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Science and tech enthusiasts learn from top inventors

Tomorrow's inventors have a go at inventing Credit: North News

Thousands flocked to Newcastle's Centre for Life over the weekend to learn learn from some of the most creative inventors in the world at the Maker Fair science festival.

They got the opportunity to get their hands on soldering irons and electrical components to create their own tech.

Maker Faire returns to Tyneside

RoboHand is an interactive art piece originally commissioned for the 2007 Robodock Festival in the Netherlands Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A giant robotic hand with hydraulically-powered fingers that give it the superhuman strength to crush almost anything in its grasp, is one of the headline attractions at the Maker Faire UK exhibition held at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle this weekend (26 & 27 April).

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Newcastle-born professor wins freedom of city

Professor Peter Higgs Credit: PA Wire

Newcastle-born scientist Professor Peter Higgs will receive the Freedom of the City of Newcastle today.

The Nobel Prize winner will attend a special ceremony at the civic centre this afternoon, where a plaque will be unveiled in his honour.

Prof Higgs was first to predict the existence of what became known as the Higgs boson particle..

He was born in Elswick in Newcastle in 1929 and spent his early life in the city.

He has gone on to become one of the world's most famous scientists and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics late last year.

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