Scientists at Mie University, near Tokyo, have discovered a way of turning newspapers and waste paper back into wood.
A team of Greek archaeologists say that they may have discovered the remains of the ancient city of Iolcus, from which the mythical character Jason set out in search of the Golden Fleece.
The day before Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy , died, one of his characters was immortalised as a minor planet by being given the name Arthurdent.
An epidemic of vCJD, the human form of "mad cow disease", could come in several waves over the next few decades, researchers at the Medical Research Council's prion diseases unit in London have warned. ( Financial Times , Independent , Daily Telegraph )
Police recruits employed on full pay have been sent to work as gardeners because there are not enough places for them in training schools, the Police Federation's annual conference has heard. ( Guardian , Independent , Daily Mail , Times )
Winning an Oscar not only earns you a golden statuette for your mantelpiece, it also makes you live longer, according to a study from the University of Toronto. ( Daily Telegraph , Times )
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