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Brexit & Irish Waterways

April 3, 2017 |

With the flow of EU funding set to dry up, and the possibility of a hard border, Irish Waterways navigate uncharted territory.

There is considerable uncertainty regarding all matters surrounding Brexit; which in itself presents its own set of challenges. … Read More

Irish Navy involved in the rescue of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean

September 13, 2016 |

An Irish naval vessel has been involved in a mission to rescue migrants off the coast of Libya.

The LÉ James Joyce this morning located and rescued 423 migrants from 18 separate vessels during a complex operation 40 nautical miles … Read More

The Falling Man – An unforgettable story

September 12, 2016 |

Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most … Read More

6,500 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

August 31, 2016 |

The Italian coastguard has said some 6,500 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast. 617 of those were rescued by the LÉ James Joyce. The Irish naval vessel was called into action by the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.

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Scientists Just Made A Tiny Robotic Caterpillar That’s Powered By Light

August 26, 2016 |

Researchers from the University of Warsaw have employed liquid crystalline elastomers and soft robotics techniques to make a small robot caterpillar that moves according to light conditions. Soft robotics is a field that not too many are familiar with, but … Read More

Hiker trapped on mountain for month describes ordeal

August 26, 2016 |

A Czech hiker who survived a month trapped in a remote snow-bound hut in New Zealand after her partner died in a fall said this morning she knew it would be perilous to try to reach civilisation.

Pavlina Pizova broke … Read More

Self-driving taxis begin picking up passengers in Singapore

August 25, 2016 |

NuTonomy beats Uber in race to launch world’s first driverless taxi service. The world’s first self-driving taxis have begun picking up passengers in Singapore.

Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated … Read More

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic medals could be made of discarded electronics

August 24, 2016 |

China launched its first Tibetan-language search engine this week, called Yongzin. It aims to be a “unified portal for all major Tibetan-language websites in China,” according to the state news agency Xinhua.

Yongzin means “master” or “teacher” in Tibetan. It … Read More

Putin appoints church historian as science minister

August 23, 2016 |

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a church historian as the country’s new science and education minister.

On 19 August, the president announced that Olga Vasilyeva would succeed the current science minister, Dmitry Livanov, who will become presidential envoy on … Read More

Thousands of strange blue lakes are appearing in Antarctica, and it’s very bad news

August 22, 2016 |

Scientists have confirmed that thousands of pristine blue lakes have appeared on the ice sheets of East Antarctica, and it’s got them very worried.

The problem? They’ve seen this kind of thing happen before. Greenland’s ice sheet has been disintegrating … Read More

Louisiana pastor who believes flooding sent to punish gays driven from home by floods

August 22, 2016 |

A pastor who believes that natural disasters are sent by God to punish gay people has been driven out of his home by severe flooding sweeping Louisiana.

The death toll from historic flooding rose to 13 on Thursday as receding … Read More

Egypt Suspends 8 Female TV Anchors, Saying They Are Overweight

August 22, 2016 |

CAIRO — Most Egyptian journalists have had to watch their tongues and tone down their reporting over the past three years to keep their jobs under a military-dominated government. Now, the state is ordering some women working as television anchors … Read More