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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 result of a discovery by researchers at the AMBER materials

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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 resistant to antibiotics. Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, working with

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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 when their work is done. If you have a clogged

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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 Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Since introducing the scheme in

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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 areas like big data amounting to an investment of €300m

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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 for developing a prognostic test to detect pre-eclampsia in pregnancy.

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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. Powering your QCL with this patented driver will enable better performance—at

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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. Add a phenolic resin work surface for high chemical and

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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 and aim to transform research into commercial success. Based at

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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 using its Seed and Venture Capital Programmes invested €59m in

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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 a deal between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Irish

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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 the Grace App for Autism. Necessity is the mother 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 magnetic material they claim will revolutionise the ICT sector. The

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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 as they should. Speaking at the Euroscience Open Forum in

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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 been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker

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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 and this year it will be US$6m. Huawei has three

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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 joint energy efficiency research projects. The two organisations will be

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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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BT Young Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Launches at NovaUCD

    BT Young Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Launches at NovaUCD

Now in its fifth year, the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp will host 29 second-level students from across Ireland who

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Irishman’s Social Network Pursues US$66bn Games Market from Paradise Island

    Irishman’s Social Network Pursues US$66bn Games Market from Paradise Island

Irish entrepreneur Sean Fee has launched a social media site for gamers that aims to serve the US$66bn-a-year video-games industry.

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IWISE Event Gathers US-Irish Women in Science and Engineering

    IWISE Event Gathers US-Irish Women in Science and Engineering

Participants of the recent IWISE event in Washington, DC, discussed how to encourage women in science and engineering. What’s the

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S3 Launches World’s Smallest Analogue-to-Digital Converter Chip

    S3 Launches World’s Smallest Analogue-to-Digital Converter Chip

Dublin-based software and silicon designer S3 has created what it claims is the world’s smallest analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) chip for

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Rolls-Royce to Develop Drone Cargo Ships

    Rolls-Royce to Develop Drone Cargo Ships

Rolls-Royce has confirmed that they are designing enormous cargo ships that would be completely unmanned. The design and implementation of

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Empowering Graduates as The Miracle Engines of Economic Recovery

    Empowering Graduates as The Miracle Engines of Economic Recovery

About two weeks ago, 180 mostly fourth-level PhD graduates crowded into a hall at University College Dublin (UCD) to take

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SFI-Pfizer Biotherapeutics Innovation Awards Announce 2014 Programme Webinar

    SFI-Pfizer Biotherapeutics Innovation Awards Announce 2014 Programme Webinar

SFI and Pfizer are pleased to announce a webinar to present the SFI-Pfizer Biotherapeutics Innovation Award Programme 2014 The SFI-Pfizer

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Irish Chip at Heart of Google’s Multi-Billion Dollar Bet on Future of Smartphones

    Irish Chip at Heart of Google’s Multi-Billion Dollar Bet on Future of Smartphones

A revolutionary chip designed by Dublin company Movidius lies at the heart of Google’s ‘Project Tango’ smartphone, a 3D-sensing device

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Irish Firm Driven to Succeed in Electric Car Market

    Irish Firm Driven to Succeed in Electric Car Market

Eveo Solutions has become the first Irish manufacturer of electric charging stations after spotting a gap in the market, and

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Electricity Generation Makes Top Ten of Best Inventions’

    Electricity Generation Makes Top Ten of Best Inventions’

In a new survey, published by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), chemical engineers have voted for what they consider

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Five of 50 World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 Have Irish Presence

    Five of 50 World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 Have Irish Presence

Five of the 50 companies on Fast Company’s list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 have an Irish presence,

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Pfizer and SFI Announce Public-Private Partnership

    Pfizer and SFI Announce Public-Private Partnership

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Pfizer today announce a unique new partnership that aims to promote new biotherapeutic breakthroughs in

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Irish Researchers’ Breakthrough Doubles Battery Life of Phones, Laptops and e-cars

    Irish Researchers’ Breakthrough Doubles Battery Life of Phones, Laptops and e-cars

A new nanotechnology that doubles the life of smartphone, laptop and electric-vehicle batteries even after being charged and discharged more

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Irish Researchers Make Significant Breakthrough in Semiconductor Production

    Irish Researchers Make Significant Breakthrough in Semiconductor Production

A team from the Tyndall National Institute in Cork has produced the world’s first atom-by-atom simulation of nanoscale film which

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First Shop to Use Digital Bitcoin Price Tags Trials in London

    First Shop to Use Digital Bitcoin Price Tags Trials in London

A digital price tag that charts the fluctuation of the current value of the online currency Bitcoin is being trialled

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‘Smart’ Windows to Cut Energy Use in Buildings by 20%

    ‘Smart’ Windows to Cut Energy Use in Buildings by 20%

A consortium of three European manufacturers and suppliers of windows and ventilation systems, including an Irish company based in Dublin,

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Irish Firm Invents ‘Cool Brain’ Device That Could Save Lives

    Irish Firm Invents ‘Cool Brain’ Device That Could Save Lives

A Louth-based firm in collaboration with researchers from Trinity College Dublin has invented a ‘Cool Brain’ device designed to cool

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