A jet fighter has successfully flown at BAE systems in Lancashire, for the first time using parts made by using 3D printing technology.
The Tornado, like this one, flew at the company's airfield in Warton.
BAE engineers believe the process will cut the Royal Air Force the maintainance bill by more that £1.2 million pounds over the next four years
BAE Systems is working at RAF Marham, Norfolk to engineer ready-made parts for four squadrons of Tornado GR4 aircraft, including protective covers for cockpit radios and guards for power take-off shafts. Some of the parts cost less than £100.
Mike Murray, head of airframe integration at BAE Systems, said: "You are suddenly not fixed in terms of where you have to manufacture these things.
You can manufacture the products at whatever base you want, providing you can get a machine there, which means you can also start to support other platforms such as ships and aircraft carriers.
"And if it's feasible to get machines out on the front line, it also gives improved capability where we wouldn't traditionally have any manufacturing support."
A letter sent from Alan Turing to his mathematician friend Norman Routledge shows the codebreaker's worries and "distress" ahead of pleading guilty to gross indecency in 1952.
An excerpt from the communication is printed on the website Letters of Note, citing a Turing biography by Andrew Hodges.
I've now got myself into the kind of trouble that I have always considered to be quite a possibility for me, though I have usually rated it at about 10:1 against.
I shall shortly be pleading guilty to a charge of sexual offences with a young man.
The story of how it all came to be found out is a long and fascinating one, which I shall have to make into a short story one day, but haven't the time to tell you now.
No doubt I shall emerge from it all a different man, but quite who I've not found out.
Glad you enjoyed broadcast. Jefferson certainly was rather disappointing though.
I'm afraid that the following syllogism may be used by some in the future.
Turing believes machines thinkTuring lies with menTherefore machines do not think
Yours in distress,
Campaigner William Jones, who began the petition to give Alan Turing a Royal pardon in 2011, has said he is "very happy" about today's news.
Talking about the Royal pardon, he said:
"This is fantastic for Alan Turing - but this is not the end of the story for the gay, lesbian and bi-sexual people who were convicted in similar cases.
For them, the campaign continues."
John Leech, the Liberal Democrat MP for Manchester Withington has been a leading figure in the campaign to pardon Alan Turing.
The gay computer pioneer was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, when homosexual acts were illegal in the UK.
Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon.
The mathematician from Wilmslow was convicted under homophobic laws in the 1950s.
Turing saved thousands of lives through his code breaking work in the Second World War.
Dr Turing, who died aged 41 in 1954 and is often described as the father of modern computing, has been granted a pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy by the Queen following a request from Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
For more, read: Centenary of the local inventor of the modern computer
An artist from Chershire has just published what could be the world's most realistic finger painting on his computer.
Kyle Lambert created a picture of actor/director Morgan Freeman using about quarter of a million finger strokes on his iPad.
You can see a speeded up version of how this was done by clicking on the following link:-
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Hewlett-Packard plans to axe nearly 500 in its northern region - many of them in Warrington.
The firm says it's already started consultation over the proposals for 2014.
Unions and politicians have criticised the plan.
Daniel Hewitt reports:
HP remains committed to supporting the employability of its employees through a number of internal initiatives, including re-skilling, redeployment and support to obtain alternative employment as appropriate.
Technology firm Hewlett-Packard has not denied claims by the Unite union that 1,100 jobs are at risk in the UK:
Sources at Hewlett Packard not denying 1,100 jobs at risk across UK, say they're consulting on numbers