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The US Is Waging War on Digital Trade New! 2020-04-10 09:00:00As Washington tries to take China, Russia, India, and others to task, the world mounts “cyber sovereignty” defenses.

Thanks to Sheltering in Place, Animal Shelters Are New! 2020-04-10 09:00:00A recent pet adoption boom is the feel-good pandemic story you need right now.

6 Popular Video Conferencing Tools Compared: Zoom, Skype, New! 2020-04-10 09:00:00Keeping in touch while sheltering in place means relying on a video chat service. But which one is most appropriate for which situation?

Life in Pandemic and Echoes of Soviet Russia New! 2020-04-10 09:00:00Plus: Revisiting the trial of Ira Einhorn, ridding the internet of ghost websites, and testing tigers for Covid-19.

Trump Isn't Wrong About Investigating WHO New! 2020-04-10 08:00:00A right-wing stunt to pin the blame for Covid-19 on the World Health Organization actually contains a useful notion.

The Race to Develop a Coronavirus Vaccine New! 2020-04-10 08:00:00On this week's podcast, we talk with staff writer Megan Molteni about the efforts to eradicate the virus. We also discuss Covid-19 testing in the US.

Modified Sleep Apnea Machines May Ease the Ventilator New! 2020-04-10 08:00:00Preparing for surges of Covid-19 patients, health care workers are turning to retrofitted versions of devices that are plentiful and approved for use.

The 5 Best VR Headsets (2020): Oculus Quest, New! 2020-04-10 07:00:00Virtual worlds are more accessible than ever. These headsets can take you there, whether you want a standalone, room-scale, or PC-based experience.

This Week's Cartoons: Drones, Deepfakes, and Sci-Fi Futures New! 2020-04-10 07:00:00The truth will be stranger than fiction.

Does Vaping Raise Your Risk of Covid-19 Symptoms? New! 2020-04-10 07:00:00There are no studies yet, but reports showing heightened dangers for tobacco smokers and lung damage from vaping are raising alarms for doctors and pa

The History of Pandemics Teaches Us Only That New! 2020-04-10 07:00:00Is there a lesson in this repeating failure? Would we even learn it if there was?

Short Fiction: ‘Rules of Special Measures’ by Ben New! 2020-04-10 07:00:00“So was it really so terrible living without those 800-thread-count sheets, that lovely Danish-modern chest of drawers?”

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Breathing System Reduces Need for Ventilators 2020-04-06 13:00:00Materialise has developed a technology that can provide positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) to the lungs without the use of a true ventilator.

Making Biodegradable Plastic from Food Waste 2020-04-06 07:00:00Canadian-based company Genecis has developed a process to convert food waste that would otherwise be relegated to landfills, into biodegradable plasti

Iron Lung Concept as alternative to Ventilators 2020-04-05 07:00:00The Exovent is a Negative Pressure Ventilator (NPV) that is non-invasive so patients don't have to be intubated.

Wearable Device provides Contact Tracing for Employees 2020-04-04 07:00:00Estimote has created a range of wearable devices that can enhance workplace safety for those of us who must come in to work.

Clear Facemasks to Aid the Deaf 2020-04-03 07:00:00Current face masks completely cover the nose and mouth which makes it impossible for the deaf or hard of hearing to see the way your mouth is moving w

VOIXATCH with Built-in Headset 2020-04-02 07:00:00The VOIXATCH smartwatch not only looks great, it has a Bluetooth headset docked right into it that you can detach and suspend around your ear.

Using Viruses to Fight the Flu 2020-04-01 07:00:00Scientists in Berlin have created virus cells that the flu virus latches onto in the body, preventing them from taking hold and causing infection.

Universal Cancer Blood Test 2020-03-31 07:00:00Researchers have developed an AI-powered blood test that can accurately detect over 50 different types of cancer and identify where in the body it res

Disinfecting N95 Masks 2020-03-30 07:00:00A Canadian firm is now taking orders for a device that can rapidly disinfect N95 masks using UV-C light.

Autonomous Active Airbag for Motorcyclists 2020-03-29 13:00:00Designed to be worn under your jacket, the Tech-Air Airbag System Vest protects motorcyclists from road impact - you just have to make sure your jacke

GOOVIS VR Headset Changes the Game 2020-03-29 07:00:00Unlike other VR headsets, GOOVIS Young is not a head-mounted computer, but rather, it's a face-mounted display that's compatible with almost any dev

Shape-Shifting Lexus 2020-03-28 13:00:00The Lexus Hikari concept car has a shape-shifting exterior that can either let light into the vehicle or close it off into a comfortable cocoon.

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Mastercard announces $250m support for small businesses hit 2020-04-09 08:25:38Mastercard has announced a new funding package for small businesses that have had to close their doors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The p

Irish universities and researchers launch Covid-19 tracker 2020-04-09 07:57:51Through the new platform, people living in Ireland can anonymously log any symptoms of Covid-19 they might be experiencing to provide researchers with

€12m invested in four research projects by US-Irish 2020-04-09 07:40:19An all-island and US partnership has announced a €12m investment in four research projects across a wide variety of topics. The post €12m i

Google offers Stadia for free to anyone with 2020-04-09 07:24:01The free Stadia Pro membership will provide users access to nine games for the next two months. The post Google offers Stadia for free to anyone with

5 remote-working tips for employers 2020-04-09 06:50:34The employment and benefits team at William Fry outlines how employers can make the transition to remote working as smooth as possible. The post 5 rem

Graph shows ‘seismic noise’ has dropped dramatically in 2020-04-09 06:18:06With Ireland’s roads largely empty and many now staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s ‘seismic noise’

Dublin’s SilverCloud Health raises €14.7m in Series B 2020-04-09 06:14:41Irish mental health platform SilverCloud Health has raised €14.7m in funding, which will be used to expand the start-up's operations in the US a

Expert lessons in change management during uncertain times 2020-04-09 05:55:47Amy Cappellanti-Wolf, the former CHRO of Symantec, discusses what she learned about change management in a $10bn merger. The post Expert lessons in ch

NDRC at ArcLabs opens applications for €75,000 investment 2020-04-09 05:13:23Despite the challenges caused by Covid-19, NDRC plans to go ahead with its ArcLabs accelerator later this year. The post NDRC at ArcLabs opens applica

Trinity and AIB join forces for dedicated Covid-19 2020-04-09 05:10:34AIB has pledged €2.4m to help accelerate Trinity College Dublin’s immunology project tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The post Trinity and A

Square1 invests in Shane Monahan’s social audio app 2020-04-08 07:36:22Irish design and development agency Square1 has backed Limor, an app founded by former professional rugby player Shane Monahan. The post Square1 inve

Study finds clouds getting ‘brighter’ with pollutants won’t 2020-04-08 07:22:16NUI Galway researchers have raised serious doubts about the claim that pollutants will make clouds ‘brighter’ and offset global warming.


The Coronavirus Is Deadlier in Places With Bad 2020-04-08 17:09:56 Data has started to emerge that suggests COVID-19 can be deadlier if patients were also exposed to high levels of air pollution. By looking at data f

This “Mutant Enzyme” Can Break Down Plastic Bottles 2020-04-08 17:02:16 Mutant Enzymes Researchers working for industrial development company Carbios have created a mutant bacterial enzyme that can break down plastic bott

Trump Signs Executive Order Encouraging Moon, Asteroid Mining 2020-04-08 15:48:31 President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday that encourages the mining of resources in space and on the Moon. “Americans should

“UFO-Like” Sea Creature Made up of “Millions of 2020-04-08 15:23:51 According to a Newsweek report, researchers found a bizarre deep sea organism off the cost of Western Australia. And it’s an absolute mammoth.

Dr. Fauci: “I Don’t Think We Should Ever 2020-04-08 13:31:40 Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the White House’s top infectious disease

Trump Threatens to Pull Funding for the World 2020-04-08 12:30:39 President Trump is now trying to place the blame for the coronavirus pandemic on the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump directed his ire at the W

NASA Telescope Idea Could Spot Vegetation on Distant 2020-04-08 11:49:42 NASA is considering funding a telescope called a “solar gravitational lens” (SGL) that could allow us to look at distant exoplanets at an

The Coronavirus Is Disproportionately Killing Black People 2020-04-08 11:35:50 In the United States, the coronavirus is disproportionately infecting, hurting, and killing black people. There’s nothing inherent to COVID-19

Scientists Release Incredible Video of Black Hole Spewing 2020-04-08 10:42:46 After an international coalition of scientists released the first-ever image of a black hole last year, we now have the ultimate follow-up:  a v

NASA Funds Giant Radio Telescope Concept on Far 2020-04-07 17:07:51 The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, an incubator for radically futuristic and otherworldly concepts, has awarded a Phase 1 grant fo

There’s No Good Evidence That Hydroxychloroquine Fights COVID-19 2020-04-07 17:07:09 Even though there’s no robust, thorough, and convincing evidence to suggest that it does any good, President Trump continues to tout the anti-m

The Pandemic Stranded Them in the Worst Place: 2020-04-07 17:07:03 As the coronavirus pandemic made it difficult — and ill-advised regardless — to travel, one group of scientists found it particularly dif

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