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Children can't ID scientists

ALMOST one million school children aged five to 16 think rapper Professor Green is a scientist, a survey found.

Children are more familiar with Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook (68pc correctly identified him), than physicist Albert Einstein (only 45pc correctly identified him), the poll by Haier found.

A large proportion were unable to identify a number of heavyweight names from the world of science, including Charles Darwin (63pc unable to identify), Louis Pasteur (75pc), Thomas Edison (62pc) and Isaac Newton (61pc). The survey suggested that around a third of five-year-olds (35pc) though Boris Johnson, the colourful mayor of London, discovered gravity.

Taiwan man held for spying

A RETIRED naval officer has been arrested in Taiwan on claims he spied for China.

The defence ministry said Chinese intelligence made contact with Cmdr Chang Chih-hsin through unidentified Taiwanese intermediaries, but denied media reports that he had leaked secret submarine nautical charts or war plans.

Taiwan and China have spied on each other since the sides split amid civil war in 1949.

Honda's 36pc profit surge

HONDA reported a 36pc surge in net profit as Japanese car makers bounce back from the country's tsunami.

Honda said it raked in an 82.2 billion yen (¤778m) profit for the July-September period as sales jumped 20pc.

Honda had been hit hard by the March 2011 quake and tsunami disaster that disrupted supply chains.

Left makes gains in Chile

CHILE'S ruling centre-right alliance lost key mayoral races in local elections.

The left's biggest victory was in central Santiago, where Carolina Toha defeated Pablo Zalaquett of the ultra-conservative Independent Democratic Union.

Ms Toha's father, socialist Salvador Allende's vice president, died after being tortured by General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

The elections saw millions of Chile's citizens voting for the first time after wide-reaching electoral reforms last year.