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Coronavirus outbreak recorded on ward at Naas General Hospital

Prison watchdog calls for unannounced cell searches after heroin find

Two brothers sent forward for trial for attempted murder of garda

Teenager charged over death of Kimberly O’Connor in car crash

Environment group launches legal challenge over ‘alien’ tree species planting

New crime fiction: Shot in the arm for the hackneyed serial killer yarn

Six months ago (02/10/20): “You know, in April, supposedly it dies with the hotter weather. And that’s a beautiful day to look forward to.” “We have eleven cases, and most of them are getting better very rapidly. I think they’ll all be better.”

BREAKING: Florida adds 276 resident coronavirus deaths, the most reported in one day

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The distinct elements required for an effective Covid-19 vaccine as outlined in comprehensive @claireoconnell  piece via @IrishTimes 


Scoops of the Day

Three children attending a creche in Co Meath have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases at the facility to five.

Ireland among countries urged to consider reinstating restrictions

Covid-19: Face coverings not mandatory in Michael Healy-Rae’s shop

Activist Gemma O’Doherty has been “actively trying to evade” service of defamation proceedings brought against her by Jimmy Guerin, the brother of murdered journalist Veronica Guerin, the High Court has heard.

“It’s all executive orders—because that’s easy to do.” -Donald Trump, Jan. 7, 2016

👩‍🚀👨‍🚀 240 individuals from over 19 countries 🚀 250 miles above Earth 🛰 17,500 miles per hour Join us this fall for our #SpaceStation20th  anniversary as we celebrate the dream we call the @Space_Station :

ESA/Hubble#Flashback : This entrancing image shows a few of the tenuous threads that comprise Sh2-308, a faint and wispy shell of gas located 5200 light-years away in the constellation of Canis Major. Credit: @esa  / @HUBBLE_space  / @NASA 

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Dwarf planet Ceres may be home to an underground ocean

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2020 has been a busy year for us, but we're just getting started. 🚀 From the return of human spaceflight to the U.S. to science missions to preparations for #Artemis  missions to the Moon, @NASA  is gearing up for another exciting year of exploration:

2 captive beluga whales finally freed to a seawater sanctuary in Iceland

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Scoops of the Week

Coronavirus: Non-essential travel from US set to be banned within days

Time to wish upon a star. The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 12. The best time to look is in the pre-dawn hours, but midnight to dawn any morning the week before or after should produce a few meteors, including the occasional "fireball."

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A male Arctic wolf stands next to a remote camera and a muskox carcass in this photo by Ronan Donovan

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To assert conspiracy is to believe what you want when you are missing data to fully support what you want to believe.

Looking at starlight through the lens of a planet's atmosphere can reveal evidence of life on that world. Researchers used @NASA_Hubble  to apply this technique to the Sun & Earth, measuring the sunlight reflecting off the Moon during a lunar eclipse:

Hi, my name is Lolita. I was born wild, but today marks my 50th year in captivity. I’m trapped in a tiny tank at @MiamiSeaquarium . I'll be taking over PETA's Twitter account later today to share my story. #FreeLolita 

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The astronomical explanation for Mercury retrograde (Credit: Dr James O'Donoghue @physicsJ )

We’re only going to solve the problems we face if we work together as a team. In the Senate, I’ll make decisions based on science, data, and facts, and I'll work with Republicans and Democrats to get results for Arizona.

I’m so sick of this ‘The British People’ nonsense. It’s inflammatory and divisive and also errant vacuous nonsense with no meaning in a multi-party democracy. The phrase should be banned from political discourse.

Why are indoor settings higher risk for Covid – and are restaurants safe?