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The Institute of Physics and National Physical Laboratory are inviting scientists and students who are not professional journalists or science writers to submit up to 1,200 words by May 2 explaining new developments in research, unusual applications and how physics enhances culture and assists in education. Articles should be entertaining and aimed at a non-technical readership. There is a new category for school and college science students. Prize money totals Pounds 2,000 and other prizes include media training and a visit to NPL. Details: Sue Osborne, NPL, 0181 943 6054; e-mail:

BT YOUNG NATURALIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS The Young People's Trust for the Environment and Nature Conservation is encouraging children aged eight to 13 to submit a project by May 5 on any topic covering an environmental, wildlife, conservation or ecological theme. Entries can be in the form of written research, drawings, photography, models, video or song. Winners will receive a dolphin trophy and Pounds 500 for their school. Details: 01483 396000.

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