Weekend Takeaway: Breakthrough ideas

Breakthrough as Nuritas reveals bioactive ingredient delivered through AI

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Dr Nora Khaldi and Dr Emmet Browne of Nuritas. Image: Kieran Hartnett

Dr Nora Khaldi’s Dublin start-up and BASF are claiming a new breakthrough as a world first.

Facebook expanding in Ireland as it acquires Ballsbridge campus

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A planned image of the new campus, which will be located in Ballsbridge. Image: Hume Brophy/Transparent House

Facebook says it is expanding its presence in Ireland by acquiring a lease for a new campus in Ballsbridge, Co Dublin.

Samsung reveals foldable smartphone that unfurls into a tablet computer

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It seems the future is foldable as Samsung unveils its Infinity Flex Display foldable smartphone that doubles as a tablet computer.

Scientists find way to tweak ‘happiness hormone’ to control cancer immunity

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A team of scientists in Vienna, including an Irish researcher, has made a substantial breakthrough that could help us fight cancer in a new way.

Graphene breakthrough brings us one step closer to cleaner fuels

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Researchers have found a way to pack graphene even tighter, taking us a step closer to producing hydrogen and other cleaner fuels.

Satellite images reveal remains of lost continents hidden under Antarctica

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The latest satellite imagery from ESA has helped uncover images of the remnants of lost continents deep beneath ice sheets at Antarctica.

Blockchain blockers: Why roll-outs are being held up

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Western countries risk being left behind by China in the race for the development of blockchain.

How do we avoid a post-quantum apocalypse?

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Sarah McCarthy. Image: TechWatch

TechWatch’s Emily McDaid talks to CSIT’s Sarah McCarthy about cryptography and the need for secure digital ID in a post-quantum world.

Three to invest £2bn in roll-out of 5G infrastructure across UK

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Three UK CEO claims 5G will allow users to ditch fixed-line broadband.

Amazon addresses staff worries about facial recognition and law enforcement

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Amazon has been criticised in recent times for licensing its facial recognition software system to government and law enforcement agencies in the US.

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