Weekend takeaway: Behold, the fascinating world of sci-tech

15 Sep 2017

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From Cassini smashing into Saturn to the diversity dilemma in innovation, we have all the best sci-tech stories to complement your weekend reading.

1. Remembering Cassini: 10 stunning images over 20 years

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has smashed into Saturn after nearly two decades, but the images it captured will live on for years to come.

2. King of convergence: Eir’s Richard Moat on the fibre and 5G future

Eir CEO Richard Moat says broadband and mobile bundles are enabling better customer retention, and outlines how the company is preparing for the 5G future.

3. 15 of Helsinki’s hottest start-ups worth sussing out

Finland’s capital Helsinki is a hotbed of tech innovation. We check out 15 promising Helsinki start-ups that are making waves internationally.

4. Diversity in tech: Why can’t the innovators solve this dilemma?

With 23 years in male-dominated industries behind her, Dr Anita Sands has learned how ignoring micro-behaviours comes at the peril of a healthy, inclusive company culture.

5. Scurri along now: Wexford e-commerce player hits €10bn milestone

Scurri is on track to process €1bn in gross merchandise value every month.

6. DCU scientist is using chemistry to protect the environment

Dr Blánaid White of DCU is using analytical chemistry to help protect the environment and the food we eat. She spoke to Dr Claire O’Connell.

7. Almost 70pc of Irish connections meet global definition of broadband

Good news for the connected, but meaningless if you are on the wrong side of the digital divide.

8. PwC cybersecurity lead on GDPR: ‘Everybody is starting too late’

As the countdown begins to GDPR, Irish and European organisations are seriously underprepared, says PwC’s Pat Moran.

9. Proof that old men have big ears among winners of 2017 Ig Nobel prizes

The Ig Nobel awards are a time to celebrate the sillier side of research, and this year’s winners have not disappointed.

10. Huawei is turning Chinese city into a vast NB-IoT demo playground

This week in IoT, Huawei creates a demo smart city, industry is getting serious about AI, and Intel and Tencent team up for blockchain.

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