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Here’s what happened today: Wednesday

Everybody is talking about DNA, Trap and Junior Cert results.

Updated 22.55

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.

imageFiona Fogarty shows her sister Emma her Junior Certificate results this morning. (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

IRELAND

INTERNATIONAL

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A couple draped with Catalonian national flags kiss in Barcelona, Spain where about 400,000 people demanding an independent Catalonia joined hands in an attempt to form a 400-kilometre human chain across the northeastern region of Spain. The demonstration aimed to illustrate local support for political efforts to break away from Spain. Catalonia claims a deep cultural difference based on its language, which is spoken side-by-side with Spanish in the wealthy region. (AP Photo/Paco Serinelli)

#FRANCE: The captain and first mate of a British Ferry were convicted of manslaughter of a French fisherman in a French court today.

#KASAKHSTAN: Three astronauts landed back on Earth today after spending almost a year and a half on the International Space Station.

#9/11: Memorials were held across the USA to mark the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Pictures.

INNOVATION

  • Efforts to develop an exoskeleton for the workplace is under way and is being backed by EU. The Robo-mate project hopes to test a robotic suit that can be worn by factory employees with the hope to reduce the number of work-related injuries. [BBC Technology]
  • You can now own your very own yellow Google satchel. [Business Etc]
  • Facebook will not help with boredom but it isn’t the root of our ennui. From recent research: “Whenever we have downtime, the Internet is an enticing, quick solution that immediately fills the gap. We get bored, look at Facebook or Twitter, and become more bored. Getting rid of Facebook wouldn’t change the fact that our attention is, more and more frequently, forgetting the path to proper, fulfilling engagement. And in that sense, Facebook isn’t the problem. It’s the symptom.” [The New Yorker]

PARTING SHOT

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(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man swings a chicken over his head as part of the Kaparot ritual in the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel. Observers believe the ritual transfers one’s sins from the past year into the chicken. It is performed before the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year which starts at sundown Friday. [PA]

Additional reporting by Christina Finn; first published 21.00

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