A doomsday list of "existential risks" that could threaten our planet has been drawn up by leading scientists.
Stargazers are hoping that a remote corner of the North East will become Europe's largest Dark Sky Park.
An expert from the University of Durham says there's evidence that a big cat prowled the countryside more than a century ago.
Olympic football star Steph Houghton and world-renowned neurosurgeon Professor Sir Graham M Teasdale are to be honoured by the University of Sunderland.
They will receive honorary degrees from Chancellor of the University, Steve Cram, in December.
Using a hands-free kit in the car can be almost as distracting as talking on a mobile phone, according to research by Newcastle University.
It's been illegal to drive whilst talking on your phone for almost a decade, but a road safety charity has found thousands of drivers in the region have been caught. Now they're calling for an outright ban, as Katie Oakes reports.
This year's British Science Festival is drawing to a close on Tyneside, but the all important research goes on.
An ambitious project is taking place at the Baltic 39 art gallery in Newcastle.
One of the things that makes human beings unique is our ability to appreciate art and scientists are trying to work out why this is by examining the human brain.
Watch the full report from Richard Wilson below.
The British Science festival aims is to encourage people to take an interest in everything scientific.
But with the latest round of GCSE results showing a drop in science grades, there is a big drive to encourage children and young people to get excited about science.
The science festival is attracting some big names from scientific world.
Durham University's Professor Carlos Frenk is president of astronomy and physics at the British Science Festival.
He spoke to out reporter Richard Wilson about the great science currently taking place in the North East.
Richard Wilson talks to the renowned physicist and TV scientist Professor Brian Cox about science in the North East, big science in the Large Hadron Collider at the Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), the universe and everything.
A team of scientists have taken to the streets of the Newcastle to promote "Street Science".
It's part of the British Science Festival which is taking place on Tyneside this week.
Professor Robert Winston has offered his support to the British Science Festival which is taking place on Tyneside this week.
Lord Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, said: "The North East of England is a powerhouse of good science and good universities.
"You've got the Centre for Life and so on and you engage the public. So it's important to support that even though it's a long trip from London."