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The Z1 Compact offers identical hardware to the S1, but shrinks the screen from 5 inches to 4.3 - David Phelan gives us the first full UK review

Generators await MMC decision

SHARES in National Power and PowerGen fell sharply yesterday in advance of today's statement by Stephen Littlechild, director general of electricity supply, on whether he will refer the companies to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, writes Mary Fagan.

Philips on pounds 47m in third quarter

PHILIPS, the Dutch electronics giant, continued its recovery with higher-than-expected profits in the third quarter of the year. In spite of poor economic conditions in Europe, the company reported net income of 133m guilders ( pounds 47m) in the three months to 30 September, compared with a loss of 139m guilders a year ago.

Health Update: Cervical scanner may replace smears

A DEVICE that can instantly identify malignant and pre-malignant cells in the cervix may make cervical smears a thing of the past. The pen-sized 'Polarprobe', developed by Australian researchers, takes a minute to scan the cervix, is completely painless and gives immediate results on a computer screen. The probe beams light and an electrical charges at cervical cells and measures the reflections.

Show of minuscule machinery points precise way to the future: Susan Watts reports on the pinhead-sized components which could revolutionise lives

AN EXHIBITION too small to see may seem a little pointless, but the Science Museum's latest venture celebrates a subject that could revolutionise people's lives.

Bunhill: Driven by the joys of men and toys

GORDON MCNALLY is half of one of London's best-connected couples. His actress wife, Henrietta, is chairman of City and Westminster Conservatives; the McNallys are big fund-raisers for the party and among the closest friends of John and Norma Major.

Philips' income slips in first quarter: No sign of improvement in Europe, says electronics giant in throes of rationalisation

CONTINUING recession in many of its main markets has caused a sharp fall in Philips' net income to 103m guilders ( pounds 37.1m) in the first quarter from 163m guilders a year ago.

BOOK REVIEW / Complex interactions in the primordial soup: Complexity - M Mitchell Waldrop: Viking, pounds 9.99; Complexity - Roger Lewin: J M Dent, pounds 15.99

BEWARE OF scientists bearing beautiful mathematical models. They are not dangerous, but can be misleading unless they describe the real world. This warning particularly applies to the seductive computer simulations associated with recent studies on the nature of complexity.

Time to wrap up, says Murphy's lore: Forecasting too far ahead is risky, but Bill Burroughs finds evidence that we could be in for a bleak midwinter

IN THE past decade we have seen an extraordinary range of winter weather and a surprising number of notable cold snaps. We have had everything from record- breaking cold spells in 1982 and 1987 to the exceptional mildness of 1989 and 1990. The variability has highlighted how valuable it would be if we could plan with confidence what sort of winter lay ahead. Will we ever be able to predict seasonal weather patterns?

Jobs boost

AN American hi-tech company is to open a factory in Londonderry, creating 500 jobs. Seagate Technology, of Minneapolis, is due to begin work next month building a plant to make disk drive components.
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What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

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Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'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?

They’re here to help

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?