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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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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
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
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
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Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis