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Science Central officially opens in Newcastle

Cities Minister Greg Clark (centre) Credit: ITV News

A new £250m Science and Technology Hub has been officially opened in Newcastle. Science Central, on the site of the former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, is a partnership between the local council, Newcastle University and private companies. Cities Minister Greg Clark opened the building today - he also signed off a £330m of Government investment in local infrastructure and businesses. The government believes that by 2021 the growth deal has the potential to create 5,000 new jobs for the North East.

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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.

Watch: Remarkable moment when paralysed man walks again

This film shows the incredible moment when a man paralysed in a car accident 10 years ago was able to walk again, thanks to a robotic skeleton.

Gareth Herridge was left with no mobility below his chest and severely restricted arm movement.

To celebrate his 32nd birthday, Mr Herridge was able to try on the ground-breaking technology at James Cook University hospital in Middlesbrough.

The Rex robotic skeleton supports the body in an upright position, allowing the paralysed user to walk forward and backwards and shuffle from side to side without the aid of crutches.

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Lancaster hanger grounded by engine problem

A Lancaster bomber that attracted thousands of visitors to Durham Tees Valley airport has cancelled its planned weekend events because of an engine problem.

The World War Two plane, which belongs to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, ran into trouble as it flew away from the North East. It is now hangared and undergoing maintenance.

70-year-old wartime plane returns to North East airfield

Huge crowds visited Durham Tees Valley Airport to catch a rare glimpse of an iconic wartime aeroplane. The 70-year-old Lancaster Bomber is one of only two in the world which can still fly.

Plane enthusiasts were joined by WWII veterans. They held an emotional memorial service to coincide with the visit of the Lancaster.

Jonny Blair reports:

Picture: Lancaster bomber returns to North East airfield

Lancaster bomber returns to airfield where it was based in WWII

One of the last flying Lancaster Bombers is returning to the airfield where it was based during World War Two.

The Avro Lancaster bomber was built in Canada but operated out of RAF Middleton St George, which is now Durham Tees Valley Airport. The plane will take part in a flypast at 3pm on Thursday, 28th August.

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