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The Olympic Torch Relay has begun in Japan

By Emma Monaghan / April 2, 2021

The 121 day long torch relay for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics finally began in Japan last week. Delayed due to the pandemic, this summer’s Olympic Games arrive in a sea of uncertainty. No international fans are permitted at the Games, and cheering at the torch relay is discouraged due to potential Covid-19 spread.  Spectators […]

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Taiwan begs people to stop adopting the name “Salmon”

By Emma Monaghan / March 26, 2021

Officials in Taiwan recently issued an unusual request. They are begging people to stop applying to formally change their name to include the word “salmon”.   This follows the Akindo Sushiro restaurant chain announcing a special all-you-can-eat deal for anyone with the Chinese characters for salmon (guīyú 鮭魚) on their ID card: all the sushi “Salmon” […]

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Mamma Mia! Japan opens world’s first Super Nintendo World

By Emma Monaghan / March 23, 2021

Universal Studios Japan have opened the gates to the much anticipated Super Nintendo World in Osaka. Following the alleviation of major covid-19 restrictions in Osaka, Super Nintendo World opened to the public on 18 March and beloved childhood characters are set to raise the people’s spirits after lockdown.  Why Are Esports So Popular? A reaction […]

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Ireland expected to resume paused AstraZeneca vaccine delivery

By Emma Monaghan / March 17, 2021

Eleven states in Europe, including Ireland,  France and Germany have suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine; a precautionary pause following reports of post-vaccine blood clots in Norway and Germany. Young volunteers are exposed to Covid-19 in new UK study The Current State of the Music Industry amid Covid-19 Slow Covid Vaccine Distribution Adds to […]

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Tour guide jobs alleviate homelessness in Dublin

By Emma Monaghan / March 15, 2021

My Streets Ireland, an innovative social enterprise that employs homeless (and formerly homeless) people, has had to cancel much of its work due to the ongoing pandemic.  Rock Against Homelessness Housing Crisis Drives Homelessness Higher Aiming to empower people affected by homelessness, My Streets has gained international recognition from New Zealand to Canada, and has […]

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Young volunteers are exposed to Covid-19 in new UK study

By Emma Monaghan / March 9, 2021

Reported as the world’s first “human challenge” study for Covid-19, scientists in the UK are to infect young, healthy volunteers with coronavirus for research in the coming weeks. The key aims of this Human Challenge Study include discovering exactly how much virus is needed to cause an infection, how exactly the body’s immune system responds […]

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Good Vibrations: How is music tackling Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Emma Monaghan / March 8, 2021

Neuroscientists and doctors alike have voiced their concerns about the growing number of people affected by Alzheimer’s Disease: it is thought by 2045 the current Irish prevalence will have doubled, meaning over 150,000 people will live with the condition. According to The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland over 64,000 Irish people are living with this disease […]

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It’s a Sin: Why Public Health Campaigns Need the Arts

By Emma Monaghan / February 28, 2021

Previously chastised by The Sun as excessively explicit, and almost never making it to the screens after being turned down by BBC One and ITV, It’s a Sin is now the most binge-watched programme on Channel 4’s streaming service, All 4. This moving mini-series comprised of 5 episodes was penned by Doctor Who’s previous head-writer […]

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