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"They have an honesty about them that is purely to do with the vision of the film-maker behind the camera," someone said of the home movies featured in Shooting the War. Her point was that this footage wasn't propaganda, though she'd conveniently forgotten that home movies are always a kind of propaganda for the person behind the camera. And that people at war quite often voluntarily sign up to be just as on-message as any Ministry of Information flak. There were disturbing sights here, which cut across the official version of the war and let you see what a government might have wanted hidden. But they were vastly outnumbered by shots that would have fed perfectly happily into the hearts-and-minds operations of either side in the Second World War. The result was a curious displacement between the voiceover rhetoric ("startling intimacy", "rare footage" etc etc) and images which, by and large, were drably indistinguishable from all the wartime actuality you've seen before, but for the fact that the focus was a bit less reliable.

Disinfectants make stronger superbugs

Disinfectants designed to keep bacteria out of homes and hospitals could be fuelling the growth of superbugs. Scientists found that exposing infectious bacteria to increasing amounts of disinfectant turned the bugs into hardy survivors. The bacteria also developed resistance to the antibiotic, ciprofloxacin – despite not having previously encountered the drug.

AstraZeneca pays $350m for French firm

AstraZeneca and Forest Laboratories are collaborating on development of two experimental antibiotics in a deal that centres on Astra's $350m (£219m) acquisition of Novexel, a privately held French company.

Parents fail to secure unlawful killing verdict

The parents of a spiritual healer who died after a minor foot injury became infected with gangrene failed in their High Court battle for an inquest verdict that he was "unlawfully killed" by his partner, a former nurse.

Kew's giant fungi collection

The biggest collection of fungi in the world will be created this week as Kew Gardens takes delivery of more than 400,000 specimens.

NHS has no data on 80 per cent of hospital bugs

The Government has no idea how many people are dying from hospital bugs other than MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C. diff) despite evidence they are on the rise, an MPs' report says.

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