Advanced detection systems and an improved understanding of the risks have lowered the likelihood of widespread airspace closures.
Every Thursday evening he'd sit at my mother's kitchen table and reveal to me the mysteries of Pythagoras & Co. Those warm, fuzzy feelings I got from soothing voices or the gentle touching of inanimate objects just seemed weird and I never gave them much thought.
with such a soothing, hypnotic voice that I had to fight bravely to stay awake. I can count to 10 without using my fingers and I know about log tables. Until recently, fighting yet another night of insomnia, my body craving sleep and my brain yelling PARTY PARTY PARTY, I decided to check out relaxation techniques on Youtube.
If a friend called over to my house in the evening and stayed a while, I'd get really irritated." A couple of months later, Neil started missing nights out with friends, and rarely came out of his room.
Bit by bit, this Galwegian started to cut himself off from what he describes as "the important time you don't recognise, the time you spend connecting with other people".
I work every day with teenagers and their families.
I keep track of technology use, and attitudes to technology, in households as part of my involvement with the biannual Eircom Household Sentiment Survey.
The latest estimated 1-km fissure eruption in the Holuhraun area (north of Bardarbunga) prompted the Icelandic Met Office to raise its aviation warning to the highest level, but there's no reason to believe a repeat of 2010 is imminent. In April of that year, over 100,000 flights across Europe were cancelled when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano spat ash some 30,000ft into the air, creating aviation chaos costing an estimated £1bn/€1.26bn. A "small" eruption on (Friday, August 29th saw a 120 nautical mile airspace exclusion zone instigated up to a height of 5,000ft (1,500m).
It follows weeks of rumblings that suggest further eruptions are imminent. Any impact on aviation obviously depends on the scale of the eruption, the ash clouds that result, and prevailing weather conditions at the time.
And accidentally discovered a worldwide 'whispering community', who post videos of themselves speaking softly and calmly about any number of things.
And these videos send me off to sleep quicker than a truckload of Noctamid. However, there are millions of 'odd' people like me tuning into You Tube videos for sleep therapy.
"I blamed other things for taking up my time - my work, phone calls from friends and family, even doing my washing!