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Pioneering thermal technology to detect cyclists at junctions in York

Pioneering thermal imaging technology is set to be introduced on key cycle routes in York to help improve cycle safety.

The new technology will accurately detect cyclists at signals by their 'heat signature', allowing the signals to adjust to give more 'green time' for cyclists.

The thermal technology was first introduced by Transport for London (TFL) last year as part of the cycle superhighway network.

Fulford Road/Hospital Fields Road junction will become one of the first sites to benefit from the new thermal technology in May 2016. The authority will roll out the new technology at junctions with high levels of cycle use across the city.

The scheme is all part of a multi million pound overhaul of York’s ageing traffic signals – the largest scheme the city has seen in over 20-years.

Red Arrows leave for overseas training

Preparing for take off Credit: RAF Red Arrows

Eleven jets from the Red Arrows aerobatic team have left their Lincolnshire base bound for the Squadron’s annual overseas training – known as Exercise Springhawk.

The Hawk aircraft took off from RAF Scampton and flew to Germany for refuelling, before continuing to Albania and staying overnight in Tirana this evening.

It is the first time the Squadron has formally visited the country and will provide a chance for the team to meet military officers and NATO partners in Albania. The aircraft will then complete the transit to Greece tomorrow.

Heading for overseas training Credit: RAF Red Arrows

For the next five weeks, the team – including pilots, engineers and other support personnel – will operate from Tanagra, an Helenic Air Force base, as they prepare for the 2016 season.

The annual training sees the Red Arrows fly three times a day, five days a week, to perfect their performance.

The overseas location provides the better weather which is essential to enable the team to practice and polish the 2016 display, which will be seen by millions of people this summer. It will be the Red Arrows’ 52nd display season since the first in 1965.

52nd display season Credit: RAF Red Arrows

Exercise Springhawk is the final part of the pre-season preparation and is also when senior Royal Air Force officers assess the team and decide whether to give approval for the Red Arrows to display in front of the public – known as Public Display Authority (PDA).

It is hoped the Red Arrows will attain PDA at the end of April before returning to the UK. Fore more information on the Red Arrows click here

Reports of laser attacks on planes on the increase

Lasers can temporarily blind pilots

A Yorkshire MP says more legislation is needed to stop laser pen attacks on airline pilots.

Greg Mullholland, who represents Leeds North West, says it is a particular problem at Leeds Bradford airport,where half of pilots over the last 12 months have reported laser pen attacks.

Shining a laser at a plane became a criminal offence in 2010. The Civil Aviation Authority says pilots can be temporarily blinded by the beam and the pointers pose a serious safety risk especially during take-off or landing.

Mr Mulholland raised the issue in Parliament, asking Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin what could be done to stop the 'dangerous practice", suggesting licensing or even classification of the pens as offensive weapons.

Mr McLoughlin replied that there were a number of measures being considered across Government departments and it was something he took very seriously, particularly in the light of certain recent events.

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Sheffield school pupil recognised as future technology leader

A school pupil from Sheffield has been recognised as a future leader in technology after winning the 'One to Watch Category' in the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards. 15-year-old Nayana Dasgupta has inspired her fellow pupils by setting up a coding club at Sheffield High School.

I am so honoured to win this award, and surprised! I didn’t think I would even be shortlisted. I'd like to thank my parents and my family for being so supportive when I was young and interested in computers. I’d also like to thank Sheffield High School for introducing computer science into the curriculum and encouraging me and future pupils in this area.

– Nayana Dasgupta

The everywoman award scheme celebrates women in technology.

Siemens vision of its future in Hull

2016 will see the culmination of the years of planning that have gone into the multi-million pound Siemens development. Around 1,000 jobs will be created at what will be the biggest wind turbine factory in Europe.

The plant is due to open in September and after years of steady decline, it should bring much needed prosperity to the city of Hull. James Webster has been given an exclusive tour of the site to see how work is progressing and meet some of those hoping to work there.

After his tour, James met up with the Siemens Project Director, Finbarr Dowling, to find out more about the company's vision for their future in Hull.

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