Update: 12:25

October 16, 2002

Watson gives Holmes elementary award
Sherlock Holmes today became the first fictional character to be awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal Society of Chemistry for being the first detective to exploit chemical science as a means of solving crime. The medal was bestowed on his statue outside the entrance to Baker Street tube station in London today by Dr John Watson, a namesake of Holmes's mythical biographer and a fellow of the RSC.

Refugees could offset impact of ageing population
Europe could potentially offset the impact of an ageing population by using refugees as a highly skilled pool of labour, according to a study by St Andrews University health population experts. But refugees often suffer from deskilling, performing jobs well below their level of qualification and experience, which is worsened without quick accesss to work and retraining.

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