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Air umbrella surpasses kickstarter fund target

    Air umbrella surpasses kickstarter fund target

An ‘invisible umbrella’ that uses a jet of air to deflect raindrops has surpassed its fundraising goal of US$10,000 to reach US$30,493 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, with nine days remaining

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MIT report warns Mars One hopefuls that death would come quickly

    MIT report warns Mars One hopefuls that death would come quickly

For the 1,058 remaining Mars hopefuls, worrying news came for their chances of short-term survival after MIT published a detailed scientific report showing how they’ll likely die within two months.

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Frozen faecal matter no longer a tough pill to swallow

    Frozen faecal matter no longer a tough pill to swallow

Often used as a treatment for bacterial infections in the intestines, faecal matter, or poo to you and me, is to be frozen and put in pills to make it

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Cork students make Time’s most influential teenager list

    Cork students make Time’s most influential teenager list

Three Irish students from Cork have made it onto Time magazine’s annual list of most influential teenagers, alongside Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and New Zealand singer Lorde. Ciara

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Irish botanist Matilda Knowles honoured after 150 years

    Irish botanist Matilda Knowles honoured after 150 years

One of the world’s great lichen experts of the 20th century, Irishwoman Matilda Knowles, has been honoured with a commemorative plaque at the Botanic Gardens in Dublin 150 years after

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World’s first dissolvable microchip created by researchers

    World’s first dissolvable microchip created by researchers

A team of researchers has developed a series of silicon chips and sensors that can be dissolved in water after they reach the end of their lives, which could prove

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Scientists are closer than ever to curing type 1 diabetes

    Scientists are closer than ever to curing type 1 diabetes

A team of researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have made a giant leap towards establishing effective treatment for type 1 diabetes. The team of stem cell researchers led

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Amputees get sensation from prosthetic hand

    Amputees get sensation from prosthetic hand

Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident 4 years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps. Now, blindfolded

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NASA looking at induced hibernation for travel to Mars

    NASA looking at induced hibernation for travel to Mars

In a bid to bring astronauts to Mars who could last the months-long journey, US space agency NASA is looking at possible ways of inducing a coma-like state through extreme

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Nobel prize for chemistry awarded for discovery of nanoscopy

    Nobel prize for chemistry awarded for discovery of nanoscopy

Eric Betzig, Stefan W Hell and William E Moerner have been awarded the 2014 Nobel prize in chemistry for their discovery of nanoscopy to view objects at a scale once

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AAA study shows in-car hands free systems often more distracting

    AAA study shows in-car hands free systems often more distracting

Two new AAA (American Automobile Association)-University of Utah studies show that despite public belief to the contrary, hands-free, voice-controlled automobile infotainment systems can distract drivers, although it is possible to

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Surgeons save two-week-old infant with aid of 3D printed heart

    Surgeons save two-week-old infant with aid of 3D printed heart

In what is reminiscent of an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, surgeons at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City have 3D printed a heart and saved the life of

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Mantis shrimp eyes inspiring new cancer-detecting cameras

    Mantis shrimp eyes inspiring new cancer-detecting cameras

Researchers at the University of Queensland have pulled unlikely inspiration in their ground-breaking work developing advanced new cameras that can detect cancer. Mantis shrimps have influenced designs as the marine crustaceans’ eyes can

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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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Bacterial ‘communication system’ could be used to stop the spread of cancer cells

    Bacterial ‘communication system’ could be used to stop the spread of cancer cells

Cancer, while always dangerous, truly becomes life-threatening when cancer cells begin to spread to different areas throughout the body. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered that a

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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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Three Irish schoolgirls win Google Science Fair

    Three Irish schoolgirls win Google Science Fair

Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow from Kinsale Community School were last night named the overall winners of the Grand Prize as well as the 15-16 Age category at

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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

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Irish Government invest €5m in new pharma manufacturing tech centre

    Irish Government invest €5m in new pharma manufacturing tech centre

Ireland’s Government is to invest €5m over the next five years in a new Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) that

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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

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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

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Highest resolution ever with X-ray microscopy

    Highest resolution ever with X-ray microscopy

A record-setting X-ray microscopy experiment may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. Working at the U.S. Department

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Scientists reveal body’s infection fighters chatter a lot

    Scientists reveal body’s infection fighters chatter a lot

The best defense is a good offense, especially when it comes to the immune system. The troops that respond to

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Rapid and durable protection against Ebola virus with new vaccine regimens

    Rapid and durable protection against Ebola virus with new vaccine regimens

One shot of an experimental vaccine made from two Ebola virus gene segments incorporated into a chimpanzee cold virus vector

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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

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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

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UCD ranked 5th university in Europe for VC-backed entrepreneurs

    UCD ranked 5th university in Europe for VC-backed entrepreneurs

Dublin’s University College Dublin (UCD) has been ranked fifth in a list of European universities that have produced venture capital

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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€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

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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

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