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Cold sores traced back to bronze age The spread of the modern-day cold sore has been traced back to the Bronze Age and linked to the advent of kissing in a new DNA study. Research suggests the HSV-1 strain of the herpes virus arose in the wake of vast migrations of people from Eurasia to…

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NASA’s new Moon rocket to launch as soon as August NASA’s mission to return to the Moon, the Artemis programme, could launch its first uncrewed test flight as soon as August 29, the space agency said July 20. Artemis-1 is the first in a series of missions as the United States seeks to return humans…

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The need to doubt our doubts

Everyday Philosophy Philosophy is having a bit of a moment in Ireland. It became a Junior Certificate short course in 2016, and there are moves afoot to make it a Leaving Certificate subject. The Philosophy Ireland organisation is running more workshops every year, in schools, workplaces and prisons. Our president made the promotion of philosophy…

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Young Church

As the summer months continue, it has been a time to reflect, pause and even plan for the year ahead. For any of us linked to the school year – we are in the privileged position of having two new years to consider – both January and September. It always gets me thinking about what…

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Free mental health services ‘vital’ with rising cost of living Turn2Me, a national mental health charity, has stated that free mental health services are absolutely vital, now more than ever, with the rising costs of living. The charity stated an increased number of users reported feeling anxious about the rising cost of living, and that…

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Hidden hazards of air pollution

Medical matters The air we breathe and the environment around us have impacts on our health that in the past were unknown. In fact, air pollution as been described as the “invisible killer” and has been cited by the WHO as the new “tobacco” and a “public health emergency”. Up to 43% of lung diseases…

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The ocean of God

Mindful Living To talk about what matters most in life we often have to turn to metaphor because words are inadequate to the task. James Finley has an evocative metaphor that captures an essential truth about the human condition. He suggests that we spend a great deal of time walking on the outer circumference of…

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Shapeshifting microrobots brush and floss teeth A shapeshifting robotic micro-swarm may one day act as a toothbrush, rinse, and dental floss in one. The technology, developed by a team at the University of Pennsylvania, is set to offer a new and automated way to perform the mundane but critical daily tasks of brushing and flossing.…

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