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April 15, 2002

Maths and science teachers 'need to be paid higher salaries'
Maths and science teachers should be paid higher salaries to try to lure the brightest graduates in the subjects into the classroom, a government-backed review body recommended yesterday. (The Independent, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian)

Closure on the cards
A number of universities will disappear over the next ten years as the government removes the safety net for institutions that fail to attract enough students, Margaret Hodge, the higher education minister, has warned. (The Guardian)

Mass invasion of Argentine ants conquers Europe
Millions of ants from Argentina have created the world's biggest "super organism" in Europe, a network of communicating worker ants spanning more than 3,700 miles  (The Independent, Daily Telegraph, Times)

Catch our falling standards
Teaching standards on government-funded, work-based training schemes for young people have to improve dramatically - and soon - if Labour's revamped modern apprenticeship programme is going to work, new research is to show. (The Guardian)

DNA may reveal truth of Columbus tomb
Scientists plan to exhume the remians of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral to make sure they are really his. (The Independent)

Glaxo to abandon chest infection drug
Glaxosmithkline, Europe's number one drugmaker, is to abandon work on a promising antibiotic after side-effects threatened to scupper its chances of being allowed on the market.

Experts call for curbs on human cloning in China
Chinese geneticists are calling for legislation to control human cloning and genome research, amid growing concern about ethical standards. (The Guardian)

Cough syrup sales might reveal anthrax outbreak
Many diseases that appeal to bioterrorists start out feeling like flu - could drugs sales provide early warning of an attack? (New Scientist, Nature)

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