Habitable exoplanets

Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy begins with the observation that “space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.” The vast scale of the cosmos and its billions of galaxies and stars may lead us to think of the presence of life as inevitable, as if […]

Science in Brief

Scientists make the first ever time crystals that break time   Time crystals were hypothesized in 2012 by Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek. At first, many other physicists dismissed the possibility of the existence of such objects.  However, at the beginning of March two papers on the first time crystals were published in Nature. They are […]

Regenerative medicine and the role of chimeras

  Genetic Chimera   “A genetic chimera, in contrast, is just biological tissue that contains cells and DNA of multiple species.”   The complex terminology and nomenclature used by scientists is often criticised for being difficult to read or understand. Scientists can, however, face the opposite problem, where a simple term provokes suspicion or fear […]

The struggles and contributions of Marie Curie

The glass ceiling   “In the late 19th century, the Sorbonne enrolled a new female student from Warsaw, Poland. She came to France to study physics and mathematics upon her sister’s invitation after a bad break up with her first love.  Her name was Maria Skłodowska.”   The glass ceiling has almost always been blocking women […]

Expanding the CRISPR 

What is CRISPR? Biology has been outshone in recent years. History has been made in physics, with the discovery of the Higgs boson and the detection of gravitational waves. Biological research however, has failed to excite the public as it once did with Dolly the sheep or the Human Genome Project. Although they haven’t been […]

Wonders of nanotechnology and material science

“As soon as I mention this, people tell me about miniaturization, and how far it has progressed today. They tell me about electric motors that are the size of the nail on your small finger. And there is a device on the market, they tell me, by which you can write the Lord’s Prayer on […]

Santa’s secret – it’s not magic… it’s science!

  Santa’s challenge Lets establish the problem we are going to analyse in the article. Santa Claus is an elderly, rather large man who spends one night in the year to deliver presents to children all around the world. He travels in a flying sleigh pulled by nine flying reindeers. Once he gets to a […]

Science in brief

TCD physicists create a sensor from graphene and silly putty   On December 9, the prestigious journal Science published a paper on “Sensitive electromechanical sensors using viscoelastic graphene-polymer nanocomposites” which reports on a very exciting discovery of what is now called G-putty at Trinity’s Amber materials science centre. The team was led by Prof. Jonathan […]

Dáil discusses the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes

“Early last month saw Cork mother Vera Twomey pledge to walk 150 miles to Dublin to raise awareness of the effectiveness of cannabis in seizure treatment.”   On 2 December 2016, a bill to allow the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes was passed through the second stage of the Dáil with no opposition. Bill […]

Teaching methods in science from the dark ages

  “Students learn at different rates and in varying ways and hence accepting an answer too quickly results in terminating their thought process.”   Most lecturers we come across aspire to be good teachers and want their students to learn, and TCD claims to nurture the tradition of scholarship and excellence. Unfortunately, this cannot be […]

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Niamh Lynch
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Kelly McGlynn
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Michael Foley
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Katarzyna Siewierska
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Clare McCarthy
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Illustration

Aisling Crabbe
Natalia Duda
Sarah Morel
Mike Dolan
John Tierney
Naoise Dolan
Sarah Larragy
Mubbashir Ali Sultan
Nadia Bertaud
Daniel Tatlow

Photography

Kevin O'Rourke
Ines Niarchos
Huda Awan