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May 29, 2002

Exam board admits AS-level paper faulty
Students sitting AS-level government and politics had to endure one more hurdle on their route to university thanks to a mistake in their exam paper. Although examination board Edexcel had spotted the error a month earlier, copies of the uncorrected paper still made it onto students’ desks. (The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph)

Economists show that time really means money
Researchers at Warwick University have devised a formula to calculate the exact value of time. The average British minute is worth 10p to men and 8p to women. (Daily Mail, The Times)

Did a woman discover secret of life?
Rosalind Franklin’s work helped other scientists crack the structure of DNA, but sexism may have destroyed her career and robbed her of a Nobel. (The Daily Telegraph)

Westbank gunman kills three students
A Palestinian gunman killed three religious students last night after infiltrating a Jewish settlement on the Westbank. (The Independent, The Daily Telegraph)

Scientists pledge to clone extinct Tasmanian tiger
An Australian team of scientists has copied parts of the tiger’s DNA from pickled tiger pups and believes one day it may be able to assemble a full set of genes for the animal. (The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Daily Mail)

China close to cloning rare panda
China predicted yesterday that it would clone a giant panda within two years after cloning a calf from a rare species and producing panda embryos using eggs from rabbits and cats. (The Daily Telegraph)

Learning from fellow workers
A shop-floor “university” is seen as the key to improved productivity at manufacturing and logistics company Unipart. (Financial Times)

Hurts so good
Philosopher Roger Scruton asks whether pain is an essential element of visual art. (The Guardian G2)

Englishing the Earth
Every fortnight a language dies as English continues to homogenise the way we speak. What is the cultural cost of such overwhelming linguistic dominance?  (The Guardian G2)   

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