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In brief: Irish invention to kill off MRSA

Textiles that kill the hospital superbug MRSA have been developed by scientists in Limerick.

A research team has created nanomaterials for textiles used in hospital drapes, bed linens and upholstery to fight killer infections.

Scientists said that when embedded on hospital materials through a patent-pending process, which ensures the nanoparticles stick tightly to the textile, they stop the infections spreading.

The European research team behind the discovery was co-ordinated by a leading research institute at the University of Limerick.

Sheen throws

away the script

Charlie Sheen plans to "riff like an artist" from memory rather than use a script on on his 21-date Torpedo Of Truth tour next month.

The controversial star will be delivering a mostly spoken word performance of about 80 minutes, according to one of the show's producers.

Joey Scoleri said audiences would also get to ask questions of the fired Two And A Half Men actor, and he promised a "wild ride of highs and lows and dark and light and laughter and being surprised".

The planned tour has been a sellout.

Two women in 'suicide pact'

Both gardai and UK police were attempting to identify two middle-aged women whose bodies were found on a Co Clare beach.

It is thought the women may have died as a result of a double suicide pact.

The grim discovery was made by a local resident, walking on the beach at Whitestrand, near Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, yesterday morning.

The women were fully clothed and lay about 10 feet apart on rocks alongside the beach. Just yards away was a Citroen Xsara car with a UK registration.