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Stop brain drain now Six of Europe's Nobel laureates chastised the European Union's policies on research funding with a letter to all 12 EU leaders demanding action. The six--three winners of the medicine prize in the 1970s and 1980s, two physicists, and a chemist--want funds doubled to stem the flow of talented young scientists from Europe to the United States. "Brain drain--young talented scientists leaving their countries--is making itself felt in most EU countries," the letter warns. The EU has pledged to raise research spending from 2% of gross domestic product to 3% by 2010. But that's not enough, the scientists insist. "Spending plans are inadequate even to put a brake on the process of relative back-sliding of European scientific capability, let alone ... catch up with and overtake the United States." Signatory Sir Aaron Klug, 1982 British chemistry laureate, said it's the way...

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