Thursday 29 June 2017

In brief: 'Mini-Big Bangs' are recreated

Mini-versions of the "Big Bang" which gave birth to the universe almost 14 billion years ago have been created in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the giant machine probing the nature of matter near Geneva.

The "Mini Bangs" were produced by smashing together lead ions at enormous energies. The collisions generated temperatures a million times hotter than the centre of the Sun.

Sweet dreams for lone sleepers

Sleeping apart, rather than together, may be the key to securing sweet dreams that are otherwise rudely interrupted by a mate's restless limbs, snoring and muttering, a study found.

Of the 4,000 British couples who took part in the 'One Poll' survey, 75pc said their sleep was disturbed by their partner snoring.

Actress didn't tell of fatal illness

In one of her final roles, Jill Clayburgh played the mother of a charismatic Viagra salesman, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, in the comedy 'Love and Other Drugs'.

Gyllenhaal and the film's director Edward Zwick said they had no idea the screen legend was battling chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Clayburgh (66) died at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut at the weekend.

Ten journalists arrested in Libya

Libya's union of journalists said authorities arrested 10 reporters who work for a news agency controlled by the son of leader Muammar Gadaffi.

Union head Salma al-Shaab said security forces detained the six men and four women a day earlier. She said the journalists were arrested for criticising Libya's leadership.

Protesters stop nuclear shipment

Activists abseiled down from a bridge, broke through police lines and chained themselves to German train tracks, trying to halt a shipment of nuclear waste as they protested against Chancellor Angela Merkel's plans to keep using nuclear energy.

Riot police tried to stop up to 4,000 protesters making their way on to the tracks near Dannenberg.

Statue of Jesus to put town on map

Workers completed a giant statue of Jesus Christ which could turn a Polish town into a destination for pilgrims.

The 33-metre tall statue, which is a creation of retired priest Rev Sylwester Zawadzki, is in Swiebodzin.

Irish Independent

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