Dr Bruce Martin: “A big part of what we are doing is helping to link the students up with researchers who are working on cutting-edge technologies”

Graduates of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s MSc in innovation, entrepreneurship and design gain more than a much sought-after Smur(...)

 Paschal Donohoe,  Enda Kenny,  Joan Burton and  Brendan Howlin: “Is the focus of publicly funded R&D creating the best impact for the economy and society?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The general election, as you may have heard, is imminent. In 2011, Enda Kenny campaigned to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which (...)

Checking out the latest Microsoft Surface: rather than simple devices dominating the market, we instead have highly sophisticated mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

‘A PC is a ridiculous device.” So Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison raged 20 years ago in September 1995, in a warm-up speech at an analys(...)

 Enda Kenny: While the Taoiseach asserts Ireland is the best small country to do business, he and his Government have certainly not come  close to creating the best small country for ambitious entrepreneurs.  Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

‘The best small country in the world to do business.” Our Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, first asserted his global ambition for Ireland during his general ele(...)

SGI will use the funding to support the development of a global science gallery network.

The parent company of Dublin’s Science Gallery has received an investment of more than €1 million, including a donation of €450,000 from the US-based(...)

The Apple iPhone: introduced with a single screen with no physical keyboard.   Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

‘Smartphones are really complicated. Just for the basic stuff people have a hard time figuring out how to use them.” As Apple chief executive, Steve J(...)

Airbnb has a general reputation of working with authorities to ensure that regulations are honoured and that its hosts are aware of legal obligations and local regulations. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

The accommodation letting company Airbnb made Irish headlines this month by agreeing to share information with the Revenue Commissioners. Airbnb hosts(...)

Fitbit’s Flex is  an “electronic coach”. The firm offers bracelets and clip-on devices which monitor your physical activity, especially steps taken, pace and heart rate. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

The Tudor Queen, Elizabeth 1st, was reputedly among the first in the world to wear a clock on her body, an “armlet” received as a new year gift in 157(...)

The advances in car automation are impressive

‘My first customer was a lunatic. My second had a death wish.” It seems that Karl Benz did not have high confidence in the safety of his new product, (...)

Military drones: The level of automation in military UAVs is becoming sophisticated, and matches the capabilities of elite military pilots. Photograph: US Navy/Jeffrey S. Viano

Norma Jean Dougherty worked in a factory near Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles which manufactured the first mass-produced radio-controlled aircraft mod(...)