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11,000 jobs to be created by science park

It's being billed as a hugely significant development for the region.

The expansion of a County Durham business park with the creation of around ten thousand jobs.

Netpark, in Sedgfield, is an industrial site that hosts companies specialising in groundbreaking products.

It has unveiled plans that would bring in 200 new businesses and, it says, make it a global leader in its field.

Our correspondent Kenny Toal has the story.

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What science can learn from a 13th century Bishop?

It is an argument that's raged through the centuries: do science and religion mix?

Researchers at Durham University claim that not only do the two work well together, but it was a thirteenth century Bishop who ushered in a new age in scientific reasoning.

Historians and scientists have been studying the 800 year old writings, and say they can shed light on today's big questions in science.

Richard Wilson reports.

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Thousands of jobs to be created at science park

NETPark expansion plans Credit: Business Durham

Up to 3,500 jobs could be created in County Durham over the next ten years under plans to dramatically expand a science park.

The council's cabinet has approved nearly £13 million in funding to triple the size of the North East Technology Park (NETpark) in Sedgefield.

It's estimated that a further 7,500 jobs could be created in the local manufacturing and service sectors.

The park is celebrating it's tenth birthday this year.

Could this be the car of the future?

The lifesize concept car is on display in Newcastle

A driverless car has gone on display at Science Central in Newcastle. The car, inspired by Durham Cathedral, is called The Mini Cathedral and was designed by Sunderland born artist Dominic Wilcox. It is the first in a series of installations. This one looks at the future of transport.

This idea is a 'sleep car' with a bed inside

With the driver freed from actually driving, Wilcox had the idea of making vehicle's into a mobile office or a Jacuzzi car, a sunbed on wheels or a cocktail bar. This model is a 'sleep car'.

Dominic Wilcox had many ideas for what could go inside the car

“If there are no collisions, designers will no longer be restricted by the need to include the safety equipment we see in modern-day cars,”

– Dominic Wilcox, Artist

With no need for an airbag, steering wheel or gear stick – Wilcox was free to “create a living space on wheels”. The prototype has only a bed inside, where the passengers can sleep while the car takes them to their destination.

The design demonstrates the possibilities that driverless technologies make the roads safe enough for cars made of glass.
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Durham scientists work on space telescope

One of the North East's universities has been named as the top centre in Europe for space science, an accolade that is well deserved.

Durham University scientists are working on the most advanced space telescope to be launched into Earth's orbit.

As well as working with current scientists, the university is reaching out to the next generation.

Richard Wilson reports.

University enthuses children in science

Dr Pete Edwards enthusing youngsters in science Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham University is holding a science festival this week to get children interested in science and technology over half term.

The university has an active out reach programme which aims to enthuse youngsters and find the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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University scientists work on new space telescope

Prof Martin Ward looks at a model of the James Webb Space Telescope Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Space technology scientists at Durham University are working on an orbital telescope which will be able to see stars at the very edge of the universe.

The James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch in 2018 and will replace the Hubble Telescope.

'This will be a Godsend...' says Dec after opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital

After opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital, alongside Alan Shearer, Declan Donnelly, from celebrity duo Ant & Dec said the opportunity for families to be able to stay with their children during their heart operations 'at a really incredibly stressful time' would be 'a Godsend'.

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