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Veinlite LED+ Illuminates Veins for Easier Access 2019-02-21 19:00:00The Veinlite LED+ illuminates a patient’s veins with orange and red light, making it much easier for a clinician to insert a needle.

Sphero RVR Robot is Made to Be Hacked 2019-02-21 13:00:00The RVR programmable robot from Sphero is designed to be hacked, and can be driven straight from the box.

Tire Fibers Reduce Concrete Explosions 2019-02-21 01:00:00Adding old tires to concrete could help the material channel heat to resist explosion.

PAL Pacifier Plays a Lullaby for Preemies 2019-02-20 19:00:00The PAL pacifier plays a lullaby to encourage premature babies to suck milk and bond with family.

AirBoard Agro Crop-Spraying Drone 2019-02-20 13:00:00The AirBoard Agro crop-spraying drone can deliver a dose of pesticide to crops at half the cost of standard methods.

HemaShock Applies Pressure to Save Lives 2019-02-20 01:00:00The HemaShock from OHK Medical Devices reduces heart attack fatalities by restricting blood flow to the extremities.

HoverChair Offers a Comfortable Hang 2019-02-19 19:00:00Hang out in comfort with the Crua Outdoors HoverChair, which includes a cushioned seat and optional footrest.

Predicting Pedestrian Movement 2019-02-19 13:00:00A new predictive system for self-driving cars anticipates pedestrian movement for better defensive driving.

Graphene Patches Monitor Health 2019-02-19 01:00:00Graphene Flagship has developed a selection of graphene-based wearables that communicate with a smartphone to monitor health and sun exposure.

TCL Patents Smartphone Bracelet 2019-02-18 19:00:00A new foldable smartphone patent from TCL shows a device flexible enough to fold into a smartwatch.

Ceramic Aerogel Withstands Extreme Heat 2019-02-18 13:00:00A sturdy ceramic aerogel able to withstand extreme temperatures could be used as an insulation for spaceships.

Zuum Hover Shoes 2019-02-18 01:00:00The Zuum self-balancing hover shoes offer a fun and ultra-portable means of personal transport.

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Almost half of third-level students studying computing don’t 2019-02-14 08:46:34A new report has found that 45pc of students doing computing courses don’t go on to finish them, while men are more likely to drop out than wome

First and last photo of Opportunity rover on 2019-02-14 07:25:33After 15 years of roaming the surface of Mars, NASA’s Opportunity rover has finally shut off, despite the best efforts of scientists back on Ear

41 new STEM outreach projects to get €3.6m 2019-02-14 06:14:02SFI has revealed that 41 new projects will be funded to support STEM outreach, in addition to 11 previous ones getting renewed financial backing. The

Why ‘old’ sperm might be the answer to 2019-02-14 04:00:35Researchers analysing the offspring of zebrafish from differently aged sperm showed that those conceived using ‘old’ sperm lived longer. T

How do we get people to care about 2019-02-13 10:30:40It’s our job to ensure everyone realises the power they have over their energy usage, writes Joe Devlin of Elastic Energy. The post How do we ge

Scientists prove mighty ‘megalodon’ shark not killed off 2019-02-13 06:37:05It seems that one of the most fearsome sharks to ever roam the planet was killed off 1m years earlier than we originally thought. The post Scientists

‘Quick for a palaeontologist is painfully slow on 2019-02-13 05:00:05Highly accomplished palaeontologist Prof Mike Benton of the University of Bristol gives insight into the life of a ‘dinosaur hunter’. The

Infographic shows which bugs will likely die off 2019-02-12 07:11:17The world’s insect population could be entirely erased by the end of the century, according to new research, but which species are most threaten

Origin of Newgrange, Stonehenge and other sites pinpointed 2019-02-12 05:34:47A Swedish researcher has dated many of Europe’s famous megalithic sites, such as Newgrange, to find their design comes from one specific region.

Lightning strikes may be doing something really weird 2019-02-11 08:45:43New research proposes that lightning strikes may have directly helped guide the evolution of life on Earth. The post Lightning strikes may be doing so

Weekend Takeaway: Towards a sustainable Earth 2019-02-08 11:14:20Essential weekend sci-tech reading, including how a Cork-born company has created cow-less milk and how UL researchers may defeat the scourge of plast

Scientists pinpoint what turns three common drugs into 2019-02-08 10:23:01The unintended side effects of medication can often come as a surprise to some, but new findings may have discovered the culprit. The post Scientists


Watch a Self-Driving Car Obey Police Hand Signals 2019-02-21 17:10:50 Palm Reading For autonomous vehicles that rely on smooth roads and clear signals, a broken traffic light could conceivably pose a major problem. To g

“Holy Herb” Shows Promise as Alzheimer’s Treatment 2019-02-21 16:40:21 Old Medicine The name native California tribes gave to the plant Eriodictyon californicum — “Yerba santa” — translates to&nbs

NASA Warns SpaceX and Boeing About Safety Flaws 2019-02-21 16:11:10 Back to the Basics Both Boeing and SpaceX are working to develop tools for NASA to use in upcoming crewed missions from the International Space Stati

China Unveils the World’s First Female AI News 2019-02-21 15:35:52 A New Woman On Tuesday, China’s state-run news outlet Xinhua announced the latest addition to its news team: Xin Xiaomeng. But Xin never went t

Mark Zuckerberg Insists That Facebook Promotes Privacy 2019-02-21 15:15:56 Zuck Stop Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to know that Facebook truly values privacy. So much so, he says, that it practically invented the whole

NASA Lander Now Provides Daily Martian Weather Reports 2019-02-21 15:12:42 Weather Report The temperature at Mars’ Elysium Planitia has hovered around a bracing -80 degrees Fahrenheit (-17 degrees Celsius) for the past

NASA’s New Deep-Sea Submarine Could Eventually Look for 2019-02-21 15:12:00 The Hadal Zone Thousands of feet below the surface of Earth’s ocean lies a vast habitat of strange-looking fish, giant jellies, and microscopic

Robots Are Building a Robotics Museum 2019-02-21 14:40:46 Builder Bots In 2022, the Robot Science Museum is expected to officially open in Seoul, South Korea. The museum’s first exhibit, however, will

New Research: Bone Marrow Transplants Might Prevent Aging 2019-02-21 14:07:53 Out With The Old There’s new evidence to suggest that transfusions of young tissue can stave off health problems for the elderly. After a trans

Tesla Model 3 Loses Coveted Consumer Reports Recommendation 2019-02-21 13:58:25 Cracking Glass Tesla’s blockbuster of an electric car, the Model 3, has received some glowing reviews. But now the cracks are startin

Scientist Who Gene-Hacked Babies “Likely” Boosted Their Brainpower 2019-02-21 13:22:42 Galaxy Brain When infamous Chinese scientists He Jiankui edited the genes of human twin babies last year, he was reportedly trying to make them immun

Philosopher: AI Can Never Create True Art 2019-02-21 13:10:45 AI Art Robots with artificial intelligence have created paintings and sketches for years — one even sold for almost half a milli

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