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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
“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,”
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.
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.
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.
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.
A medical study begun on Tyneside 67 years ago has found a link between childhood infections and hearing loss in later life.
The so-called Red Spot study has been looking at more than 1100 babies born in Newcastle from 1947 to the present day, measuring their health and development.
The charity Action on Hearing Loss has funded the study.
Dr Mark Pearce of Newcastle University led the study. He says findings show that childhood illnesses could have long-lasting consequences.
Caroline O'Doherty from the Sick Children's Trust explains how much hard work went into building and opening the new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital which houses families of poorly children.
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'.