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Challenges for resourcing the data centre industry in IrelandOctober 7, 2019

By 2026 as much as 15 per cent of all electricity demand here will come from data centres and, with this expected growth, the third level sector should consider developing a specialist mechanical and electrical services module for data centres and other energy intensive buildings, writes Brendan Dervan
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Shape-shifting robot built from ‘smarticles’ shows new locomotion strategySeptember 23, 2019

Building conventional robots typically requires carefully combining components like motors, batteries, actuators, body segments, legs and wheels - but now researchers have taken a new approach, building a robot entirely from smaller robots known as 'smarticles' to unlock the principles of a potentially new locomotion technique
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Pioneer of semiconductor industry Mike Tuthill: An appreciationJuly 1, 2019

Mike Tuthill, who has died at the age of 71, was a genius of his time who broke barriers faster than anybody else and shaped the semiconductor industry worldwide. A long-time employee of Analog Devices, Limerick, he was a true pioneer who developed innovations that pushed technology and performance frontiers
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Three dynamic trends defining the future officeJuly 1, 2019

Reports of the office’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. But how we build, occupy and maintain workplaces must continue to evolve to reflect the changing world of work. Workplace strategy and design specialist Nicola Gillen outlines some of the major forces shaping next-generation workplace design
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‘Quantum computers will soon outperform classical machines’July 1, 2019

European scientists have spent 100 years developing the field of quantum mechanics – a branch of physics dealing with the atomic and subatomic scale – and we need to reap the profits now that quantum computers and other technologies are becoming a reality, according to Dr Thomas Monz from the University of Innsbruck