Made in England for 50 years: the lava lamp celebrates its birthday

Invented in 1963, the lava lamp's fortunes have risen and fallen over the years

Ability of honeybees to collect food and build up stores of honey is being compromised by one of several 'stressors' in their environment

Revealed: traffic fumes are confusing bees in their hunt for food

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

Predatory paedophile mice deterred by tears of pre-pubescent victims, study claims

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

The Ir40a nerve receptor is found in the antennae of mosquitoes

Secrets of insect repellent DEET could prove decisive in the war on malaria, dengue and West Nile fever

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he leaves the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod Region

Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

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

Minister says it would be 'irresponsible' not to allow companies to find out if the underground reserves can be extracted

Pregnancy pounds linked to obesity

Piling on pounds during pregnancy can lead to overweight children and might be contributing to rising obesity rates, research suggests.

A UN vehicle transporting a team of weapons inspectors arrives at a hotel in Damascus

Syria crisis: Inspectors begin ambitious task of overseeing destruction of Assad's chemical weapons program

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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From shaving soap to shower gel and moisturiser, we find the finest products for chaps who want to stay dapper

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

Controversial drugs scheme to be extended despite criticism from doctors

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

Former army head General Lord Dannatt: 'The risks are too high'

The Lariam scandal: Former head of army calls for ban on malaria drug

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

Lenders continue to play tough with borrowers who have even the faintest stain on their credit record

Credit card rejection hits three million

Hard-line lenders are cherry-picking the best customers as hard-up folk run up record debts

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How bosses are making us work harder

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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
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... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
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This tyrant doesn’t rule

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