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Scientists say it's too early to say whether Ceres could support microbial life, but a visit from the Dawn spacecraft in early 2015 should provide answers

GCSE boost in sciences expected

The rise in take-up of traditional science subjects seen in A levels is set to be repeated at the GCSE level this week.

Album: Carl Coxaii, Roads Lead to the Dancefloor (Intec Digital)

The medium is increasingly the message in modern music.

DVD: Killers (12)

Katherine Heigl clearly has no intention of giving us all a break from these mirthless comedy capers.

Heartbreaker (15)

They flipped for this romantic comedy in its native France, but I'm not sure it will tweak as many funny bones over here. (They also loved time-travel farce Les Visiteurs, remember).

Chemistry? It's all in the mind

"Love at first sight" is defined as a condition in which someone feels romantic love for a stranger immediately upon meeting them. Brain imaging shows that when this happens areas of the brain involved with dopamine, a hormone and neurotransmitter, are activated. Dopamine has important roles in behaviour and information processing, in activity, motivation and reward, sleep, mood, attention and learning. Hence intense romantic love is associated with neuronal reward and motivation pathways in the brain, particularly in areas involved with addictive behaviour such as compulsive gambling.

Threadworms: Preventing them spreading

My six-year-old son may have threadworms, as he has been scratching a lot. A friend told me to get mebendazole. How can I ensure that our other two children don't catch them too?

Verrucas: how do I get rid of them?

I swim three times a week at my local pool, but I have developed a couple of verrucas on my foot. I tried a Wartner freezing kit, but I found it too painful, and it did not work. Can you suggest something painless that will remove verrucas?

Contraception: What's the best thing to do if I miss a pill?

I take the oral contraceptive pill, but I am prone to miss pills. So far I have been lucky and not got pregnant. What is the best thing to do if I miss a pill?

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Gifted research chemist and teacher

Twins achieve identical results

Woodward meticulous in misjudgement

Second Test: World Cup winner's litany of mistakes doomed this tour and may threaten the entire Lions concept

Leading article: Chemical breakdown

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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

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British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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