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It will be difficult – but not impossible – to detect the chemical breakdown products of any nerve agents that may have been used in the Damascus attack, but access to the victims could be critical in proving the illicit use of chemical weapons.

'Evil' duo jailed for life over sadistic murders

A dangerous knife thug freed from jail by mistake was today jailed for life with a minimum of 40 years for the "sadistic" murders of two brilliant French students.

Carola Long: 'Body scrubs need to be intensive to counteract the lizard-like skin induced by cold British weather'

Exfoliation is the first step in any summer metamorphosis, especially one involving fake tan. After all, you wouldn't start repainting a wall – a job which is about as exciting as applying bronzer – without stripping the manky old plaster first. However, when it comes to exfoliation, stripping is the last thing one wants; rather, it's key to find a product that creates an even surface for the colour to take to without damaging the skin.

Postgraduate Lives: 'Companies use enzymes to change their products'

Nathaniel Saidu, 25, is doing an MSc in biocatalysis at the University of Exeter

Court told of French students' 'inhuman' murders

Two French students were tortured and murdered in a London flat in a scene of "almost unimaginable horror" when a burglary at their home went wrong, a court heard today.

Murder suspect burgled French students' home

A man accused of murdering two French students during a frenzied attack at a London house admitted today he had carried out a burglary at the property.

Quadriplegic sailor challenges elements again

Fundraiser aims to sail solo around the British Isles aided by 'sip and puff' controls

How does architecture affect academic study?

Jay Merrick visits a cutting-edge lab in Oxford to find out

How the smell of rotten eggs makes men randy

Scientists take eight transsexuals and a whiff of hydrogen sulphide to begin making an alternative to Viagra

Breakthrough could lead to new prostate cancer test

A newly discovered molecule linked to aggressive prostate cancer could open the door to better ways of tracking and treating the disease, say scientists.

Professor Sir James Baddiley: Biochemist who applied his understanding of organic chemistry to problems in biology

The biochemist James Baddiley was a master of experimentation, with an intuitive ability to deal with the vagaries of organic compounds. Although he was an organic chemist by training, his research brought him increasingly into the field of biochemistry and biology. When each new problem presented itself, he learned or devised the experimental techniques necessary for its solution. He used the methods and insight of the organic chemist to answer important questions in biology, notably with regard to coenzyme structure and function, and the structure of bacterial cell walls.

Enzyme discovery may hold key to cancer treatments

A major discovery could open the door to "one-fits-all" cancer drugs that can tackle many different forms of the disease.

Hal Dixon: Cambridge biochemist

Hal Dixon was a biochemist, a Life Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, who was cleverer than most of his colleagues, enthusiastic and energetic, but who never achieved the heights of scientific success that his abilities merited. But he was a wonderful colleague, friend and teacher.

Man, 21, arrested over murder of French students

A 21-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of yesterday in connection with the murders of the French students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez.

Laurent and Gabriel: a friendship that blossomed on an exchange programme

They were two students who came to London from France to study, and had agreed to extend their stay by a month because they were enjoying it so much.

So, Long John Silver, where did the leg go?

A prequel to 'Treasure Island' will give one author's answers to questions posed by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic
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'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

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Historians map out untold LGBT histories

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'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

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We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
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What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue