Category Archives: Science/Tech


On Sunday night, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The rocket returned safely to earth but not before atmospheric conditions during the launch caused what appeared to be a spectacular nebula in the sky, prompting LA mayor Eric Garrett to issue a reassuring tweet.

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An enhanced-colour image of Jupiter’s south pole and its swirling atmosphere created by Roman Tkachenko using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

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An instructional short from the Kurzgesagt – In A Nutshell Youtube channel wherein it is posited that gravity is our gaoler. To wit:

We are trapped on earth. Controlled by an ancient debt to the universe…

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Images of the rings of Saturn pix 1,2: (outer (B) ring, pix 1,2; inner (A) ring, pic 3 and a detail of a density wave, pic 4) taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, now in the midst of its ‘ring grazing’ phase as it moves in to study the outer and inner disks of orbiting ice and rock.

These images are twice the resolution of anything previously achievable and allow objects as small as 550m (about the height of the CN Tower in Toronto) to be discerned.

Full resolution photos here.

Previously: The Seas Of Titan

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An experimental probe launched by NASA from Alaska yesterday – off to measure nitric oxide in the polar sky.

Image by Jamie Adkins of the Poker Flat Research Range.

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The first installment of Fáilte Ireland’s venture into the world of V.R. and 3D footage of the Wild Atlantic Way.

A virtually gnarly 360′ of Ollie ‘The Fla‘ O’Flaherty riding the surf beneath the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare.

Next week: sheep scaring on the Burren.

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Thanks Oval Head

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The Goodyear Eagle-360 – a concept envisaged for the autonomous cars of the future featuring road-sensing, ultra-stable spherical tyres that can rotate on any axis.

Yes. Just like the Audi RSQ from I, Robot.

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Ain’t no party, like a fintech party.

Dynamic, creative and ambitious nerds starter-uppers take note.

Mark O’Toole writes:

Irish currency exchange startup CurrencyFair (of Sebastian Chabal fame) have just released this video offering advice to Irish start-ups and why tech companies should be positive about the Dublin scene.

It’s not all just about favourable tax breaks and early exit strategies you know.

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This lunchtime.

On a lonely bench in Herbert Park [Ballsbridge, Dublin 4]

Brand Ireland writes:

This is the ‘supersonic’ Irish artisan food 20 quid buys you at the Web Summit, disappointing.

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