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Dublin: 5 °C Saturday 20 December, 2014

Science - Yesterday’s News

The world’s deepest living fish is ‘unlike anything scientists have seen before’

It has “large wing-like fins and a head resembling a cartoon dog”.

Stem cells from human eggs can now be patented

Stem cells from human eggs can now be patented

That’s a ruling from Europe’s top court.

Blizzard may cause some problems for Santa … But don’t worry, it should pass by Christmas Eve

Santa’s coming … Just five sleeps to go. But will he have a clear run to Ireland from the North Pole?

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Science - Thursday 18 December, 2014

Stereotypes could be holding students back from embracing STEM courses CAO

Stereotypes could be holding students back from embracing STEM courses

New research shows students biggest concern is fitting in at third-level.

What are the odds of a white Christmas this year? … Well, this man ought to know

Will we be rolling snowmen as we roast our turkeys? Met Éireann’s head of forecasting dropped by the newsroom to tell us.

New UK rules could allow embryos to be created from three people

This would allow mothers to prevent passing on genetic diseases.

Science - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

New York to ban fracking over health fears

New York to ban fracking over health fears

“We can’t afford to make a mistake. The potential dangers are too great.”

Nasa isn’t ruling out ‘methane burps’ as evidence of life on Mars

However, it could also mean that life once existed. It could also disappointingly be from another source.

Science - Sunday 14 December, 2014

Alan Kelly thinks a new UN climate deal is a good one, but Mary Robinson doesn’t agree

Critics say the deal doesn’t go far enough for poor countries.

An electric eel shocks its prey like a Taser

It can make its prey twitch so it can eat it.

Science - Saturday 13 December, 2014

Doing the ’12 Pubs’? … Here’s what happens to your body after each one of those drinks

No-one does a ‘Four Pubs of Christmas’. But it might seem like a hell of a better idea, after reading this.

The “best shooting star shower of the year” is happening tonight

The event will be seen around Ireland with the naked eye.

Scientist offers to be eaten by anaconda, freaks out right before it

The anaconda is doing fine, the scientist is also ok.

Science - Friday 12 December, 2014

The Grand Canyon filled with fog is simply magical looking

The phenomenon on show is a what’s called a total cloud inversion.

Science - Thursday 11 December, 2014

Science - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

From Business ETC Dutch trains are trying out lasers to blast rail debris away Pewpew

Dutch trains are trying out lasers to blast rail debris away

Placed just in front of the wheels, the lasers are able to remove leaves and other debris from the tracks while the train is moving.

US scientist who sold his Nobel Prize to donate some of his millions to Irish university DNA

US scientist who sold his Nobel Prize to donate some of his millions to Irish university

It has also been revealed that the man who bought the medal did so to give it back.

Science - Sunday 7 December, 2014

Babies are smarter if they spend longer in the mother’s womb

Babies who weigh more when they’re born do better in school tests, scientists have found.

From Business ETC Weird Wide Web: Steve Jobs back from the dead, smart tree lights and Zoella tops Harry Potter Week In Web

Weird Wide Web: Steve Jobs back from the dead, smart tree lights and Zoella tops Harry Potter

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

Here’s how to beat anyone at rock-paper-scissors

According to a Chinese mathematician.

Science - Saturday 6 December, 2014

Alien invader: It may look harmless, but this tiny clam has a LOT of state agencies worried

Highly invasive and difficult to get rid of, it’s thought the Asian Clam may been inadvertently brought to Ireland in boat bilge water or as live bait.

Science - Friday 5 December, 2014

Leona — the stranded Clare turtle — is over her jetlag, and swimming free

The loggerhead turtle was found on a Clare beach last year. She was flown to Gran Canaria by Aer Lingus earlier this week.

Orion: A successful Planet Earth landing for NASA’s latest test-flight

The craft flew further and faster than any capsule built for humans since the Apollo moon program — 42 years ago.

1.8 million Irish adults could be at risk of dying 8 years before their time

Obesity could also lead to a person losing as much as 19 years of healthy living.

Science - Wednesday 3 December, 2014

From Business ETC Google only needs one click to tell if you’re a robot or not Does Not Compute

Google only needs one click to tell if you’re a robot or not

Completing captchas may soon be a thing of the past.

Science - Tuesday 2 December, 2014

From Business ETC Can artificial intelligence be creative like humans… and take over digital art? Computer Says Yes

Can artificial intelligence be creative like humans… and take over digital art?

It’s one of the “big ideas” being pitched at Ireland’s first national innovation showcase today.

A turtle that washed up on a beach in Clare is being flown to Gran Canaria

It took a year to nurse Leona back to health.

HIV may be evolving to become less deadly

As the virus adapts to the human immune system in order to survive longer, it weakens its own ability to cause disease, according to new research.

Science - Monday 1 December, 2014

From Business ETC Remember Google Glass? A new version is expected to arrive next year Take Two

Remember Google Glass? A new version is expected to arrive next year

The device will be powered by Intel as it plans to market the device to hospitals as well as other workplaces.

Science - Sunday 30 November, 2014

Inside the abandoned rocket bases dotted across the United States

Many once-important facilities now sit dormant, decommissioned years ago, now rusting in the sun.

Here’s why cold weather doesn’t mean global warming isn’t real

If it’s so cold and there’s a dangerous amount of snow, then how could the Earth possibly be warming?

From Business ETC Weird Wide Web: A bloody game, a coding Taoiseach and the #1 porn video of all time Week In Web

Weird Wide Web: A bloody game, a coding Taoiseach and the #1 porn video of all time

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

Irish explorers almost killed themselves to reach this island … Now, it’s on Google Street View

Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean risked their lives sailing to the isolated island of South Georgia — before crossing its hostile landscape to seek help for their stranded crewmates.

Science - Saturday 29 November, 2014

How dogs are being used to save wild animals in Africa

They’re being used to track down poachers.

Science - Thursday 27 November, 2014

From Business ETC US med-tech firm Medtronic has been cleared to come to Ireland… and get a sweet tax deal Sweet Deal

US med-tech firm Medtronic has been cleared to come to Ireland… and get a sweet tax deal

The company is buying Dublin-headquartered Covidien for about €34 billion.

Good news: Scientists may have discovered a vaccine for Ebola

But it is still some way from hitting the market.

Science - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

From Business ETC What makes a Rubik’s Cube a Rubik’s Cube? Off The Grid

What makes a Rubik’s Cube a Rubik’s Cube?

A trademark court says its all about the lines on the front, apparently.

From Business ETC This Irish company has produced the new ‘gold standard’ in medical technology Aerogen

This Irish company has produced the new ‘gold standard’ in medical technology

Aerogen’s drug nebulisers are being used in the intensive-care units of hospitals in 70 countries.

Being fat is leading to more cancer – particularly for women

Almost three times more likely than men, in fact.

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