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January 25, 2002

Mobile phone safety research kicks-off
A £7.4 million research programme aimed at providing definitive answers about the safety of mobile phones was launched today. Fifteen science projects will receive an initial £4.5 million for a wide-range of studies examining the biological effects of mobile phone radiation. The research programme is being backed jointly by government and industry.

Women muscle in on economic studies
Women and ethnic minorities are slowly muscling their way into the still largely white male field of academic economics, according to a report from the Royal Economic Society’s committee on women in economics. Women now make up about one third of graduate students and one fifth of academic economists, it says.

Scots exam marker recruitment success
The Scottish Qualifications Authority says it is "delighted" with the response from prospective markers for this summer’s National Qualifications examinations and has now recruited almost all of the 8,800 markers needed.

Careful readers in Dundee get Burns
As volumes of Burns's poetry are dusted down for their annual Burns Night outing, Dundee University researchers are using scientific data to discover why poetry is not more popular. The team will use a new eye tracker machine in the psychology department to assess the obstacles people encounter when reading a poem.

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