Weekend Takeaway: Towards a sustainable Earth


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Essential weekend sci-tech reading, including how a Cork-born company has created cow-less milk and how UL researchers may defeat the scourge of plastic waste.

Such a Perfect Day as Cork-born start-up raises $34.7m

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Perfect Day was in the first batch of start-ups to emerge from the SOSV RebelBio accelerator in Cork.

Collison brothers’ Stripe pushes into new global markets

Stripe workers in a nicely lit working environment overlooking Silicon Docks.

Inside the Stripe Dublin offices. Image: Stripe

Stripe’s Dublin engineering team is a core part of the payment platform’s global spearhead.

UL breakthrough turns scourge of plastic waste into useful raw materials

Middle-aged male researcher in white lab coat and purple gloves holds up a plastic bottle in one hand and in the other a composite raw material that can be used to make car and tractor parts.

Dr Walter Stanley, UL. Image: IComp

Innovative UL project could help end the scourge of plastic pollution and turn waste into profit.

SFI reveals 38 researchers to receive crucial €4.5m commercialisation funding

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Dr Creina Slator of DCU is one of the SFI TIDA recipients. Image: SFI

As part of its TIDA programme, SFI has revealed that 38 research positions will be supported under its new €4.5m funding.

Kinzen’s Áine Kerr: ‘People are fed up of the endless scroll’

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Image: Áine Kerr

Journalism luminary Áine Kerr wants to build trust in media by creating a news community from the ground up.

Decawave’s 4z chip breakthrough could be the next big thing in security

Closeup of a man in blue jacket unlocking door system of his car with a smartphone.

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Irish chipmaker has its eyes on the future of consumer commerce in a world of connected devices, from cars to clothes.

Why has Airbnb hired a global head of transportation?

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Why has Airbnb hired Fred Reid? Hint: it’s all about the travel experience and tapping into a vast global community.

Inclusive new emojis offer representation for people with disabilities

Two emojis depicting a man and a woman sitting on motorised wheelchairs, with a magenta background.

Still from ‘First Look: All 230 New Emojis for 2019’. Image: Emojipedia/YouTube

The Unicode Consortium has unveiled a new generation of emojis coming out this year, including images of people with disabilities.

10 tech influencers in Paris you should follow

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This month, we’re taking a closer look at what Paris has to offer the world of tech, including some of its biggest influencers.

Tech salaries in Ireland set to rise 10pc in 2019

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Silicon Docks, Dublin. Image: © Joe Houghton/Stock.adobe.com

Exponential growth of tech sector and digital transformation of traditional industries fuel demand for workers.