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What the papers say

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The Times

Scientists in Japan have come up with the ultimate miniaturisation - the mini nuclear reactor. Ideal for blocks of flats, the 8m by 2m reactor uses technology originally intended for colonies on the moon.

More than 40,000 people are to be evacuated from Botolan, 50km from the Philippine capital of Manila, to allow engineers to drain a swollen lake in the crater of the Pinatubo volcano.

The Sunday Times

Regulatory hurdles have put a damper on the £2.4bn merger of RWE, the German utility that owns Thames Water, and American Water Works, one of RWE's rivals.

Financial Times

Wimbledon Football Club has asked the Football League to reconsider a decision to refuse permission for it to move to Milton Keynes.

The Independent

Thousands of commuters using the Erskine Bridge, one of Scotland's four toll bridges, received a rare bonus after a legal blunder by the Scottish Executive meant the crossing was free for the first time in 30 years.

Birmingham has emerged as the front runner for the new home of England's international football events following a report to MPs showing it could be cheaper to build in the Midlands than complete the ill-fated Wembley project.

The Guardian

Farmers and landowners can increase their income without cost by providing small plots of land for electricity-producing wind turbines, under a scheme launched by energy minister Brian Wilson.

On 15 August 1952 one of the worst flash floods ever to have occurred in Britain swept through the Devon village of Lynmouth, killing 35. New evidence from previously classified government files suggests that a team of international scientists working with the RAF was experimenting with rainmaking in southern Britain in the same week and may be implicated.

Daily Telegraph

Britain faces a potential natural disaster that will flatten the Atlantic coastline for several miles inland.

A massive landslide in the Canary Islands would trigger the largest mega-tsunami (tidal wave) ever seen. Scientists predict that the landslide could happen anytime in the next 10 to 100 years.

A submerged island in Italy's Venetian lagoon has been restored to dry land for the first time in 600 years, exposing two ancient wooden ships.

The Scotsman

The £15M Cairn Gorm funicular railway is due to open this winter.

The project, which has been dogged by controversy from the outset, attracted further opposition this week when it was revealed a further £3.5M of public money is to be ploughed into the scheme.

A unique battery powered railcar which ran for only four years between 1958 and 1962 returned to Royal Deeside yesterday after a major restoration programme.

Evening Standard

Architect Piercy Conner believes it may have found a solution to London's housing crisis with the introduction of 'micro-flats'.

Around half the size of a normal one-bedroom flat, each flat should be available for around £50,000.

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