Weekend takeaway: 10 tech stories you need to read right now

24 Oct 2014

Ten nuggets of knowledge for you this weekend, including: the future of food, internet of things explained in two minutes, south-east’s secret sauce for start-ups and girls will outnumber boys at BT Young Scientist 2015.

​1. “We are creating the future of food” Nora Khaldi, CSO and founder of Nuritas said

Nuritas is combining fields to change the future of food, the company’s founder and CSO Nora Khaldi said in a keynote address at the Innovation Ireland Forum in Dublin this morning. By using advanced computer algorithms, Khaldi and her team at Nuritas are able to break down a food source from more than 30bn molecules down to 100. Of these remaining 100 molecules, Khaldi said, six could be sold to cosmetic companies, a further six to supplement providers, and a further five to food companies to home in on the most effective growth sources, all in the space of six months.

2. The internet of things explained in less than two minutes

There are many definitions of the ‘internet of things’. We rather like this short one from Intel’s VP, internet of things, Philip Moynagh.

3. Women are better suited to Mars mission than men, says science

The tired saying, ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’, couldn’t be more untrue, according to those who took part in an experiment to see what it’s like to live on the Red Planet.

4. BT Young Scientist 2015 by the numbers: 54pc of entries are female, 46pc are male

New records have been smashed in terms of the numbers of entries to the 51st BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, with 2,077 project entries submitted in October by 4,616 students across Ireland.

5. From the campus: how TSSG created the template for start-up success

Red Hat’s acquisition of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) spin-out FeedHenry last month for €63.5m must rank as one of the biggest acquisitions of a campus company in Irish academic history.

6. Confirmed: Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in biopic scripted by Sorkin

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed Christian Bale will star in the forthcoming movie about Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, to be based on Walter Isaacson’s biography.

7. Scientists set new record creating the known universe’s coldest object

An international team of scientists have managed to create the coldest known object in the known universe by bringing a copper vessel to 6m°K (Kelvin) in a sealed vault.

8. Hungary’s government is looking at taxing internet downloads

In a move that would send shivers down the spines of internet users anywhere, the government of Hungary is considering a proposal to apply a tax of US$0.62 for every gigabyte of data downloaded.

9. Google sets out to reinvent email and make it useful again with Inbox

Ten years after the advent of Gmail, Google wants to once again disrupt email as we know it with Inbox, a fusion of Gmail and Google Now that only presents you with the information you need right away.

10. Colm Long is the new chief revenue officer at Flipboard

Former Facebook head of global user operations Colm Long has joined digital magazine player Flipboard as chief revenue officer.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years