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Alan the Robot heads to Japan

A robot called Alan's earned two schoolgirls from Wirral a place in a competition in Japan. Anna Sass and Lilly Hudson, students at Prenton High School, built and programmed it themselves. It's part of a project to help develop robots that will eventually be used in real-life search and rescue missions.

Sixty years of Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

It's the anniversary of one of the most iconic structures in the region.

Jodrell Bank radio telescope in Cheshire was first put into operation 60 years ago today.

The project was launched in 1949 when scientist Bernard Lovell decided to construct a 250ft steerable telescope, which would enable him to examine cosmic rays, meteors and the radio waves from the deepest reaches of the universe.

Working closely with Sheffield engineer H. C. Husband construction got underway in 1952. It was largely completed five years later and the various stages of operation began.

And it has been at the forefront of scientific research ever since.

Sir Bernard Lovell Credit: Phil Noble/PA Archive/PA Images


Film and TV "centre of excellence" for Liverpool

There are plans to make a multi million pound Film and TV hub in Liverpool. Part of the proposal includes the acquisition of the former Littlewoods building on Edge Lane, one of the most famous structures in the city.

The Littlewoods Credit: Liverpool Film Office

Sir John Moores, and his brother Cecil were the owners of Littlewoods which was the country’s wealthiest family owned business empire, covering department chain stores, catalogue shopping, and football pools. The building was constructed during 1938 in an art deco style, it was used to used to process the betting slips from the Football Pools.

Liverpool City council is hoping the new media hub will contribute to regeneration, job creation and promote further investment.

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