News German cockroaches - smaller than the famous American cockroach - have evolved to lose their sweet tooth

The creature crawled into his ear as he slept

McKechnie plans pounds 200m spending

THE ENGINEERING group, McKechnie, could spend up to pounds 200m on further acquisitions as its reshaping continues. The company said yesterday that more deals could be announced in the next few months in its core specialist engineering and plastics divisions, with several acquisitions under negotiation.

Shopping & Design: Nature may abhor a vacuum - but what about blokes?

There's a whole new generation of ultra-designed vacuum cleaners on the market. The big question is, which ones are most likely to get grown men sucking the carpet?

My Favourite Restaurant: James Dyson - Unpretentious food - by design

JAMES DYSON, the man whose bagless vacuum cleaner became a bestseller, names Blueprint Cafe as his favourite eatery - a fitting choice for an entrepreneurial designer.

Remember, today's minnows will be tomorrow's big fish

These days, it seems that entrepreneurs are everybody's heroes. The likes of Richard Branson and James Dyson, maker of the bagless vacuum cleaner, are held up as Davids who have successfully taken on the Goliaths of the business world.

Dyson fined pounds 20,000 by French and ordered to clean up his ads

IF NATURE abhors a vacuum, continental law, it seems, abhors a Dyson. The British entrepreneur, James Dyson,inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, has been found guilty by a French court of "aggressive and untruthful" advertising, ordered to pay pounds 10,000 damages each to two competitors and told to withdraw his ad campaign for his Dual Cyclone cleaner.

Health: The sound of deafness

What a disaster: your parents may have been right all along. Music at rock concerts and clubs, and from personal stereos could be causing irreversible damage to our hearing.

Arts: Make it up as you go along

At long last, a group show with a decent theme! 'Thinking Aloud' celebrates creativity as making-do and mending.

Who's Suing Whom: Clothing company takes action against All Saints

ALL SAINTS, a company which makes designer clothes, is taking legal action against the popular girl band of the same name. The company wants to stop the band from selling clothes with the brand name "All Saints" on their upcoming world tour.

Even the Tatton Tories love Bell

THE LAVATORY at Tatton Conservative headquarters is an Aladdin's cave of cleaning products. Cans and aerosols of every conceivable variety are lined up along the windowsill, including Dettox Anti-Bacterial Room Spray (eliminates odours at their source). In one corner stands a vacuum cleaner; in another, a bucket and mop.

Anything that starts with a Z

Just how far can our search for ever-more bizarre names go? Cayte Williams despairs

Today gets an extra second so we don't fall behind the times

BIG BEN sets its pendulum to it, ships' captains swear by it and the speaking clock could not function without it. But despite its worldwide reputation for timeless precision, Greenwich Mean Time is lagging behind the scientific standard.

Tip Of The Week: Dealing With Lead Paint

LEAD-BASED paint was used to decorate British homes up until 1992, the highest concentration occurring in gloss paint between 1930 and 1955. Most older properties therefore contain large amounts of lead paint, which is now known to be a dangerous neurotoxin, affecting children's intelligence and causing disruptive and delinquent behaviour.

Classical: Going strong; and on and on

La Monte Young: 'The First Blossom of Spring' Barbican, EC2 Chicago Adelphi, WC2 John Rutter Cambridge Clare College

I've seen the future. And it burps

Rugrats are the cartoon babies who grew and grew. Now they're poised to take over the world. You have been warned

This Student Life: But where's the smell coming from?

Week 5 at the Manchester student house: Dani's living life to the full. Tasha and Leona have cleaned the carpets, and - hey - they changed colour. By Cayte Williams
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His life, the universe and everything

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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