A NORTH-EAST lecturer has been given nearly £70,000 to investigate how the sun works.

Dr Anthony Yeates, from Durham University, landed £68,000, as part of an £818,000 grant to the universities of Durham and Dundee.

The aim of the project is to discover the basic physical processes taking place on the sun and throughout the Universe.

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Academics will focus particularly on the solar corona, the outer atmosphere of the sun.