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  • The Africans buying sunshine with their smartphones

    Solar-powered electricity units are removing the need for dangerous kerosene lamps and allowing Africans to stay connected

    Julie Njeri did not believe her son when he declared he no longer needed spectacles to read his books and complete his homework.

    She took him to the doctor and was told young Peter Mwangi no longer suffered the sharp irritation and redness in his eyes that had resulted in him being given glasses. Peter’s mum exclaimed: “It’s a miracle!”

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  • EDF 'to give green light to Hinkley Point project'

    French energy company widely expected to approve UK’s first new nuclear plant in a generation at board meeting on Thursday

    French energy company EDF is expected to give the go-ahead for an £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

    EDF’s board will meet in Paris on Thursday and is almost certain to approve the project – the UK’s first new nuclear plant in a generation.

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  • Butterflies: a feast for more than eyes

    Sandy, Bedfordshire What are they tasting, and what makes them dab their egg on one particular leaf above all others?

    Day by day, summer has been eating its way through the nasturtium at the back door. Over the past fortnight, I have conducted my own leafwatch. Victorian naturalists used systematic, meticulous, studies to gain insights: I’m looking in my lunch break. Even so, during these half-hour snatches, I’ve discovered a tiny something that contradicts an authoritative textbook.

    We call them cabbage whites, the butterflies with a taste for brassicas, but these insects have a fondness for nasturtiums too. One flits over the fence and breaks its zigzag course through the garden to home in. It circles and lands on leaf after leaf, wings whipped into a frenzy at the point of exact touchdown.

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  • EDF's Hinkley Point C nuclear power station faces £18bn decision day

    Energy giant to hold board meeting on Thursday at which it is expected to approve the much-delayed decision on the £18bn project

    Energy giant EDF will make its long-awaited final investment decision on the planned nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, ending doubts over the £18bn project.

    The French firm’s board meets in Paris on Thursday and is expected to give the go-ahead for the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for a generation.

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