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The mysterious case of fun science

RESEARCHERS have branded school science boring but the fightback has begun with a competition which has the backing of stars from the worlds of pop and sport.

Teen bands S Club and Blazin' Squad (pictured) and England footballer James Beattie, are among prime suspects in a science "Whodunit" in which thousands of pupils will turn forensic scientist to solve a theft.

Schools have until the end of April to register for the Whodunit, organised by Planet Science, the pound;4 million successor campaign to the Government's Science Year.

Evidence in packs produced for them include scrapings from the celebrities'

shoes and a note discovered nearby.

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