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.
Tyneside is playing host to the British Science Festival this week. It's the seventh time Newcastle has been chosen to hold the lectures, events and workshops.
It's been organised by the British Science Association who say it's not just for academics - anybody can get involved.
Some of the scariest characters from the silver screen have invaded Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar. Visitors to the Invasion exhibition are greeted by a Martian from Mars Attacks.
Star Wars fans can come face to face with Yoda and Chewbacca at Kirkleatham Museum. Invasion, an exhibition of sci-fi movie costumes and models, runs until November.
Star Wars fans can come face to face with Yoda and Chewbacca at Kirkleatham Museum.
Invasion, an exhibition of sci-fi movie costumes and models, opens tomorrow.
In space no one can hear you scream.
Models and costumes from the cult sci-fi film Alien are on display at Kirkleatham Museum.
They're part of the Invasion exhibition which also includes displays from Star Wars, The X Files, Mars Attacks, Star Trek and other sci-fi movies.
The exhibition begins tomorrow and runs till November.
Nature reserves in North Yorkshire are using lottery money to help protect endangered species of butterfly.
Good summer weather has helped to boost numbers at reserves near Goathland and the River Ouse near York.
The North East has been playing host to some unexpected marine life.
Whale-watching project ORCA recently spotted a humpback whale, among other creatures believed to have been brought here by the warm weather.
A large area of the north is bidding to become the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe.
It could boost tourism in Northumberland, along with other benefits.
Duncan Wise, the Dark Sky Project leader, spoke to Pam and Ian.
Budding scientists from Newcastle University took to the streets of the city to show people the science behind home-made musical instruments.
They are promoting the British Science Festival which gets underway in September.
Shoppers in Newcastle had a musical surprise when street performers started playing home-made instruments!
The students, from Newcastle University, played shoe box guitars and noisy straws.
They showed passers by how to play them too ahead of the British Science Festival which launches in September.