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Investigation into rail accident

Rail workers were left "extremely shaken" after a train from Manchester hit a maintenance rail trolley in the early hours of this morning. It was travelling to Shrewsbury when it struck the truck outside the town. There were no injuries.

"Three men who were working on the tracks at the time managed to move out of the way and were uninjured but have been left extremely shaken. The train remained upright but has been badly damaged by the trolley which was lodged underneath it. Officers will now be working to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch and Office of Rail Regulation will be informed."

– British Transport Police spokeswoman


Fighter flies over Lancashire thanks to 3D printer

RAF Tornado fighter jets are to be maintained using 3D printer generated parts

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."

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Turing's 'distress' letter sent to friends before conviction

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.

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Yours in distress,


– Letter from Alan Turing to Norman Routledge

Campaigner 'very happy' about Royal pardon

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."

– William Jones, campaigner


Wilmslow WW2 code-breaker Turing receives pardon

Alan Turing

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

Computer painting that's setting new standards

The stunning portrait of Morgan Freeman created on Kyle's iPad Credit: Kyle Lambert

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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