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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.

Science: A warm Wellcome to Tayside

Golf, cake and jam aren't all Dundee

Science: Under the Microscope - Worth the battle

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SCIENCE: WHY EUNUCHS DON'T WEAR TOUPEES

Castration may well prevent baldness but wouldn't you prefer something just a little less extreme? Hilary Bower reports on the scientists rooting out a cure for hair loss

Technoquest: The bald truth about fungi

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Health: Love is ... a sniff of the right type of body odour

A biochemist believes he has cracked the chemistry of love. Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor, asks if smell can trigger human longing.

Book review: So-called miracles

Norah Jane And Company by Ellen Gilchrist, Bloomsbury pounds 14.99

Comparing cheek to cheek

Lancome's Primordiale Nuit night cream, pounds 36, is all in the mind of the besmearer

Tuesday's Book: Nora Jane and Company by Ellen Gilchrist

Over the past two decades, Ellen Gilchrist has almost single-handedly created a new, female narrative voice for the American South. She is a master of the short story, adept at eccentric characters and twisted family relationships among the white elite in the dying embers of the Eisenhower era. Among her charms is an ability to recycle her most memorable characters so they sashay from short stories into novels like long-lost cousins. Nora Jane is among them.

Proof positive. Taking Ecstasy permanently alters your brain

The first formal studies using brain scans show that regular Ecstasy users are permanently changing their brains. Isn't that bad news? Well, maybe, maybe not: our brains might take it in their stride, just as they do so much else. Charles Arthur, Science Editor, looks at the implications.

Botany: Plants that look into the future

Plants have an uncanny power to predict thunderstorms by detecting electricity in the air, a British expert claims.

Holidays are the hardest work of all

For career women, juggling the demands of the office with the demands of their children can stop them being bored, insecure parents, but the price could be ill health. As the long school break begins, their stress levels rise with summer temperatures and there's no break in sight

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Injections for diabetics could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the patient studies of one team of researchers. Hilary Bower reports on the groundbreaking results of a 24-year project

EDUCATION University applications hit record

A record number of students has applied to university this year, but the total applying for teacher-training has fallen sharply, according to figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Where now, Miss Brodie?

Britain's brightest graduates have a problem: finding the right research post for a second degree. The lack of a system for matching people to places is hindering progress, says Maureen O'Connor

Want to stay young? Try yams and mares' urine

...or at least a pill made from some of their ingredients. Mark Rowe on a wonder-drug available via the Internet
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