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From TheJournal.ie Queen's University scientists make prostate cancer breakthrough Breakthrough

Queen's University scientists make prostate cancer breakthrough

Leader of the study, Dr Joe O’Sullivan (pictured) described it as “a huge step forward” in the fight against prostrate cancer.

From TheJournal.ie 13-year-old makes solar power breakthrough Breakthrough

13-year-old makes solar power breakthrough

The New York teenager made the discovery after being inspired by the patterns that tree branches are laid out in.

From The42 Double amputee 'Blade Runner' makes the Worlds Breakthrough

Double amputee 'Blade Runner' makes the Worlds

The athlete at the centre of the debate about the use of prosthetics in sport has qualified for the Athletics World Championships after clocking a personal best in the 400m.

From TheJournal.ie Low-cal diet can 'defeat diabetes' Diabetes

Low-cal diet can 'defeat diabetes'

A short-term clinical trial funded by Diabetes UK showed that diabetes “can be reversed” using a low-calorie diet.

From TheJournal.ie Major breakthrough in cystic fibrosis treatment Breakthrough

Major breakthrough in cystic fibrosis treatment

Ireland has the largest proportion of cystic fibrosis sufferers in the world and the news has been largely welcomed.

From TheJournal.ie TCD scientists make crucial breakthrough in breast cancer research Breakthrough

TCD scientists make crucial breakthrough in breast cancer research

Researchers discovered that taking beta blockers, which stop stress responses, reduced the chance of the cancer spreading, and improved survival rates.

SCIENTISTS IN America have successfully developed a malaria-resistant mosquito, the BBC reports. The genetically-engineered insect is immune to the strain of malaria contracted by humans.

Researchers at the University of Arizona engineered the mosquitoes, and the head of the project, Prof Michael Riehle, told the Arizona Republic that his plan is to eventually replace all wild mosquitoes with these ones.

The development could be a significant breakthrough in the prevention of the disease, which affects an estimated 250 million people every year. One million people, mostly children, are killed by the illness. Although preventative medicines are highly effective in combating the spread of malaria, some resistant strains of the illness have developed.

Although she had followed a course of Malaria preventatives, Cheryl Cole contracted the illness while on holiday in Tanzania. The X Factor star has been released from hospital and is now recovering at home, but has cancelled some of her workload to recuperate from the illness:

A “VIRTUAL HUMAN” has been shown off at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Global conference in Oxford.

Microsoft has developed the technology, which features the “virtual human”  – a boy called Milo  – who interacts with other people through a screen. Milo reacts to the  other person’s emotions, movements, and tone of voice.

In a demo featured on the BBC’s website, Milo interacts with a woman called Claire. As they speak, it becomes clear that Milo recognises Claire and can interpret her voice to identify what emotion she is feeling.

Peter Molyneux, Creative Director of Microsoft Game Studios in Europe, is responsible for developing the technology.

He explained that he wanted to create an interactive experience where the character someone was talking to seemed alive,  “that would look (you) in the eyes and feel real”.

Milo was first unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles 2009 but has not been seen since. Molyneux said that the technology was designed to interact in such a sensitive way that people believe Milo is real.

The game is designed for use with Microsoft’s  Xbox 360 motion controller, Kinect.

The TED conference is running from 13 – 16 July and features speakers and performers with “ideas worth spreading.”