Month: May 2019

Children’s storybook of Irish scientists wins €2,000 Mary Mulvihill Award

Third-level students from across the country took part in the 2019 edition of the Mary Mulvihill Award, named in honour of one of the country’s best scientists and science communicators, who sadly passed away in 2015. Now in its third year, the award sets the challenge to students to create an engaging piece of science…
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Final call for start-ups to compete for €280,000 Seedcorn funding

The final call has been issued for companies to compete for a share of this year’s €280,000 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. Seedcorn offers a total cash prize fund of €280,000, with €100,000 earmarked for the overall winner. Since its inception in 2003, the total awarded to innovative companies stands at €4.5m. ‘Seedcorn is much…
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15 Irish firms selected for Google Adopt a Startup programme

15 Irish tech start-ups have been accepted to join the latest Google Adopt a Startup Programme and will work with Google executives to identify how they can more quickly scale up. The companies selected for the Spring Adopt a Startup programme are: Allergy Lifestyle, VRAI, Change Donations, ConstructionBOS, Coroflo, Danalto, EdgeTier, FarmHedge, Limtz, Moby, PepTalk,…
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Watch a dog-like robot struggle to pull a much larger aircraft

Boston Dynamics has shown its robots to be more than capable of traversing difficult terrain or, in many cases, being subjected to abuse by the company’s staff to prove their strength. Now, researchers at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Italy have pushed its own robot to the limit, asking it to pull a…
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10 global fintechs join NadiFin accelerator in Dublin and Luxembourg

10 start-ups from all over the world have been selected for the first cohort of the new NadiFin global fintech accelerator, which will reward €100,000 to the winning start-up. The accelerator is powered by MiddleGame Ventures and Farvest in partnership with the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, Enterprise Ireland and the Fintech & Payments Association…
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New China Tariffs Increase Costs to U.S. Households

Mary Amiti, Stephen J. Redding, and David E. Weinstein Tariffs on $200 billion of U.S. imports from China subject to earlier 10 percent levies increased to 25 percent beginning May 10, 2019, after a breakdown in trade negotiations. In this post, we consider the cost of these higher tariffs to the typical U.S. household. One way to…
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How US-Iran tensions could disrupt Iraq’s fragile peace

By Ranj Alaaldin Tensions between the United States and Iran are escalating rapidly, particularly since U.S. warships were dispatched in response to reported threats against U.S. forces in Iraq from Iran and its proxies. The U.S. has withdrawn all non-emergency embassy staff from Iraq and, on Monday, a mortar attack by Iran’s proxies in Baghdad,…
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Congratulations, you graduated! Now what?

By Amanda Waldron Throughout the months of May and June, millions of young Americans will cross the stage and toss their caps as they graduate from high school and college. As these young people begin to look ahead toward their futures in the workforce or in continued education, we’ve highlighted select pieces of Brookings research…
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Network matching: An attractive solution to surprise billing

By Loren Adler, Matthew Fiedler, Benedic Ippolito Surprise out-of-network bills arise when patients are treated by an out-of-network provider in a situation that cannot reasonably be avoided. Several recent studies highlight that surprise bills are a common occurrence. Most often, surprise bills arise in connection with services delivered by out-of-network emergency physicians or “ancillary” clinicians (e.g., radiology, anesthesiology, pathology, assistant…
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Uber’s IPO fallout underscores the need for a new labor model

By Robert Maxim, Mark Muro Markets have battered Uber and Lyft stock since their respective IPOs, with Uber down over 5% and Lyft down over 20% since going public. Part of that may well have to do with the (many) shaky aspects of their business model, which Uber’s own S-1 filing with the U.S. Securities…
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