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A former Afrika Korps soldier, Theo Albrecht was the German entrepreneur behind the discount store Aldi.

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Spider Silk, By Leslie Brunetta and Catherine L Craig

Say "spider" and, if you can bear to think of them, you probably freely associate them with "webs". But most spiders (there are about 40,000 species) don't spin webs at all. Silk, yes, but that's a different matter - because the range of uses to which spiders put their silk goes way beyond webs. Spiders began as burrowers, lining their lairs with silk, and a particularly ingenious contrivance is the hinged trapdoor that the evolutionarily primitive Mesothele spiders still use to shut out the world.

Ferguson launches defence of Glazers

Sir Alex Ferguson has launched a stout defence of Manchester United owners the Glazer family.

ArcelorMittal braced for lower profits in third quarter

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steel producer, unveiled a sharp jump in profits in the second quarter, but its chief executive warned on the impact on profits from an economic slowdown in China.

Rhiannon Harries: 'Oprah's most powerful weapon? Not coming across like a moron'

Got up this morning, day four of my Consciousness Cleanse, and found freedom through forgiveness. Managed to forgo an unholy fry-up thanks to fab new book I'm reading called Women, Food and God, then ditched usual work attire in favour of experimenting with "new ways to wear khaki".

Women on top in Forbes power list – but not in the boardroom

They say that Hollywood's a man's town. But if you were to glance at the latest celebrity "power list", you could be forgiven for thinking that the exact opposite was true. For the first time in living memory, women appear to hold more sway than their male counterparts in the entertainment industry.

Teenager locked up over family crash deaths

An 18-year-old was sentenced to five years in a young offenders' institution today after causing the deaths by dangerous driving of a mother and daughter while they were out for a Sunday stroll.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, By Rebecca Skloot

In 1951 Henrietta Lacks, a poor 31-year-old African-American woman living in Baltimore County, died from cervical cancer. This would normally have been the simple end of a personal tragedy but the tumour that killed her proved unusual. Tissue removed without her knowledge was shown by Dr George Gey at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, to have the power of eternal reproduction, immortality. Henrietta's cell line, known as HeLa, has spawned a vast body of research. Its first dramatic use was in testing the Salk polio virus in 1952 and it has contributed greatly to mapping the human genome. As genetic knowledge has increased we can see how remarkable HeLa is: not really a human cell line at all, because it involves a genetic fusion of a papilloma virus and Henrietta Lacks's cervical cells. The hybrid has its own stable genome and attempts have been made to have the cell line recognised as a species in its own right. It is interesting to compare the case of HeLa with the news that the US biologist and entrepreneur Craig Venter has created an artificial bacterium. Apart from some fancy additions of DNA puzzles and an email address inserted into the genome, Venter's bacterium isn't new at all, just synthetic. The HeLa genome, on the other hand, is a novel cell line that has reproduced faithfully over 60 years.

Morte d'Arthur, Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon

Director Gregory Doran presents Thomas Malory's prose romance in a lucid, revelatory stage production. In a playing time of just three-and-a-half hours, we have the stories of the sword in the stone, the vision of Excalibur in the misty lake, the defeat of King Lot, the love triangle of Arthur, Guenever and Launcelot, the fellowship of the Round Table, the search for the Holy Grail, the jousts at Winchester, the usurpation of Mordred and the final battle.

Wealth check: 'Is spiritual business enough to sustain us?'

The Vandorpes' Blessings Book firm is 'on the crest of a wave', but they must rearrange their finances to avoid potential catastrophe.
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