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Solar eclipse time-laspe

The Moon took more than two hours to transit the sun during this morning's solar eclipse. But here you can watch it in 30 seconds.

This time-lapse video, which has been speeded up 50 times, was shot by one of our cameramen at Kielder Observatory.

The sun appears to move across the screen but it is actually the earth that is moving as it rotates around it's axis.

Throughout the transit our cameraman had to reposition the camera several times to keep the Sun in shot.


Chance to see the Northern Lights TONIGHT

Credit: Ivor Miller

Anyone in the north might have a chance of seeing the Northern Lights tonight.

They are caused when charged particles from the sun hit the Earth's atmosphere.

There was a large explosion on the Sun on Sunday - sending magnetically charged particles our way.

The main trouble we will have is with cloud amounts. Clearer skies are expected in the west overnight - but even then you will need a lot of luck

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Newcastle University pioneers DNA profiling treatment

The medical technique has been pioneered by scientists at Newcastle University. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A new medical technique which uses a patient's DNA to diagnose rare conditions has been used for the first time in the UK.

The technique has been developed at Newcastle University and uses an individual's genetic blueprint to enable doctors to personalise medical care.

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will meet with medical experts at Newcastle's Centre for Life where the research was carried out.

UK becomes first country to legalise three-person babies

The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies using DNA from three people.

It comes after peers in the House of Lords threw out an attempt to block the plan by 280 votes to 48.

Scientists at Newcastle University have developed the controversial technique, saying it could help women with genetic illnesses to have children.

MPs voted in favour of making it legal, but critics say it's unethical and a slippery slope to allowing designer babies.

Next step - Mars

Simulation Alpha Outpost will train up the potential astronauts Credit: Mars One

50 men and 50 women are hoping to set up a human colony on Mars. The have been chosen from more than 200 thousand applicants from all over the world.

Eight Britons are among the 100 potential pioneers, including Durham University astro physics student Hannah Earnshaw.

Each one participated in a personal online interview with Norbert Kraft, M.D., the mission's Chief Medical Officer.

The candidates had to show they understood the risks involved and talk about their motivation to be part of what will undoubtably be a life changing expedition.

“The large cut in candidates is an important step towards finding out who has the right stuff to go to Mars,” said Bas Lansdorp, Co-founder & CEO of Mars One. “These aspiring martians provide the world with a glimpse into who the modern day explorers will be.”

Would you go on a one way trip to Mars?

What a human base on Mars might look like Credit: Mars One

Could you leave your family, friends, everything behind to put your name in the history books?

Over 200 thousand people applied to be among the first members of the human race to go to Mars.

That number has been whittled down to 100, all wanting to trek in the final frontier.

Hannah Earnshaw could be heading on a one way to Mars Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham University student Hannah Earnshaw is one of them.

The 22-year-old has been shortlisted for the Mars One mission to set up a permanent presence more 50 million km from Earth.

On the up side she could help create the first human colony on Mars. On the down side she will never be able to come home.

It will be a one trip as the limited technology will only be able to get them to the red planet.

Would you give up everything you have here on Earth to to be a a space pioneer?

If someone close to you decided they wanted take one big leap for mankind but never come home would you let them go?

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