Scientific breakthroughs, successful start-ups and a Google victory are just some of the stories making the news this week.
It’s already been a jam-packed year for Irish science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) discoveries, so to honour them, here are 10 of the biggest that have made headlines.
Brown Bag Films is looking to increase its overall workforce to 255 on the back of the creation of a new 30,000sq ft animation studio in Smithfield, Dublin.
Microsoft and Facebook are teaming up to build a 160tbps transatlantic cable, strengthening the cable ties between the US and Europe.
US health officials have confirmed that the country has its first confirmed case of a superbug resistant to every antibiotic – including colistin, our last-resort antibiotic.
Google has struck a major blow in the ongoing battle between itself and Oracle after a California court ruled in Google’s favour regarding the challenge that its use of Java in Android was a copyright infringement.
University College Cork (UCC) has been named a ‘Grand Challenges Explorations’ winner, with $100,000 funding awarded to scientists at APC Microbiome Institute to investigate infant death in developing countries.
Fintech, financial innovation and the ethics and business potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchain represent a key theme at Inspirefest 2016, with the line-up including Lloyds Banking Group’s Claire Calmejane.
15 Irish businesses that entered the Virgin Media Voom 2016 competition have made it past the first hurdle and into the pitchathon part of the competition, which takes place on 1 and 2 June, where they’ll compete against 145 other companies.
India’s burgeoning space programme had another major achievement this week, with the successful launch of its first miniaturised space shuttle, with hopes of sending astronauts into space using a bigger, reusable craft.
Six Irish founders were asked three questions: who they were, where they came from and what was their worst failure. The founders were John Joyce of Yvolution, Claire McHugh of Axonista, John Dennehy from Zartis, Sean Blanchfield from PageFair, Deirdre Smith from Zandar and David Coallier from Barricade.
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