The Higgs boson has been hitting the headlines, but what exactly is it?
Ask Professor Peter Higgs about the particle, which bears his name and you will more than likely get a humble response.
A bid to make Northumberland's sky Europe's largest area of protected night sky has now been put forward.
Watch Helen Ford's interview with the Foreign Secretary and MP for Richmond here:
On tonight's Around The House, William Hague talks to Helen Ford about his commitment to the campaign to stop rape being used as a weapon of war.
He has joined forces with the actress Angelina Jolie, who is a Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency, the UNHCR.
Around The House, tonight (Thursday) at 11:45pm on ITV
In tonight's programme; a special interview with the Foreign Secretary and Richmond MP William Hague, and a panel of MPs consider the pros and cons of Free Schools.
The Foreign Secretary and North Yorkshire MP William Hague is a guest on our political programme Around The House on Thursday evening.
He spoke with our correspondent Helen Ford about the Government's record in boosting the North East economy.
Mr Hague also talked about his commitment to the campaign to stop rape being used as a weapon of war.
On tonight's political programme (Thursday 24 October) William Hague talks to Helen Ford about the challenges facing the Conservatives in the north.
The Foreign Secretary and MP for Richmond also describes his international campaign with Angelina Jolie to stop rape as a weapon of war.
Also in the programme, Dan Ashby reports on Free Schools, followed by a studio discussion with North East MPs Pat Glass, James Wharton and Ian Swales.
Around The House is at 11.45pm tonight on ITV.
Parents were only given a week's notice of today's strike action. Many have been forced to take the day off work to look after their children due to school closures.
One charity in Durham offered childcare for just £5 to take the pressure off working parents.
Hundreds of teachers have marched through the streets of Durham as their fight with the Government over changes to pay and conditions reaches boiling point.
Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to alter teachers pensions and introduce performance related pay. Unions say the move will devastate the profession and children's education.
Thousands of teachers have been protesting against Government plans to link salary with performance and pension changes.
Some teachers said the strike action is "a necessary evil".
@itvtynetees School closed which makes me consider issuing them a fine for my kids having to stay home in term time, good enough for them!!
On Facebook, Jane Caithness Turner says:
"I agree with them. they should voice their anger, as we all should... If we all work until 68 there will not be any jobs for youth... Teachers work harder than MPs, time for fairness."
On Facebook, Antonio Barbaro says:
"A strike is always a last resort and for a profession as dedicated as teachers to come out on strike takes a lot. Backing them 100%. Good luck to them."
Teachers from across the region set of on a march across Durham as part of a pay and working conditions strike.