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Mystery solved: ‘Sailing stones’ of Death Valley seen in action for the first time

    Mystery solved: ‘Sailing stones’ of Death Valley seen in action for the first time

Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a “playa,” are hundreds of rocks — some weighing as

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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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Fever’s origin discovered by researchers

    Fever’s origin discovered by researchers

Fever is a response to inflammation, and is triggered by an onset of the signaling substance prostaglandin. Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden can now see precisely where these substances

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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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Scientists grow an organ in an animal from cells created in lab

    Scientists grow an organ in an animal from cells created in lab

Laboratory-grown replacement organs have moved a step closer with the completion of a new study. Scientists have grown a fully functional organ from transplanted laboratory-created cells in a living animal

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UCC team develops medical device alternative to open-heart surgery

    UCC team develops medical device alternative to open-heart surgery

The University College Cork (UCC) Centre for Research in Vascular Biology has developed a medical device that promotes the bypass of arterial obstructions, potentially removing the need for open-heart surgery.

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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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Researchers from Sweden, Ireland and the USA believe fluorine formed in the stars

    Researchers from Sweden, Ireland and the USA believe fluorine formed in the stars

The fluorine that is found in products such as toothpaste was likely formed billions of years ago in now dead stars of the same type as our sun. This has

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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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Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel to develop wearable Parkinson’s sensor

    Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel to develop wearable Parkinson’s sensor

The Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel are to work together to develop a wearable sensor that could track the development of Parkinson’s disease in the user. As part of

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Employment bodies focus on STEM success as Leaving Cert results are revealed

    Employment bodies focus on STEM success as Leaving Cert results are revealed

As almost 57,000 students receive their Leaving Certificate results in Ireland today, Project Maths has proven its success and interest in STEM is growing, but we can’t forget foreign languages.

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BT Young Scientist winners selected as Google Science Fair Global finalists

    BT Young Scientist winners selected as Google Science Fair Global finalists

The 2014 Google Science Fair Global finalists have been announced and, among the 15 projects selected from teenagers around the world, Ireland’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition winners are

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Irish researcher to showcase medical support app at TEDMED

    Irish researcher to showcase medical support app at TEDMED

Siobhán O’Connor is going to TEDMED to spread the word about the Supporting LIFE app being developed through an Irish-led project. Medicine and smartphones are obvious bedfellows. Apps can make

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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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€2.8m digital plan to provide economic boost to Ireland’s south-east

    €2.8m digital plan to provide economic boost to Ireland’s south-east

Waterford Institute of Technology is to lead a €2.8m digital research project to boost regional economic development in Ireland’s south-east through job creation, start-ups and commercialisation of research. Waterford Institute

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University of Ulster reveals stg£240k fund to boost digital content sector

    University of Ulster reveals stg£240k fund to boost digital content sector

The University of Ulster has launched a new stg£240,000 seed fund designed to stimulate growth and enhance competitiveness within the digital content sector. The Honeypot seed fund is part of the

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WIT to recruit 17 PhD scholars to spearhead new research

    WIT to recruit 17 PhD scholars to spearhead new research

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is recruiting 17 PhD scholars across a range of disciplines as part of its prioritisation of research growth at the institute. The 36-month scholarships, 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

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UCC researcher and team make landmark dinosaur discovery

    UCC researcher and team make landmark dinosaur discovery

Dr Maria McNamara from University College Cork (UCC), and her team of researchers, have made a landmark dinosaur discovery: the

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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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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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UCD wins ESA contract to reduce vibrations in space rockets

    UCD wins ESA contract to reduce vibrations in space rockets

Researchers at University College Dublin have won a €250,000 contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to reduce not-so-good vibrations

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Scientists develop blackest material ever created

    Scientists develop blackest material ever created

Reminded of the line from Father Ted about whether a priest’s sock is black or very, very, very dark blue,

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Lack of venture capital and Skills shortage could cost thousands of software jobs

    Lack of venture capital and Skills shortage could cost thousands of software jobs

Ireland’s vibrant and growing software industry risks losing thousands of new jobs to other countries because of the shortage of

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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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DCU researchers analyse World Cup tweets to improve machine translation

    DCU researchers analyse World Cup tweets to improve machine translation

Dublin City University (DCU) researchers, in collaboration with Microsoft Research at the CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content in Dublin,

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WIT researchers receive €1.2m in EI Commercialisation Fund

    WIT researchers receive €1.2m in EI Commercialisation Fund

Three researchers from the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have jointly been awarded €1.2m by Enterprise Ireland (EI) as part

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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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Scientists discover serious candidate for most Earth-like planet

    Scientists discover serious candidate for most Earth-like planet

Gliese 832c, a planet about 16 light years away from Earth, has excited the scientists who found it, since Gliese

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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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Royal Society signs deal with SFI for research fellowships

    Royal Society signs deal with SFI for research fellowships

The Royal Society in the UK and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) have signed an agreement whereby Ireland’s leading young scientists

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Studies show, Monkeys also believe in winning streaks.

    Studies show, Monkeys also believe in winning streaks.

Humans have a well-documented tendency to see winning and losing streaks in situations that, in fact, are random. But scientists

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Watching too much TV may increase risk of early death: Three hours a day linked to premature death from any cause

    Watching too much TV may increase risk of early death: Three hours a day linked to premature death from any cause

Adults who watch TV for three hours or more each day may double their risk of premature death compared to

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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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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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Clues to lunar history found in water in moon rocks

    Clues to lunar history found in water in moon rocks

A recent review of hundreds of chemical analyses of Moon rocks indicates that the amount of water in the Moon’s

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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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SAP and Ericsson to create almost 400 R&D jobs

    SAP and Ericsson to create almost 400 R&D jobs

Almost 400 new jobs are to be created across three counties by two multinational technology companies. SAP is increasing the

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Promising discovery in fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    Promising discovery in fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a small molecule that prevents bacteria from forming into bio-films, a

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Stem cells a future source for eco-friendly meat

    Stem cells a future source for eco-friendly meat

The scientific progress that has made it possible to dream of a future in which faulty organs could be regrown

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Harmful bacteria can linger on airplane seats and armrests for days

    Harmful bacteria can linger on airplane seats and armrests for days

Disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces commonly found in airplane cabins for days, even up to a week, according to

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Research shows zebra markings act like bug repellent

    Research shows zebra markings act like bug repellent

Scientists say they’ve uncovered one reason zebras have stripes: they act like insect repellant, keeping away blood-sucking flies. Experimental work

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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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Frequent arguments linked to doubling of death risk in middle age

    Frequent arguments linked to doubling of death risk in middle age

Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbours may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests

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Free radicals: What doesn’t kill you may make you live longer

    Free radicals: What doesn’t kill you may make you live longer

What is the secret to ageing more slowly and living longer? Not antioxidants, apparently. “people believe that free radicals, the

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Scientists create first living organism that transmits added letters in DNA ‘alphabet’

    Scientists create first living organism that transmits added letters in DNA ‘alphabet’

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA

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Research shows yawning may cool the brain.

    Research shows yawning may cool the brain.

Common belief is that yawning helps to increase the oxygen supply. However, previous research has failed to show an association

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Disappointing first quarter sales overshadow Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca

    Disappointing first quarter sales overshadow Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca

Pfizer has reported quarterly revenue well below Wall Street expectations on falling sales of key brands and generic drugs. The

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Pfizer opens $30m lab at Ringaskiddy

    Pfizer opens $30m lab at Ringaskiddy

  Pfizer has opened a new $30 million unit at its Ringaskiddy facility. The New Product Technology Laboratory will allow the Cork plant

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Irishman discovers third Supernova from observatory in his back garden.

    Irishman discovers third Supernova from observatory in his back garden.

An Irish amateur astronomer has achieved yet another first by discovering a previously unknown supernova from his back garden in

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