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AIB forges seven-year research alliance with UCD

    AIB forges seven-year research alliance with UCD

AIB has invested in a seven-year Partnership and Innovation Initiative with UCD that will see the bank and the university work on original research across a number of sectors. This

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MIT team develops most efficient solar panels to date

    MIT team develops most efficient solar panels to date

A team of researchers from MIT have reportedly developed a new solar absorption material that is close to ideal maximum efficiency at a reasonable cost. To make the most efficient

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Irish-designed sensor tells farmers when cows are ready to calve

    Irish-designed sensor tells farmers when cows are ready to calve

A wireless calving alert device which sends the farmer an SMS text alert when a cow goes into labour was unveiled today at the National Ploughing Championships. In what its

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Wireless sensors to improve poultry production wins UCD award

    Wireless sensors to improve poultry production wins UCD award

An early-stage business idea focused on using wireless sensors to monitor environmental conditions in chicken barns to improve poultry production has been declared winner of the UCD Agri-Food Sprint Programme.

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US researchers develop optical sensor that gives robot unprecedented dexterity

    US researchers develop optical sensor that gives robot unprecedented dexterity

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Northeastern University in the US have equipped a robot with a tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable and

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Tyndall and TSSG plan €82m fund for 10 internet start-ups

    Tyndall and TSSG plan €82m fund for 10 internet start-ups

Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG and University College Cork’s Tyndall Institute have signed a memorandum of understanding to target €82m in EU funding to support 10 internet of things start-ups.

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Limerick student’s life-saving technology wins €2,500 James Dyson Award

    Limerick student’s life-saving technology wins €2,500 James Dyson Award

A new feeding system designed by a Limerick student after witnessing his cousin struggle with feeding tubes after her birth has won the Irish leg of the 2014 James Dyson

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Irish company Skytek to host major space meeting in Dublin

    Irish company Skytek to host major space meeting in Dublin

Astronauts and other space experts are gathering in Dublin this week for a major think tank about the International Space Station (ISS), and Irish company Skytek is hosting the event.

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Scientists producing hydrogen energy from water at 30x faster rate

    Scientists producing hydrogen energy from water at 30x faster rate

Scientists from the University of Glasgow have claimed to have cracked the process of creating hydrogen fuel from water 30 times faster and is fast, cheap and clean. The ability

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Researchers developing pitch-side concussion detector

    Researchers developing pitch-side concussion detector

Researchers in the UK are attempting to obtain a better understanding of sports-related concussions by developing a detector that could be administered to an injured player beside the pitch. The

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Irish geologists create atlas to aid in Atlantic exploration

    Irish geologists create atlas to aid in Atlantic exploration

Scientists from the Geological Survey of Ireland and University College Dublin (UCD) have launched a new geological atlas of the north-east of the Atlantic Ocean to aid exploration and research

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World’s first brain to brain message sent

    World’s first brain to brain message sent

Scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France. Research

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Athlone IT sets out goal to become a technological university

    Athlone IT sets out goal to become a technological university

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) will become a technological university, according to a new strategic plan published today. According to the new vision statement for the institute, AIT “will be a technological

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UCC scientists developing multi-use vaccine patch

    UCC scientists developing multi-use vaccine patch

Scientists from University College Cork (UCC) have developed a micro-needle patch that lowers the amount of vaccine needed for the treatment of malaria and could potentially be used on other

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Galway based firm to develop “Life saving” drones

    Galway based firm to develop “Life saving” drones

A Galway couple’s start-up has developed technology that will transform aerial drones from weapons of war into life-saving devices that can pinpoint victims by identifying their mobile signals in disaster

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ReelLIFE SCIENCE competition seeks student-made videos

    ReelLIFE SCIENCE competition seeks student-made videos

NUI Galway is challenging primary and secondary school students across Ireland to create videos on science topics for the ReelLIFE SCIENCE competition and perhaps win more than €3,000 in prizes.

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New IT Sligo science building honours Irish scientist MacMunn

    New IT Sligo science building honours Irish scientist MacMunn

IT Sligo’s new €17m science building named after an Irish scientist who conducted research in a hayloft over his stables is to receive its official opening today by Taoiseach Enda

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Trinity researchers lead the design of a new futuristic eco-friendly aircraft

    Trinity researchers lead the design of a new futuristic eco-friendly aircraft

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Engineering have been selected to lead an EU consortium in the design of a futuristic aircraft that produces less noise pollution and carbon

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Robots could replace sheepdogs after scientists learn herding secrets

    Robots could replace sheepdogs after scientists learn herding secrets

The concept of robots replacing humans at their jobs is nothing new, but now robots could replace sheepdogs after scientists cracked just how the canines herd flocks. The Guardian reported on

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US hypersonic space weapon goes up in smoke

    US hypersonic space weapon goes up in smoke

A futuristic space weapon developed by the US Army capable of hitting any target on Earth within an hour was destroyed just seconds after it was test-fired yesterday. The hypersonic

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Laser device may end pin pricks and improve quality of life for diabetics

    Laser device may end pin pricks and improve quality of life for diabetics

Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people’s blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the

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Six of top 10 World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 have Irish presence

    Six of top 10 World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 have Irish presence

Six of the top 10 companies on Forbes magazine’s list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 have Irish operations, with Salesforce.com coming in at No 1. The San Francisco,

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Severing nerves may shrink stomach cancers: Botox injections slow growth of stomach tumors in mice

    Severing nerves may shrink stomach cancers: Botox injections slow growth of stomach tumors in mice

Research from ColumbiaUniversityMedicalCenter shows that nerves may play a critical role in stomach cancer growth and that blocking nerve signals using surgery or Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) could be an effective treatment

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New research suggests rubber bands could monitor health issues

    New research suggests rubber bands could monitor health issues

Ordinary rubber bands could be transformed into wearable sensors for monitoring blood pressure, joint movement and blood glucose, as a

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Scientists in Belfast develop new gel to fight superbugs

    Scientists in Belfast develop new gel to fight superbugs

Scientists in Northern Ireland claim they have made a significant advance in the fight against hospital superbugs, including those most

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Sligo-based engineer looks to improve manufacturing for medical implants

    Sligo-based engineer looks to improve manufacturing for medical implants

Dr Marion McAfee is looking to monitor and improve the manufacture of materials for devices that the body can resorb

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€75k aid available to help schools compete in 2015 BT Young Scientist event

    €75k aid available to help schools compete in 2015 BT Young Scientist event

BT has again created a €75,000 accommodation grant to help regional schools around Ireland to compete in the 2015 BT

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SFI reports largest govt/industry collaboration yet – €300m in seven research centres

    SFI reports largest govt/industry collaboration yet – €300m in seven research centres

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has delivered what it says it the largest govt/industry collaboration yet – seven research centres in

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Irish start-up Inform Bioscience signs licence agreement with Mayo Clinic

    Irish start-up Inform Bioscience signs licence agreement with Mayo Clinic

Irish biotech start-up Inform Bioscience has signed a licence agreement with the Mayo Clinic in the US to acquire biomarkers

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Lowest Noise Quantum Cascade Laser Driver

    Lowest Noise Quantum Cascade Laser Driver

THE LOWEST-NOISE DRIVER AVAILABLE These Low Noise QCL Drivers have the lowest current noise density of any commercially available driver.

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Get your lab ready for chemical handlings without costly construction or complicated hookups

    Get your lab ready for chemical handlings without costly construction or complicated hookups

The innovative design is safe, easy to install, consumes less energy and provides the added benefit of low running costs.

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New Belfast engineering centre to help commercialise research

    New Belfast engineering centre to help commercialise research

The new stg£6.8m Advanced Engineering Competence Centre in Belfast will focus on developing innovative solutions in the advanced engineering sector

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Enterprise Ireland-backed venture capital investment rises

    Enterprise Ireland-backed venture capital investment rises

Investment firms backed by Enterprise Ireland invested €5m more last year than in 2012, according to the semi-State agency. Firms

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40 projects to receive €23m from SFI and Irish Government

    40 projects to receive €23m from SFI and Irish Government

Forty scientific projects ranging from microbiology to clean energies are to benefit from €23m in research funding, the result of

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Grace app co-creator looks beyond limits to innovate

    Grace app co-creator looks beyond limits to innovate

In order to innovate we need to break both technology and our ways of thinking, says Lisa Domican, co-creator of

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AMBER reseachers discover ‘revolutionary’ material for ICT

    AMBER reseachers discover ‘revolutionary’ material for ICT

A team of researchers from the AMBER centre at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are behind the discovery of a new

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Irish scientists criticised over funding success rate

    Irish scientists criticised over funding success rate

The President of the European Research Council has said Irish scientists are not winning as much research funding from it

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Scientists Develop Self-Powered Pacemakers

    Scientists Develop Self-Powered Pacemakers

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has

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Huawei to spend US$6m on research and development in Ireland this year

    Huawei to spend US$6m on research and development in Ireland this year

Chinese smartphone and telecoms equipment giant Huawei said its total R&D investment in Ireland will expand in the coming years

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AMBER research centre announces partnership with Bell Labs

    AMBER research centre announces partnership with Bell Labs

AMBER, the materials science institute headquartered at Trinity College Dublin has announced a new strategic partnership with Bell Labs regarding

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Mary Maloney appointed CEO of CoderDojo

    Mary Maloney appointed CEO of CoderDojo

The CoderDojo Foundation is to be headed up by new a CEO, Mary Maloney, and is changing its structure to

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Google to roll out driver less cars

    Google to roll out driver less cars

Google is building cars that do not have steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals, in an ambitious expansion of

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US venture capital firm to invest in Irish life sciences start-ups

    US venture capital firm to invest in Irish life sciences start-ups

A venture capital company is to establish a fund of $172m (€125m) that will invest in Irish companies. The Government

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Scientists develop ultra-fast bionic arm.

    Scientists develop ultra-fast bionic arm.

With its palm open, the robot is completely motionless. A split second later, it suddenly unwinds and catches all sorts

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Jobs boost for North West as Letterkenny IT announces 60 research posts

    Jobs boost for North West as Letterkenny IT announces 60 research posts

More than 60 high-end science and technology research jobs, as well as 55 construction jobs, will be created at the

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Irish researchers crack problem of producing ‘wonder material’ in large amounts using a domestic blender

    Irish researchers crack problem of producing ‘wonder material’ in large amounts using a domestic blender

Irish scientists have registered a world first in the production of a substance called graphene, an advanced material that looks set

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Irishman Inducted Into ‘Internet Hall of Fame’

    Irishman Inducted Into ‘Internet Hall of Fame’

Physicist Dr Dennis Jennings has become the first Irish person to be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Dr Jennings has

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Israeli company working on smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds

    Israeli company working on smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds

An Israeli startup has said it was working to develop a bio-organic system that can recharge a smartphone battery in

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Eircom says 700,000 Homes Within Reach of 100Mbps Broadband

    Eircom says 700,000 Homes Within Reach of 100Mbps Broadband

Eircom has revealed 700,000 Irish homes will be capable of receiving 100Mbps broadband via VDSL by the end of this

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UPC Blanket Covers East Point in Free Public Wi-Fi

    UPC Blanket Covers East Point in Free Public Wi-Fi

From today, some 50 companies and 6,000 workers at the East Point Business Park in Dublin will have access to

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Irishman’s TV app Start-up Raises US$7m from Atlantic Bridge and Samsung

    Irishman’s TV app Start-up Raises US$7m from Atlantic Bridge and Samsung

Eoin Dowling’s Silicon Valley and Dublin-based start-up BoxFish has raised US$7m in venture capital from Atlantic Bridge Capital and consumer

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EcoWatch Scoops Prize of Up To €10k in Smart Grid Innovation Hub Start-up Search

    EcoWatch Scoops Prize of Up To €10k in Smart Grid Innovation Hub Start-up Search

EcoWatch has been named ‘Ireland’s Most Promising Start-up’ for a smart-grid solution or service as part of the EirGrid and

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High-tech Maker Space TechShop Planned for Ireland at DCU Innovation Campus

    High-tech Maker Space TechShop Planned for Ireland at DCU Innovation Campus

TechShop is coming to Ireland. The high-tech ‘maker space’ and Dublin City University (DCU) are today announcing an alliance that

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Copycat Model a Success for Start-ups

    Copycat Model a Success for Start-ups

From its low-key offices near the centre of Berlin, Rocket Internet has turned the usual business model for technology companies

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Ireland Above Average in EU Innovation League, but Still Classed a ‘follower’

    Ireland Above Average in EU Innovation League, but Still Classed a ‘follower’

While Ireland performed well above the EU average on international scientific co-publications and licence and patent revenues from abroad, it

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CIT’s Innovation Week to kick off 10 March

    CIT’s Innovation Week to kick off 10 March

Entrepreneurship, cybercrime and cyberwar will be amongst the topics under discussion at a series of events at Cork Institute of

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Research Centre for €2bn Plastics Industry Opens at Athlone Institute of Technology

    Research Centre for €2bn Plastics Industry Opens at Athlone Institute of Technology

A new research centre for the development of new plastic technologies with far-reaching applications across multiple sectors has opened at

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The Rubicon Centre – In Search of the Next Big Business Idea

    The Rubicon Centre – In Search of the Next Big Business Idea

The Rubicon Centre, situated on the campus of Cork Institute of Technology is Ireland’s leading business innovation hub. It also

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