The cost of learning STEM

  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 be bred and maintained, there is the cost of research. These come in many […]

Queen’s University researchers discover a novel way to recycle household aluminium foil

A groundbreaking development  in combating the problems of household aluminium foil waste has been realised. Researchers at the Queen’s University, Belfast, school of chemistry and chemical engineering have engineered a new eco-friendly, cost effective method to convert common aluminium foil into very pure aluminium salts. These salts can, in turn, be used to manufacture a […]

Trinity bees produce their first honey

If you’ve been in College in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a peculiar buzzing filling the air as Trinity’s very own bees have been busy foraging all over College and beyond. This resulted in the very first official jar of Trinity honey being harvested on July 28. The bees have already attracted […]

Increased risk of dementia in people with Down Syndrome

Emerging research from a Trinity team has shown that those with Down Syndrome are more likely to develop dementia and to do so at an earlier age. A longitudinal study, which annually assessed  77 women over 35 years of age for symptoms of dementia, found that, over the last 20 years, 97.4% of participants developed […]

Trinity researchers explore “superpower” nanomaterials

Graphite, most commonly found in pencils, is something that at first may appear uninteresting to us. It’s grey, brittle and difficult to write with at times. In 2004 however, two scientists, who were curious about the layered properties of graphite (the property that makes it possible to write with), sought to explore the limits of […]

A Mobile Solution

  How many of us still wear a watch? Carry a camera? Emails, MP3s, even the ancient calendar – your phone does them all. So why not go one step further and leave the wallet behind? So suggests the French App company Lydia.   Launched in 2013 by Antoine Porte and Cyril Chiche, Lydia aims […]

Developments in immunology allow for facial tumour treatment in tasmanian devils

  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 cancer, known simply as devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) was effectively treated following novel […]

Ave Verum: Medical device spin out maps the start-up path to success

  “This might be the last photo of just the three of us,” says Conor Harkin, co-founder and Chief Executive of ProVerum Medical. He leans against a desk in the ProVerum offices in Dublin City Centre, not far from the Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI). He’s joined by Michael Burke, a Trinity graduate and the medtech […]

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 […]


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