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The man who pays his way

London 2012’s Olympic Cauldron

Grand designs: Snapshot of the way we live now

Contenders for the Design of the Year awards will have you in a spin

Scientists says it is possible to make steam without water, thanks to nanoparticles

Making steam without water, thanks to nanoparticles

It is possible to create steam within seconds by focusing sunlight on nanoparticles mixed into water, according to new research.

Despite darkness, New Yorker stands up for his neighbourhood in superstorm's aftermath

Before the storm, it would have been a familiar setting here in lower Manhattan: a man behind the counter, a row of lottery tickets above him and a wall of cigarettes behind him.

Original thinker: Stanford Ovshinsky

Stanford Ovshinsky: Pioneering inventor

Stanford Ovshinsky was a self-taught inventor whose innovations have been incorporated into many hi-tech developments, from flat-screen televisions to laptop computers, He devised the term "ovonics", combining his own name and "electronics," to describe the technology behind the development of what he called "non-depletable, non-polluting energy sources." His aim was to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels with solar power and hydrogen. In 1999, Time included Ovshinsky among its "Heroes for the Planet."

Andre Villas-Boas celebrates Tottenham Hotspur’s win at Old Trafford

Andre Villas-Boas content in calmer waters at Spurs after year of tumult

Portuguese faces former club with confidence 12 months on from defining John Terry fracas

The 10 Best torches

Shine a light on the autumn gloom – whether you’re hiking, camping or cycling – with these top torches

Solar panel subsidy cuts halted by ministers

Moves to cut subsidies for fitting solar panels on homes were halted by ministers today following warnings that the planned reductions threatened Britain’s hopes of hitting targets for renewable energy production.

Workers install photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of London’s City Hall. But demand for them has fallen

Thousands of jobs at risk after David Cameron abandons solar subsidies

Senior figures in the industry say they face a bleak future as demand for panels collapses

Guy Hands grabs care home group in £825m deal

The purchase of Four Seasons marks a comeback for the Terra Firma boss following his debacle over record label EMI

Jobs fear as glass-maker Pilkington cuts back

Glass manufacturer Pilkington is to cut production at a UK factory under plans to axe 3,500 jobs worldwide.

Spend your days lounging by Cala Mia's infinity pool gazing at the Pacific

Stay The Night: Cala Mia, Panama

Set apart from the big mainland resorts, this low-key luxury retreat on Isla Boca Brava offers sanctuary, says Sarah Gilbert

Engineers check some of the Guadix mirrors that will create energy for half a million people

World's largest solar plant powers up

Spanish venture is as big as 210 football pitches and has 600,000 mirrors. But there's a dark side

Britain is seeking to replace its ageing fossil-fuelled plants with cleaner alternatives, including solar power

Ministers feel the heat over solar energy cuts

The slashing of the feed-in tariff for solar power has been ruled unlawful; today MPs claim the plans could be 'fatal' to the industry

Despite the cut to the feed-in tariff, Jo Kelly went ahead with a solar panel installation on her three-bed Victorian home last Thursday

The sun hasn't yet set on domestic solar energy

The decision to cut tariffs for installations does not mean the end for home renewables. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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