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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Mystery of our too-round sun

A mystery surrounds the shape of the sun -- it is just too perfectly round, say scientists.

In fact, the sun turns out to be one of the roundest objects ever measured.

Scaled down to the size of a beach ball, the difference between the sun's widest and narrowest diameters would be far less than the width of a human hair.

Having no solid surface, the Sun's rotation should make it slightly flattened.

But the new measurements from the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite show that the flattening is much smaller than expected.



Anthrax fear as



drug user dies

A British drug user has died from anthrax, triggering concerns a European outbreak of the rare infection among people who inject heroin may be worsening.

The user was possibly infected by contaminated heroin and there were at least seven other similar cases across Europe, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said in a statement.

From June 2012, there have been seven new cases of anthrax among heroin users in Europe.



Fake ID traps



booze sellers

A teenager was able to use a fake identity card featuring a photo of a cartoon character to buy alcohol during an undercover operation by trading standards officers.

The card featured a photo of Bobby King from the Channel 4's King Of The Hill and showed the boy to be 17.

But six out of 22 shops in Nottinghamshire, England served the 18-year-old volunteer despite him showing them the card when he was asked for ID. And a further seven served him without asking his age.



Flick-knife is



found on teen

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy, who was found with a six-inch flick-knife hidden in his jacket pocket, has been remanded on bail.

The teenager had been stopped for a drug search in July in the Swords area in north Dublin when the blade was found.

The boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to possessing the weapon.

The case was adjourned for a probation report.

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