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Irish Redhead Convention in Cork

Hairstyling

The Week in Review: Most Livable Cities Report Reflects Global Issues

Melbourne, Australia, topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) list of most livable cities for the fifth year running earlier this week. Rounding out the top five were, in order: Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, and Adelaide, Australia, and Calgary, Canada, tied for fifth.<p>A noteworthy finding was …

Middle East

I'll never fall in love again – citation needed

Inadequately referenced, badly designed and poorly executed studies are perverting the course of science<p>Science is built upon what has gone before.<p>Scientists publish their findings to make them known. Increasingly, how they do this is changing – some claim that the days of the traditional …

South China Sea

Bourbon baby: new dad Jack Daniels names son Jim Beam

A man named after whiskey has named his son for bourbon.<p>Thirty-one-year-old Jack Daniels Leathers of Gray says he and his 23-year-old wife, Lydia Leathers, chose the name well before their marriage.<p>He tells The Courier they talked about baby names on their first date and thought Jim Beam would be a …

Tyrone Mings makes his mark at Ipswich on and off the pitch

As Tyrone Mings tells his remarkable and heart-warming story, there are times when the 21-year-old Ipswich Town defender cannot help but shake his head and smile. Linked with multimillion-pound transfers to Arsenal and Chelsea, Mings is the West Country boy who was released by Southampton at the …

Birds detect approaching storm from 900km away

A group of songbirds may have avoided a devastating storm by fleeing their US breeding grounds after detecting telltale infrasound waves.<p>Researchers noticed the behaviour after analysing trackers attached to the birds to study their migration patterns. They believe it is the first documented case …

A scientist unlocks one of the mysteries of Arctic ice melt

On a bright day in early May, Chris Polashenski tromps across the ice north of Alaska — 100 miles from the nearest land — to sink half-a-dozen plastic pipes into the ice.<p>Other researchers are spread out around the <i>Healy</i>, a Coast Guard icebreaker. Some have begun drilling through the ice or sawing up …

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

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