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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 the company’s efforts to develop self-driving cars. The small electric

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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 is to inject €30m into the fund, which will invest

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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 of flying objects thrown in its direction -a tennis racket,

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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 new 20,000 sq-foot Science Park building at Letterkenny Institute of

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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 to revolutionise many products from electronics and plastics to touchscreens

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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 been named an Internet Pioneer at the Internet Society’s 2014

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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 just 30 seconds. Tel Aviv-based StoreDot’s prototype battery and charger

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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 month, using a technology called vectoring that uses noise-cancelling technology

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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 a free outdoor public Wi-Fi network. The new Wi-Fi service

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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 electronics giant Samsung. BoxFish is a TV app that processes

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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 NDRC all-island Smart Grid Innovation Hub competition. Limerick-based EcoWatch scooped

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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 aims to give TechShop a home at DCU’s Innovation Campus

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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 on its head, compiling a team of high-flying finance and

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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 is still an ‘innovation follower’ rather than ‘innovation leader’, a

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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 Technology’s (CIT) Innovation Week, which will take place 10-14 March

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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 the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). Minister for Research and

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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 boasts some of the most exciting start-up companies in the

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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 can take their innovative ideas and turn them into a

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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. Player.me has already won the support of renowned gamers like

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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 collective term for a gathering of highly successful women in

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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 use in Wi-Fi and LTE-connected devices. This is a high-speed

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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 the plan is in the hands of Rolls-Royce’s Blue Ocean

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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 on the task of assembling 3D printers from scratch within

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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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SFI Special Award Winner at BT Young Scientist Exhibition

    SFI Special Award Winner at BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Chloe Bradley, a 5th year student from Mulroy College, Donegal, has won the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Special Award at the BT Young

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Ministers Announce New North/South Research Agreement

    Ministers Announce New North/South Research Agreement

The Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Richard Bruton TD and the Employment and Learning Minister for Northern

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Soapbox Science to Give Women Scientists in Ireland a New Platform

    Soapbox Science to Give Women Scientists in Ireland a New Platform

Soapbox Science is coming to Dublin. Event organiser Dr Natalie Cooper talked to Claire O’Connell. In April, Front Square at

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High demand for digital, R&D and data professionals could lead to rising salaries

    High demand for digital, R&D and data professionals could lead to rising salaries

Recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley has released a comprehensive analysis of pay and benefits across a wide range of professions in

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Capital of Innovation – Six Finalist Cities Announced

    Capital of Innovation – Six Finalist Cities Announced

Barcelona, Espoo, Grenoble, Groningen, Malaga and Paris are the six cities shortlisted for the first European Capital of Innovation award,

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