained.

Cigarettes good for the brain?
Still cause plethora of deadly cancer

It turns out that smoking may actually be beneficial for you in your old age – that is if the lung cancer and heart disease don't kill you first.

Researchers from the University of Manitoba recently released a study in the journal Neurochemical Research, which suggests that large doses of nicotine may help to protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease.

London's face becoming increasingly multicultural

It's great to be Canadian, eh?

According to the 2001 census by Statistics Canada, there has been an increase in the amount of people who consider their ethnic background to be Canadian. There is also an increase in visible ethnic minorities here in London, the census finds.

"Not everyone gets to say they found moons": moon-finder

Astronomers' recent discovery of three new moons orbiting Neptune has been partially credited to two students at McMaster University.

They are the first moons to be discovered orbiting Neptune since the Voyager II mission in 1989, but went undetected at the time because they are faint and at a great distance from the planet.

Caught in the web: An apology to all women: you deserve better

Some guys are stupid. Surely some are not, but recent events have led me to believe that I cannot say that about enough of us.

In the past, I have used this column space to rant about the how stupid George Dubya is, but today I am trying to reach a much larger group.


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