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Newcastle’s up-and-coming rappers and writers are being given a chance to shine thanks to a crowdfunding initiative. Young Writers’ City is a long-term and in-depth scheme aimed at creative youngsters attending Excelsior Academy in Newcastle’s West End.  Every week, the Young Writers’ City project brings three professional musicians or writers into...
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Britain’s first three-parent babies may be coming soon – thanks to Newcastle University receiving permission to conduct IVF procedures using the DNA of two women. A technique developed by Newcastle University researchers means that doctors can substitute an egg’s defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA transplanted from a female donor. Alternatively,...
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The Sixties Gold Farewell Tour is set to call in at Sage Gateshead this November. The tour will feature a stunning line-up, including Liverpool bands The Merseybeats and The Searchers, American rock ‘n’ roller PJ Proby, and vocal harmony specialists The Fortunes. Also on the bill will be Steve Ellis –...
60% of North East Businesses Dissatisfied with North East's Infrastructure
A report by the employers’ organisation the CBI has found that 60% of the north east’s businesses feel the region’s infrastructure is in need of improvement. The same report claims, however, that if the local infrastructure was boosted, it could benefit the north east’s economy by £5.5 billion a...
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A Newcastle student has launched an innovative business to help save the world’s oceans from the perils of pollution. Nathan Smith, 21 – a second-year Entrepreneurial Business Management (EBM) student at Northumbria University – has established a start-up that aims to reduce the problems caused by ghostnets and pollution from...
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A rare collection of extraordinary books has inspired no less than 22 up-and-coming north-east artists to contribute to an exhibition at Newcastle City Library. Love Big Books – which begins on 2nd November – will feature a diverse range of artworks based on the library’s fifth size books. Visual artists,...
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In the last year, almost 80 pet dogs were stolen in the north east and most were never reunited with their owners.  Police figures show that 50 dogs in Northumbria and 29 in County Durham were reported as having been snatched. Some dogs are stolen because they belong to expensive, in-demand...
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Scientists at Newcastle University have managed to make artificial corneas using 3D printers. The cornea – the outermost layer of the eye – plays an important role in focusing vision. It is possible to transplant donated corneas, but – with around 10 million people worldwide needing cornea surgery to rescue...
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While some folks might be jetting off abroad this bank holiday weekend to catch a bit of sun, what are the prospects for those staying in the north east?  Though predicting the weather is far from an exact science, the forecasts are saying that we’re likely to have quite a...
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An academic at Newcastle’s Northumbria University is developing a new type of concrete that could massively reduce deaths and injuries in the event of a terrorist attack. Dr Alan Richardson – in collaboration with colleagues at universities in Canada and India – is working on an innovative material that uses...

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