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Satellite to carry out first 'census of the Milky Way'

The Gaia project. Credit: ESA

Secrets of the galaxy captured by a satellite made in Hertfordshire are to be revealed at an event in London.

The Gaia project's mission is to map and collect data on one billion stars. It was designed in the airbus space facility in Stevenage.

Its initial findings will be presented at the Royal Astronomical Society.

Professor Gerry Gilmore, Cambridge University, said: "Gaia is the most precise measuring machine ever built.

"It's a big satellite and is in operation one and a half million kilometres away from us. It is doing the first ever census of the milky way."

Scientists use brain scans to monitor teenager changes

Scientists have used brain scans to map the changes that occur in teenagers.

Dr Kirstie Whitaker is from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge:

The research could help explain why the first signs of mental health problems emerge in adolescence, according to experts from the University of Cambridge.

Nearly 300 14-24 year-olds had MRI scans to study the structure of their brains.

By comparing the brains of teenagers of different ages, the researchers found that the outer regions of the brain shrink in size, becoming thinner.

As this happens, levels of myelin - the sheath that "insulates" nerve fibres, allowing them to communicate efficiently - increase within the outer regions.

Previously, myelin was thought mainly to reside in the "white matter," the tissue that connects areas of the brain, but this study shows that it can also be found in the outer regions and that levels increase during the teenage years.

"Adolescence can be a difficult transitional period and it's when we typically see the first signs of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and depression.

"This study gives us a clue why this is the case: it's during these teenage years that those brain regions that have the strongest link to the schizophrenia risk genes are developing most rapidly."

– Professor Ed Bullmore, head of psychiatry at Cambridge
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have used brain scans to map the changes that occur in teenagers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Cambridge based technology company set to be sold to Japanese company

A Cambridge based technology firm is likely to be sold to a Japanese company for 24 billion pounds.

ARM Holdings make microchips for various smartphones including those made by Apple and Samsung. SoftBank, who want to take it over, say it'll double the number of staff.

The Prime Minister has welcomed the investment but the local MP is more cautious.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's David Wood.

ARM Holdings takeover: Founder says 'It's a sad day for technology in Britain'

Hermann Hauser is the founder of ARM Holdings Credit: Hermann Hauser

The founder of ARM Holdings says the takeover of the Cambridge company by a Japanese firm is a 'sad day for technology in Britain'.

Hermann Hauser says the creation of ARM Holdings has been the 'proudest moment' in his life.

The company makes chips for smartphone brands such as Apple and Samsung and employs 3,000 people in Cambridge at the Science Park.

ARM Holdings, Cambridge Science Park Credit: ITV News Anglia

"ARM has been the proudest achievement in my life and so it's a very sad day for me personally and for technology in Britain."

– Hermann Hauser, ARMS founder

Japanese internet giant SoftBank has said it will double the number of staff in the UK. While the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has welcomed the sale, calling it a 'vote of confidence' in Britain.

But the MP for Cambridge Daniel Zeichner is not convinced, raising concerns about what happens in the long term.

Watch a short clip with Hermann Hauser.

Cambridge MP cautious over ARM Holdings takeover

Daniel Zeichner MP, Cambridge, Labour Credit: ITV News Anglia

A technology company based in Cambridge is being bought by a Japanese firm for more than 23 billion pounds.

ARM Holdings, which makes chips for smartphone brands including Apple and Samsung, employs around 1,200 people in the city.

Its new owners, the Japanese internet giant SoftBank has said it will double the number of UK staff.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, welcomed the sale calling it a "vote of confidence" in Britain.

However, the MP of Cambridge Daniel Zeichner isn't convinced.

ARM Holdings Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Well of course the promises are great, but how are those promises going to be guaranteed? Do we know what will happen in 6 months or a year? Do we know much about SoftBank? And they seem to be making some pretty big deals across the world. This is a Cambridge success story upon which the future of the United Kingdom is probably depends because this is what we're good at."

– Daniel Zeichner MP, Cambridge, Labour

Cambridge tech firm takeover could double UK workforce

The £24bn takeover of Cambridge technology company ARM Holdings could see its UK workforce doubled. Credit: Bay Area News Group/ABACA/PA Images

The £24bn takeover of Cambridge technology company ARM Holdings could see its UK workforce doubled. It employs more than 3,000 people in Cambridgeshire.

The British company is a major presence in mobile procession, with its processor and graphics technology used by Samsung, Huawei and Apple in their in-house designed microchips.

The deal has been welcomed by the new Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond who said it shows that Britain had lost "lost none of its allure to international investors" following Brexit.

The Chancellor Philip Hammond says the deal guarantees to double the number of jobs in the UK. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

"This £24 billion investment would be the largest ever from Asia into the UK.

"It would guarantee to double the number of jobs in ARM in the UK over the next five years and turn this great British company into a global phenomenon.

"Britain is open for business - and open to foreign investment. Softbank's decision confirms that Britain remains one of the most attractive destinations globally for investors to create jobs and wealth. And as ARM's founders will testify, this is the greatest place in the world to start and grow a technology business."

– Philip Hammond, Chancellor
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