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Thursday 18 January 2018

In brief: Boredom is found in blink of an eye

You can tell when someone is being blinking rude and not listening by looking at their eyes, scientists have shown.

A study suggests that when a person blinks, it is a sign that their mind is wandering. Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada were inspired by studies showing that when attention falters, parts of the brain that process external influences are less active.

Prostate cancer drug 'trains' cells

A revolutionary prostate cancer therapy which "trains" immune system cells to target the disease has been approved by US drug regulators. But no clinic in Europe is believed to be capable of administering it, according to a leading charity.

The drug is described as a "vaccine" by manufacturers, Seattle-based biotech company Dendreon, but unlike most vaccines it is designed to treat rather than prevent disease.

Palin email hacker convicted in US

A federal jury has convicted a former Tennessee college student of two charges in the hacking of Sarah Palin's email account.

The jury convicted 22-year-old David Kernell of unauthorised access to a computer and obstruction of justice. He was found not guilty of wire fraud and the jury failed to reach a verdict on identity theft. Kernell committed the offences while Ms Palin was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008.

Blow to author in JD Salinger row

A Swedish author is unlikely to win approval through the courts to publish his novel in the United States, because it is substantially similar to JD Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye', an appeals court said yesterday.

The Manhattan court delivered another blow to Fredrik Colting's bid to prepare a US release of '60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye'. Colting's book was released in England, but Salinger sued last year to stop its US distribution in the United States. The reclusive author died in January at age 91.

Thrill-seekers get earful of abuse

Careless thrill-seekers risk injuring their ears on high speed rollercoasters.

Doctors at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, US, have linked a common ear injury to forces experienced on the adrenalin-pumping rides. The condition, called barotrauma, is caused by rapid changes in air pressure and normally associated with flying, scuba diving and the effects of explosions.

Irish Independent

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