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Dublin: 6 °C Sunday 23 February, 2020

Need a 10-minute break? Step into the Reading Room…

The Ukraine, pop music, and… a snow penis.

LOOKING FOR SOME articles and videos to help break up the afternoon, but only have 10 minutes to spare?

Try these nuggets for size – all take 10 minutes or less to enjoy.

1.  Virtual reality lab

league of legends Source: League of Legends

League of Legends is a hugely popular video game, but it’s also a psychology lab. It runs experiments on users, collects data, and experiments in very interesting ways. [Medium - 10 mins]

2. Escape from Ukraine

Ukraine Ukrainian soldiers guard a check point near the town of Debaltseve in Artemivsk, Ukraine Source: AP/Press Association Images

Civilians are fleeing Ukraine, however they can, as peace talks look like they’re failing. Max Seddon has a report from the areas worst affected.  [Buzzfeed - 4 mins]

3.  Pop stars r us

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2012 - Day 1 - Indio Source: AP/Press Association Images

Have today’s British pop stars lost their bite because they’re too privileged? That’s what broadcast and writer Stuart Maconie reckons. [The New Statesman - 7 mins]

4.  Oops

ryanair snow penis Source:

You’ve probably seen the viral photo of a Ryanair ‘snow penis’ (seriously), with people saying it’s in Dublin. Thing is… it’s not. [Daily Edge -3 mins]

5. 2 Kill 2 Mockingbird


Tweet by @Connor Goldsmith Source: Connor Goldsmith/Twitter

It was announced yesterday that Harper Lee, author of the classic To Kill A Mockingbird, is to release her second novel this summer. But should we be a bit wary of this? [Jezebel - 3 mins]

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