Research round-up

A brief reflection on some of the most significant recent scientific discoveries

National Science Foundation (NSF) statistics show the majority of Americans find scientists “odd and peculiar”

The publication Science & Engineering Indicators 2018, is a large report from the USA which tracks scientific activity around the world. Along with tracking funding


Plant protein key to combating global warming?

Legumes such as peas, beans and lentils have been found to have the highest nutrient density and the lowest environmental production costs

New research from a collaborative European Union (EU) project TRUE – “Transition paths to sUstainable legume based systems in Europe” (TRUE) has implicated that plant protein is the key to combating hunger and mitigating against global warming. Legumes, such as


New gas infrastructure on horizon for Ireland

The Port of Cork has signed a memorandum of understanding with NextDecade Corporation, a US based liquefied natural gas company

The Port of Cork has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with NextDecade Corporation, an American liquefied natural gas (LNG) development company. NextDecade is listed on the stock exchange as worth nearly $1 billion (€850 million).

The memorandum is an


Environmental politics on the other side of the Atlantic

SciTech Editor Jessie Dolliver sits down with the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, during her visit to Trinity.

Last week the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, addressed environmental graduate and undergraduate students in Trinity. The event took a debate format, wherein McKenna answered questions posed by the audience members. She was accompanied by Dr


The cost of learning STEM

Sci-tech editors Jessie Dolliver and Kevin Agnew explore the ways in which the field of STEM could be made more accessible.

Science is an expensive endeavour, there’s no getting around it. Whether it’s conducting experiments to determine the elemental composition of a comet in space, or trial studies on treating infectious diseases using a whole host of model animals that must


Developments in immunology allow for facial tumour treatment in tasmanian devils

Jessie Dolliver outlines a new therapy developed by an international group of immunologists, which was presented in a recent paper published in Nature

In a research paper published in March 2017 in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, an international group of immunologists lead by Cesar Tovar have announced an effective new therapy for treating tumours in Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) . The transmissible …


The developed world must not ignore climate change any longer

The G20’s dropping of climate change commitments symbolises the dangerous apathy towards humanity’s greatest threat

Last Saturday afternoon the G20 finance ministers gathered in Baden-Baden, Germany, for their annual summit. During these meetings, the wording of a joint statement on trade is usually agreed upon. This summit, however, resulted in some significant and surprising alterations


Trinity researchers discovers link between Motor Neurone Disease and schizophrenia

The study was published in the Nature Communications journal this week

A team, led by Trinity researchers, have discovered a shared genetic origin for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and schizophrenia. The study indicates for the first time that there is biological causative link between


Trinity researchers make breakthrough in preventing infection from medical devices

The research was led by Dr Joan Geoghegan, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Trinity’s School of Genetics and Microbiology

Researchers in Trinity’s School of Genetics and Microbiology have discovered an innovative new technique of preventing pathogenic bacterial growth. The research focuses on preventative strategies to combat bacterial colonisation of medical devices, such as hip replacements and heart valves, which


Slacktivism to Activism: Human Displacement and the Refugee Crisis

Jessie Dolliver explores the disconnect today between taking action and pledging online support to a cause.

FEATURESThis event, coordinated by the Graduates Student Union, focussed on the disconnect between activism – “simply taking action to affect social change”- and the growing phenomenon of slacktivism- “actions performed via the internet in support of a political or social