"Cue the James Dyson Award. Every year it tasks young designers with solving pressing global problems – and this year it attracted a record number of entries.

Devices that could prevent blindness, save the lives of people who have been stabbed, and boost plastic recycling scooped top honours, netting the inventors behind them £30,000 each to scale up their technologies.

Elsewhere, the EU drafted a law to curb deforestation, the UK’s largest urban rewilding scheme was approved, and a revolutionary new drug means people with HIV in Britain will no longer have to take daily pills."

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