Higgs Boson

Scientists believe they have captured the elusive “God particle” that gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together.

The historic announcement came in a progress report from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the £2.6 billion “Big Bang” particle accelerator at the centre of the hunt for the Higgs boson.

Professor John Womersley. chief executive of the Science and technology Facilities Council, told reporters at a briefing in London: “They have discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson. Discovery is the important word. That is confirmed. It’s a momentous day for science.”

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DNA test

A new diagnostic DNA test has been developed by a team at the National University of Ireland Galway to help in the global effort to control tuberculosis (TB). The rapid laboratory test allows for the identification of the exact bacteria causing a patient’s TB which will give valuable information for their treatment.

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Surgacoll - Bone Grafting

SurgaColl Technologies, a spin-out company from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), has secured a €2m investment fund to focus on commercialising its tissue-regeneration technology.

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