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March 19, 2002

Dean lied about having Cambridge PhD
A clergyman who served as personal adviser to the former archbishop of Canterbury has resigned after admitting lying about his Cambridge qualifications. (The Times)

Fresh blow for 'Dolly' firm
PPL Therapeutics, the biotechnology company that cloned Dolly the sheep, faced a crisis of confidence from investors yesterday after delaying the launch of its most advanced drug due to patients "wheezing" in clinical trials. (The Guardian)

Creationism in schools 'leads to more bigotry'
Teachers joined the simmering row over creationism in the classroom yesterday, arguing that the government's willingness to take money from millionaires "with strong views" threatened to result in a generation of "bigots". (Independent)

Giant Antarctic ice sheet breaks off
Scientists predicted the event but are stunned by the speed of collapse of 500 million billion tonnes of ice. (New Scientist)

Breast cancer screening saves lives, says WHO
Breast cancer screening by mammography does save lives for women aged between 50 and 69, according to a report sponsored by the World Health Organisation. However, the benefits for younger women are uncertain. (New Scientist)

Microsoft 'could be destroyed' if curbs are imposed
Microsoft will face corporate oblivion if radical plans to curb its abuse of monopoly power are approved, lawyers for the software group told a US federal judge yesterday.  (The Guardian)

Marconi blocked Jews from Il Duce's academy
Guglielmo Marconi, the father of radio and Italy's scientific hero of the 20th century, has been outed as a fascist hatchetman for Benito Mussolini's anti-Semitic policies. (The Guardian)

The shredder awaits 10 per cent of all newly published titles, and even the most popular authors can suffer the ultimate indignity: being pulped. (The Guardian)

Hybrid invader threatens Wordsworth heritage
Britain's wild daffodils, which inspired William Wordsworth to write one of the best known poems in English, are under threat from the spread of tall garden centre flowers. (Daily Telegraph, The Guardian)


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