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Welsh artists embrace 3D printing technology in Cardiff

3D printing has been described as the technology that could revolutionise the way we make things.

It involves being able to design something on a computer and then printing it out to make a solid, three dimensional object.

The technology is being used for manufacturing and the world of medicine. Now, a scheme's been launched to help Welsh artists make use of the technology.

Mike Griffiths reports.

Gravestone technology helping to keep history alive

by Joe Davies

The son of a late merchant seaman has helped to develop an interactive experience for people visiting his father's grave in Bridgend.

Charles Davies served in the Arctic Convoys during the second world war - dubbed the 'Suicide Missions' by many taking part - and survived the infamous PQ17 'Convoy to Hell'.

Mr Davies died in 2012 - but now, thanks to his son Joe, anyone with a smartphone or tablet computer can learn more about what he did during the Second World War.

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Local TV: Bids for Bangor, Mold and Swansea services

The first channel in the new local TV network launched at the end of 2013 Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Regulator Ofcom has announced bidders to run local TV services in three areas of Wales.

The successful applicant for the Cardiff service - Made TV - was chosen in 2012.

Liverpool-based Bay TV has bid for Bangor, Mold and Swansea. Another two bidders have come forward for the individuals Mold and Swansea licences respectively - Serch TV and Love Swansea.

More: Cardiff local TV winning bid chosen

Penarth primary school unveils telescope project

The telescope should offer excellent views of the night sky Credit: PA Archive

A primary school in the Vale of Glamorgan will officially open its own space observatory later.

The unveiling of the 9'' diameter telescope takes place at St Joseph's Primary School in Penarth.

It forms part of a project in association with Cardiff University scientists to teach more about astronomy in schools.

The 9'' diameter telescope is housed in a shed on the school grounds Credit: St Joseph's Primary School

Smartphone app hopes to simplify Welsh place names

Barcodes have been set up in hundreds of places of interest around Wales Credit: PA

Many of us have struggled when it comes to pronouncing Welsh place names, and it is easy to see how places like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch could be confusing.

But, a new smartphone app feature has been released which aims to make pronunciation easier.

The new feature, developed by HistoryPoints, uses barcodes placed at hundreds of places of interest around Wales.

By scanning the codes, tablet and smartphone users can access explanations and audio guides for place names.

The information network has also placed codes at viewpoints besides footpaths and roads to help people identify and hear the names of nearby mountains and villages.

There are also explanations for the names of streets, rivers, lakes and even pubs.

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CCTV cameras for Conwy taxi drivers to deter crime

by Rob Shelley

As the busiest time of year for taxi drivers starts, cabs in Conwy are fitting their vehicles with CCTV cameras as part of a pilot scheme to deter crime.

It is the first county in North Wales to try it.

The scheme is being backed by North Wales Police and Conwy Council - but the move comes as some councils in England have been told to take cameras away from cabs because it breaches people's privacy rights.

Taxi drivers install CCTV cameras

A pilot scheme will run until the end of next year Credit: PA

Taxi drivers in Conwy are installing CCTV cameras in their vehicles as part of a scheme to reduce crime.

The project, which will be piloted until the end of next year, has been encouraged by Conwy County Borough Council.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide a safer environment for drivers and passengers.

But there are some concerns that schemes such as this one, already trialed and ended in other parts of the country, may breach privacy laws.

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