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Science women receive €1.7m

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English has announced the 10 recipients of €1.7m delivered through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Advance Award Programme.

The programme is aimed at encouraging women to return to or stay in a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Recipients included Dr Aleksandra Kaszubowska-Anandaraja, Dr Elisabetta Arca and Dr Hye-Young Kim of Trinity College.

Thai airports in sky lantern alert

RevelLers in northern Thailand have been asked not to launch lanterns into the sky near airports to avoid airborne accidents during a popular festival.

The air traffic control centre in Chiang Mai province declared a 5km zone around the airport where people were advised not to launch lanterns from yesterday to Friday, when Loy Krathong festival celebrations will take place.

Thais believe that launching lanterns will rid them of bad fortune. Authorities and airlines, however, have expressed safety concerns over the lanterns.

Fundraiser (5) climbs BT tower

A five-year-old fundraiser has become the youngest person ever to climb the 842 steps of London's BT tower.

Reuben O'Hara climbed the 34 floors in 19 minutes, with his mum Elizabeth following closely behind.

The schoolboy, from west London, took up the challenge to raise money for Action On Hearing Loss, and has collected £600 (€765) to date. "I really like towers and I also wanted to help my granddad who can't hear well," he said.

Paul Simon yes to biography

Paul Simon has agreed to cooperate with author and music critic Robert Hilburn for a planned biography.

Publishers Simon & Schuster said the book was still untitled and did not yet have a release date. Hilburn's previous books include the memoir Corn Flakes With John Lennon and a biography of Johnny Cash.

"I enjoyed and admired his biography of Johnny Cash and I think he'll tell my story well," Simon said.