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In The Observer, Cambridge University physics professor Athene Donald says the research community needs to end the "macho culture" that drives women away from the science, and should instead encourage women to bring their talents to the various scientific disciplines. In the UK, for example, 22 percent of girls in school choose to study physics and 7 percent of physics professors are women, she says.

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