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Get your dose of ‘vitamin sea’ this National Marine Week

If you’re in need of some Vitamin Sea, National Marine Week from July 29th to August 13th offers endless opportunities to smell the seaweed, savour the sound of lapping waves, whilst searching for wild treasures around our shores.

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Microsoft Paint was first introduced in 1985.

Microsoft to kill off Paint after 32 years

Software giant, Microsoft, has announced its decision to kill off graphics editing application, Paint, after 32 years.

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WATCH: Mother films terrifying scene inside plane as it dropped towards the sea

A terrified mother has revealed how "all hell broke loose" as the plane she was travelling on dropped dramatically towards the sea.

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Attractive?

Scientists discover ugly truth about attractiveness

A handsome husband can be bad for women's health by triggering dangerous dieting, according to new research.

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Don't misuse the '999' number

PSNI warn public 'not to misuse the 999' emergency number

Police are warning the public not to make false calls to PSNI Call management centres - as it could have serious consequences.
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A bored child

Kids get bored after just ten days of the summer holidays

Parents beware - the average child will utter their first 'I'm bored …' just TEN DAYS into the summer holidays.

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What is real?

Only 60% of people can spot a manipulated picture - can you?

Most of us can't tell what's wrong with a faked picture - underlining the threat to democracy by the spread of made up propaganda, a study shows.

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The new Jane Austen Note, copyright Bank of England

Everything you need to know about the new £10 note

Just as we've stopped trying to rip apart the new indestructible £5 notes, the new £10 note will be revealed by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at Winchester Cathedral later today..
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Home alone

Children's charity urges parents not to leave children home alone in summer months

The NSPCC is urging parents in Northern Ireland to think carefully before leaving their children home alone during the summer holidays after its Helpline referred dozens of cases to the PSNI and children’s services after receiving calls and emails from members of the public worried about unsupervised youngsters.
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Enjoying the sunshine

Portugal as hot as here today in wall-to-wall sunshine

Temperatures throughout Northern Ireland match those in Portugal today with constant sunshine making life bliss.
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An Indian summer

Indian summer predicted as three months of hot weather could be on the way

The UK could be set to bask in three months of hot weather as an ‘African blast’ of hot air heads north.

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The Boss

Contestants sought for BBC One quiz show

The BBC are searching for contestants to take part in the second series of TV quiz show The Boss.
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A sunny day at Belfast City Hall

Sun to shine down on Twelfth celebrations

Sun is set to shine down on July 12 parades in Northern Ireland with temperatures set to reach around 21 degrees.
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Coffee

Three coffees a day is the secret to a longer life

The secret to a long life might be three cups of coffee as a landmark study reveals it reduces the risk of death from all disease.

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A sand pit

Sandpits full of bugs that cause stomach upsets

Sand play pits harbour the emerging superbug C. diff that causes stomach upsets and diarrhoea and in rare cases damages the gut, a new study found.
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False widow spider. (Stock Image)

Poisonous spider spotted in child's playhouse

An Irish father was left in shock when he discovered a poisonous false widow spider in his back garden in Dublin this week.
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Dullest and wettest June for five years, warmer than usual

Dullest and wettest June for five years, warmer than usual

The Armagh Observatory has reported that June 2017 was dull, wet and warmer than average.

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Online

NSPCC Northern Ireland gives parents vital tools to keep children safe online during the holidays

Now that schools have broken up  for the  summer break, the NSPCC in Northern Ireland is urging children and young people to keep themselves safe when online.
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The new Jane Austen Note, copyright Bank of England

Everything you need to know about the new £10 note

Just as we've stopped trying to rip apart the new indestructible £5 notes, the new £10 note is set to launch later on this year. Like it's predecessor, the £10 note will be waterproof and 'unrippable', here's what else you need to know about the new £10 note.
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Parent warning: Snapchat’s ‘Stalk your friends’ feature - and how to stop it

Social media users are being warned about a new Snapchat feature which is causing concern among parents.
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