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News stand - What the papers say

A verdict in the trial of 16 people charged in connection with the 2000 Kaprun train fire which killed 155 people has been delayed until next year.

An illegally installed heater is said to have caused the blaze.

Extra public transport improvements must be made before congestion charging is introduced in Edinburgh. City councillors agreed to a referendum on the scheme. The move means councillors want details of the project re-thought.The weekday scheme comprised a charge to drive into the city centre between 7am and 6:30pm. A second cordon inside the city bypass was to operate between 7am and 10am and between 4pm and 6:30pm.

An accounts report by Cambridge University has said that it does not have the resources to finance £500M of work on buildings. Plunged into record debt, the University may now require students to pay an extra £4,000 each per year.

Crops and livestock are dying on Australia's drought-stricken farms but business leaders and scientists disagree over the best way to combat the devastation. One idea was a revival of the 'Bradford' scheme, to redirect rivers that flow to Australia's north-east coast.

Some scientists recommend setting up a 'water bank' allowing the trade of water, and licensed brokers to manage it. Overall, the droughts are expected to cost billions of dollars in lost farm output.

The outcome of an investigation into allegations of bribery involving Colin Skellett, chairman and chief executive of Wessex Water, could be delayed by several months as police extend their inquiries to Malaysia. Skellett was arrested last August on suspicion of receiving an illegal £919,000 payment from YTL Power of Malaysia which bought Wessex for £1.2bn last May.

A new invention could revolutionise bicycle storage. The Bike Chain, described by its inventor as a 'bike shed in the air', is designed to maximise unused wall space in inner-city areas. It consists of a cycle rack mounted on a wall up to 6m above the ground. The rack is equipped with poles and special clips that drop to the ground so cyclists can attach a bike. The bike is raised up where it is stored until the owner wants it back. The invention is aimed at 650,000 London cyclists who often have limited space to store their bikes.

A 30m high sculpture at a busy junction on the M62 in Cheshire is the first known art work designed to hide a mobile phone mast. It reflects a new trend of combining industry and art. Last week mobile phone operators disclosed the presence of hundreds of antennas in Shell petrol stations and McDonald's restaurants.

A new generation of light bulbs are now being tested in traffic lights and designer homes. The new light emitting diodes (LEDs) burn for 100,000 hours - 100 times longer than any domestic light bulb. Light manufacturers world-wide are now spending millions of dollars on research and development to prepare the technology for domestic use.

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