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BAA recovers as Spanish press on

Shares in the airport operator BAA surged back above the price being offered by Ferrovial yesterday after the Spanish construction giant made it clear that it intends to press ahead with its offer despite the threat of a monopolies investigation into the UK airport market.

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`Dogma' tries hard to be madcap but only succeeds in committing the ultimate in cinematic blasphemy - it's just plain dull. By Anthony Quinn: DOGMA KEVIN SMITH (15) n MYSTERY MEN KINKA USHER (PG) n THE MUSIC FREELANCERS DENIS DERCOURT (PG) n MUPPETS FROM SPACE TIM HILL (U)

British Psychological Society: Scientists lose Dr Strangelove image

YOUNG PEOPLE no longer see scientists as dangerous geeks who could destroy mankind, but think they can make a difference to the world, according to new research.

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Kevin Smith's films always feature strong women and weak men. Dogma is no exception. What is he trying to say? By Charlotte O'Sullivan

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Scientists are the best story-tellers

This week sees the announcement of a literary prize that has grown in stature in recent years: the Rhone-Poulenc award for science books. Founded after Stephen Hawking confounded the book trade by commandeering the best-seller lists, the pounds 10,000 prize has coincided with (and perhaps helped to fuel) a lavish boom in the publication of eligible titles. Writers such as Stephen Jay Gould and Steven Pinker (a likely winner this week) have become familiar names, and books such as Longitude and Fermat's Last Theorem have confirmed that Hawking's success was by no means an aberration. After decades of neglect - all those jokes about anoraks and blinkered chemists - science has returned to the mainstream. The dreary talk of two cultures also seems to be fading away. Novelists are eager to assimilate the wonders (not to mention the sales potential) of non- fiction. And while the cinema used to present scientists as nutty professors, these days it prefers cool dudes like Jeff Goldblum saving the world with a laptop, or cocky rebels like Matt Damon.

Film: Blasphemy, the movie

Kevin Smith's new film, Dogma, is so controversial that Disney want to bury it. Good lord, what's all the fuss about? By Roger Clarke

Cinema: It's a laughing shame

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