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Sunday 25 February 2018

Nostalgia can give us a warm glow

Feeling nostalgic about days gone by can make us feel warmer, new research suggests.

The study investigated the effects of nostalgic feelings on reaction to cold and the perception of warmth. The volunteers, from universities in China and the Netherlands, took part in one of five studies.

$20m psalm book not going for song

Members of one of America's oldest churches have voted to auction a 372-year-old psalm book expected to fetch up to $20m (£12.5m).

The Old South Church in Boston authorised the sale of one of its two copies of the Bay Psalm Book, published in 1640. It was among the first books published in the British North American colonies, and only 11 copies remain.

Prisoner free, no strings attached

The annual concert put on by a women's prison string orchestra in Alaska will take on special meaning this year.

It marks special milestones for two founding members of the Hiland Mountain Women's Correctional Facility orchestra. Convicted murderer and violinist Sarah Jane Coffman is performing in her ninth concert, but her first as a parolee. Dana Hilbish will be playing in her final concert before her release next month.

Turner-winning artist gets £25,000

Artist Elizabeth Price has won the Turner Prize for her video installation show which included a film inspired by a fatal fire in a Woolworths store in Manchester.

The Londoner, who started out as a singer with 1980s indie pop band Talulah Gosh, was presented with the £25,000 (€31,000) prize by actor Jude Law at a ceremony at Tate Britain in central London.

Young to do gig for victims of Sandy

Neil Young said that he could not perform in the area devastated by Superstorm Sandy without doing something to help people who were affected by it.

Young will hold a benefit concert for the American Red Cross at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

Election tops list of Yahoo! searches

The US presidential election became the most-searched item and Kim Kardashian was the most-searched person on Yahoo! in a year when online searches were dominated by big news stories and pop culture obsessions, the search engine company said.

The search term "election" topped the list of searches, led not only by extensive media coverage but also widening conversation on online social media platforms.

Irish Independent

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