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In Brief: Driver (27) dies in Cork crash

A YOUNG man has died after his car left the road and crashed into a ditch in Youghal, Co Cork, in the early hours of this morning.

The single vehicle crash claimed the life of the 27-year-old at Kennelworth, Youghal, sometime between 12.30am and 3.20am this morning.

He was the 87th person to die on the roads this year.

Gardai appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the crash or was in the area of Kennelworth between midnight and 3am to contact Youghal Garda Station on 024 - 92200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111.

 

CHINA HAS NEW SUPERCOMPUTER

A CHINESE university has built the world's fastest supercomputer, almost doubling the speed of the US machine that previously claimed the top spot.

The TOP500 listing of the world's fastest supercomputers says the Tianhe-2, developed by the National University of Defence Technology in China, is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second. That's the equivalent of 33,860 trillion calculations per second.

 

TEEN ADMITS STREET ATTACK

A TEENAGER who admitted punching and kicking a man in a gang attack in Dublin has not been sentenced – as there is nowhere to hold him.

The 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to assaulting the man at the Central Bank Plaza on February 25, 2012.

Judge John O'Connor was told at Dublin Children's Court that there were no places in detention centres for the boy's age group. He adjourned the case for one week. The boy was remanded on continuing bail.

 

AUTISM RISK IN TRAFFIC FUMES

EXPOSURE to traffic fumes and industrial air pollution can dramatically increase a mother's chances of having a child with autism.

A large US study found that the risk was doubled for women living in the most polluted locations.

"Our findings raise concerns since, depending on the pollutant, 20pc to 60pc of the women in our study lived in areas where risk of autism was elevated," said lead scientist Dr Andrea Roberts, from the Harvard School of Public Health.


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