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Mobile phone boost for Cornwall

Mobile phone reception in Cornwall should soon improve Credit: PA

Cornwall is to get 35 new phone masts around its coast as part of a nationwide project to improve mobile reception.

The £5 million government project will be targeted at villages where there is no signal. It comes after David Cameron complained about poor coverage while on holiday.

David Cameron and his wife Sam on holiday in Polzeath in Cornwall in August Credit: PA

Exeter's Met Office to get a £97m "supercomputer"

What the supercomputer could look like Credit: Met Office

The Met Office in Exeter is to get a new super computer - costing £97 million.

It'll be able to perform 16,000 trillion calculations a second and will weigh the equivalent of 11 double decker buses.

It will be able to provide very high detail weather information for precise geographical areas and help predict events such as flooding and heavy snowfall more effectively.

It's being welcomed by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.

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Totnes pound heads into cyber space

Totnes pounds being printed - could the paper version be taken over? Credit: ITV Westcountry

A new app will allow people to pay for goods and services in Totnes pounds using their smart phones.

The town has had its own currency for several years, encouraging people to trade locally.

The phone app has been developed by the team running the more recent Bristol pound, which has been taken up by 500 traders.

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Cliff railway wins engineering award

A photo of the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway dating from 1931 Credit: PA

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.

Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.

The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Giant Broadband cable being laid off the Scillies

A giant cable is being laid to give the Isles of Scilly Superfast Broadband. Engineers are using a ship moored off St Mary's to bring a 60 kilometre cable to the shore.

It will be connected to a high speed line that runs from Cornwall to Spain deep under the sea

The cable-laying ship, Resolute, moored off St Mary's, Isles of Scilly Credit: ITV News West Country

It will mean islanders have much faster internet access.

Jeremy Steventon-Barnes from BT says the cable will be buried out of the way, deep in the sand.

New green energy projects could be set up in region

New green energy projects could be set up in region Credit: ITV News West Country

There could be two new green energy projects set up off the North coast of Devon and Cornwall. The Crown Estate, which manages the UK seabed, has given approval for leases on two sites - one for a wave energy scheme off North Cornwall ,the other a tidal based project off North Devon.

A wave hub is currently in place off St Ives.

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