Weird water creatures and where to find them

The deep sea contains some of the strangest animals known to man. Why do they exist and how do they survive?

The deep sea has a range of unique conditions which have made it the ideal place for the evolution of bizarre organisms with otherworldly appearances. Complete darkness, cold temperatures, and high pressure combine to make this ecosystem one of the


Like a moth to a lamp: fatal attraction in nature

Why is the moth so attracted to lamps, and what other examples of fatal attraction can we find in nature?

Fatal attraction in nature occurs where an animals’ attraction for something is detrimental for its survival. The popular moth-and-lamp memes encapsulate one such example. While these may just seem entertaining, there are problems associated with these kinds of phenomena when


The environmental cost of Christmas

The inconvenient truth about the festive season

The Christmas period in the western world highlights one of the most serious environmental challenges of our time – rampant consumerism. Advertisements begin well in advance of the occasion, with retailers aiming to keep consumers’ focus on their products for …


A taste of Trinity’s research

Trinity’s Festive Research Showcase provided an insight on undergoing research in Trinity

Earlier this week, the Science Gallery was host to a research showcase comprising academics from each of the three faculties at Trinity. Dean of Research, Professor Linda Doyle, introduced each of the speakers and emphasised that this festive-themed event, the …


Understanding sharks: an interview with Professor Nick Payne

Ciarán Ó Cuív talks to Professor Nick Payne to discuss his coastal upbringing, love for sharks, and plans for the future

Since joining the Zoology department at the beginning of the academic year, Assistant Professor Nick Payne has already made a name for himself on a national scale. He was interviewed for television for his work on a research project which


From 1943 to 2018: What is the future of life?

This week, Trinity is bringing together some of the most brilliant scientists for a two-day conference at the National Concert Hall

To mark the 75th anniversary of the historic lectures given by Erwin Schrödinger at Trinity, a two-day event has been organised by the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute on September 5 and 6 at the National Concert Hall.

‘Schrödinger at 75’