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Boost for BAE in Lancashire after radar contract

Defence giant BAE Systems, which employs around 10,000 people in Lancashire, says that the nations behind the Eurofighter have agreed to a contract to fit new radar to their aircraft.

The Eurofighter Typhoon will be fitted with new radar Credit: BAE Systems

The company says the contract is worth £365m to BAE Systems who will be the lead on the work.

Much of the fitting will be carried out at the company's site in Warton.

Liverpool man arrested in 'dark web' investigation

Liverpool man arrested in 'dark web' probe Credit: PA Pictures

Six Britons - including one man from Liverpool - have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in running online drug market place Silk Road 2.0, and one other illegal website, as part of a joint European and US operation.

The suspect from Liverpool, who is 20 years old, was arrested in the same operation which also netted a 19-year-old man from New Waltham, Lincolnshire, a 30-year-old man from Cleethorpes, a 29-year-old man from Aberdovey, Wales, a 58-year-old man from Aberdovey, Wales and a 58-year-old woman from Aberdovey, Wales.

They were all interviewed and bailed, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Silk Road 2.0, which allowed anonymous trade in illegal products such as class A drugs, firearms and false documents, was shut down yesterday by the FBI and Europol and its alleged 26-year-old operator was arrested.

The arrests come as Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, warned the internet and other communications platforms cannot become a safe haven for criminality.

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Morecambe MP wants tunnel under bay

David Morris wants a transport tunnel under Morecambe Bay Credit: Creative Commons

The Morecambe and Lunesdale MP says he will move for a transport tunnel under Morecambe Bay.

The National Grid plans to build a tunnel for utilities, and Mr Morris said the same structure could be used for vehicles.

He said: “I have tabled a Parliamentary question and already have had a conversation with the Chancellor George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Transport about the prospect of a tunnel under Morecambe Bay. There will be mutual benefits, a tunnel would improve the economy here in Morecambe & Lunesdale allowing people from places like Barrow easy access to day trip to Morecambe and will give commuters better access to the other side of the bay especially those who work at places such as BAE Systems in Barrow. A tunnel would also open up some of the health care services currently available across the other side of the bay.”

Mr Morris continued: “I must stress it is very early days but I do endorse the National Grid’s tunnel option and it does prove that a traffic tunnel can be built. I am quietly confident with enough support we can make this a reality.

“The Chancellor has already announced plans to link Northern cities via rail and I think this tunnel would complement that plan nicely.”

An exhibition featuring one of the world's greatest experiments opens in Manchester

The research facility Atlas of CERN in Geneva. Credit: : Rainer Jensen/DPA/Press Association Images

An exhibition of one of the greatest scientific experiments of our time opens in Manchester.

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is the first stop in a tour of the Large Hadron Collider exhibition.

It 'transports' visitors into a virtual a tour of the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva.

Professor Brian Cox at National Television Awards. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester, has a cameo role in the critically acclaimed exhibition.

He said,

"I'm looking forward to seeing Collider open in Manchester, not just because it's my home town.

In the exhibition I only get to be the tea boy, but I can tell you that CERN is an extraordinary place, and the exhibition team have done a great job of capturing the excitement, awe and wonder of the LHC and particle physics."

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Asteroids 'causing nuclear-scale explosions above Earth'

Powerful asteroids hitting the Earth's atmosphere caused 26 nuclear-scale explosions between 2000 and 2013, including one that was much stronger than the atom bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, a report has found.

Artist's impression of the asteroid belt surrounding the star Vega, the second brightest star in the northern night sky Credit: PA/Nasa

The findings came from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation, a global infrasound network that detects nuclear weapon detonations and recorded the impacts over 13 years.

Most explosions occurred too high in the atmosphere to cause any serious damage on Earth but "the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’-sized asteroid has been blind luck," said former astronaut Ed Lu as he revealed the data at the Museum of Flight in Seattle today, NBC reported.

Mr Lu added that while large asteroids have been detected, "less than 10,000 of the more than a million dangerous asteroids with the potential to destroy an entire major metropolitan area have been found."

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