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Sunday 22 October 2017

New Luas depot honours genius

The new Luas depot at Broombridge has been named in honour of a Dublin maths genius who had a Eureka! moment in 1843.

William Rowan Hamilton's discovery of the equation for quaternion algebra had a significant and lasting impact on science. He scratched his equation on to the stone parapet of the bridge at Broombridge so he would not forget it.

The name of the depot was announced by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe.

US fox hunts go after coyotes

American fox-hunting is adapting to a dramatic change - foxes have been displaced across much of the US by coyotes which, in turn, have become the hunters' new quarry.

At the last fox-hunting club in Connecticut, Bridgewater's Fairfield County Hounds, it has been three years since the last fox sighting.

A club spokesman said the coyotes are less playful than the foxes, but also much faster and harder to catch.

Sistine visitor numbers cut

The Vatican is to restrict the number of visitors to the Sistine Chapel to six million a year to protect Michelangelo's delicate frescoes from damage.

Visitors to the chapel, where popes are elected in secret conclaves, can reach 20,000 a day in summer, with up to 2,000 inside at a time.

Dust brought in from outside, body sweat and carbon dioxide pose a major risk to the frescoes, which are more than 500 years old. They include one of the most famous scenes in the history of art - the arm of a gentle bearded God reaching out to give life to Adam.

Bad cheques to sell for €3,760

An archive of material by Welsh writer Dylan Thomas is to be sold at auction in London next month.

Among the items going under the hammer are two bounced cheques made out by Thomas to the landlord of his local pub.

Other lots include signed photos and a signed and dedicated first edition of The Collected Poems.

Auctioneers Bonhams estimate the three lots have a combined value of more than £3,000 (€3,760).

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