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This week in nations in brief: Spanish research centre cut; Disgraced Dutch psychologist faked papers; Research agency to take more risks; Serbia launches 10-year industry plan; Post-Bologna grads get jobs quicker, says survey; Government to tread carefully on biodiversity.

Spanish research centre cut

A leading biomedical research centre in Spain is axing nearly half its research staff. Valencia’s Research Centre Prince Felipe (CIPF) said it would close half of its labs, cut 108 scientists’ jobs, and slash the salaries of the 150 remaining researchers, the Spanish news agency EFE has reported. Last year, the regional health ministry announced a retrospective cut to the CIPF’s budget, from €9.8 million in 2009 to €4.6m in 2010 and 2011, leaving the research centre in debt.

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