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Gases emitted by diesel engines mask floral odours that honeybees use to navigate

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Baby mice tears contain a pheromone signalling chemical that puts off males

The Ir40a nerve receptor is found in the antennae of mosquitoes

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Researchers use new screening method to find four repellents that are as powerful as substance used effectively for more than 60 years to protect people

Syria crisis: Team overseeing destruction of chemical weapons begin work

The team overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons have begun work as deadly clashes raged on the edge of Damascus.

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Energy Minister Michael Fallon: UK set to see '40 shale gas wells'

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An advance group of international inspectors arrived in Syria on Tuesday to begin the ambitious task of overseeing the destruction of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program, kicking off a mission that must navigate the country's bloody civil war as well as the international spotlight.

‘A heaven for clinical trials, a hell for India’: Court orders government to regulate drugs testing by international pharmaceutical companies

Court orders government to regulate medical testing amid fears over industry’s safety

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Tories unveil £400m cash boost to extend controversial cancer drugs fund

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UN investigates further chemical weapons attacks inside Syria

Three cases suspected­ after regime’s strike on outskirts of Damascus on 21 August that prompted US threat of military action

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General Lord Richard Dannatt demands action after concerns that  Lariam can cause suicide

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