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Miroslaw Balka, Tate Modern, London

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Phytopharm soars 340% on drug trial

The biotechnology minnow Phytopharm received a huge share price boost yesterday after announcing that early trials of its potential Parkinson's disease treatment had produced impressive results.

Gallery visitors invited to enter 'black hole'

A huge "black hole" was unveiled today as the latest exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Unilever pays £1.1bn for US rival's body care brands

Unilever will smarten up its range of grooming products by adding brands including Brylcreem and Radox after agreeing to buy Sara Lee's personal care business for €1.2bn (£1.1bn).

Mike Miller: 'The biggest problem facing South Africa is the attempt at Africanisation'

The fund of goodwill and optimism for South Africa is felt right across the world.

Minor British Institutions: Bovril

Beef tea. Strange idea, popular still at football matches. But who on earth came up with it? A Scotsman, by the name of John Lawson Johnston, though there appears to be no record of his precise thought process.

Promotions lift Unilever's global sales

Unilever's star performer in western Europe is UK

Business Diary: Unilever's Dutchman tells it the way it is

Paul Polman, the Dutch chief executive of Unilever, who took the helm in January, is a refreshing change to the sterilised, PR-driven management speak of most bosses. Yesterday, he treated journalists to a series of "Polmanisms" that included calling himself a "sucker"; "easy-squeezy-Japanesey"; "peeling the onion"; "Amsterdam was not built in a day"; and "an early bird does not make a summer". Mr Polman, a "magpies fan" only came a cropper, when he said that Newcastle United were in the "second division", which prompted a PR intervention. Oh well, some things never change.

Government 'greatly concerned' by palm oil production

The Government has joined calls for Britain’s best-selling household groceries to use sustainable palm oil.

Letters: The slaughter of the Armenians

Slaughter of the Armenians was no Holocaust

Palm oil in Brtain's top brands

Revealed: How man contain palm oil?

Big brands: Palm oil policy

The Independent asked leading food companies for their policies on palm oil. Many organisations who produce or use palm oil are members of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO certifies as sustainable a small amount of palm oil - currently about 2 per cent of global production, forecast to rise to 4 per cent by the end of 2009. Unilever and the WWF want manufacturers and retailers to buy this sustainable palm oil.

The guilty secrets of palm oil: Are you unwittingly contributing to the devastation of the rain forests?

Does your shopping basket contain KitKat, Hovis, Persil or Flora? If so, you may be contributing to the devastation of the wildlife-rich forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, where orangutans and other species face extinction as their habitat disappears.
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