Research roundup

Genetic analysis reveals social interactions between Neanderthals and early Modern Humans Neanderthals are the closest genetic ancestor to early modern humans (homo sapiens) and are studied to understand more about the ancestral history of early modern humans. Studying Neanderthal genetic composition, however, is no small feat. Approximately 40,000 years ago, these archaic humans had all […]

The Nobel Prize winners in the Sciences 2017

This year’s Nobel Prize announcements began on October 2. The Prize in Physiology and Medicine was the first to be announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. This was followed throughout the week by prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Literature and the Peace Prize.   The final award, for Economic Sciences, while not […]

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

With life getting better by almost all measurable standards, why have rates of depression and anxiety disorders been on the rise?  We have entered the “information age” as a by-product of technological advances brought forth by the internet.    It seems that there have been some unsuspected side effects of what might be more of […]

New Trinity research examines effect of compassion in therapy

The stereotypes we all associate with therapy are continually being challenged by recent developments in Psychological research. The image of a Freud-like therapist blaming your father for your fear of heights while you lie across a couch is a far-cry from the latest psychological intervention techniques.   Notably, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a new […]

New gas infrastructure on horizon for Ireland

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 informal agreement to explore a major gas supply project costing hundreds of millions of […]

Research round-up

Organic chemists complete a total synthesis of potential anti-cancer molecule Bryostatin 1 In the search for molecules with potential anti-cancer properties, scientists have often turned to natural sources to find good leads. One such natural source was a marine creature known as Bugula Neritina, a red, bushy, fern-like invertebrate often mistaken for seaweed. It was […]

Bee-ware, poison in the pollen?

“Charismatic mega-fauna” is a term often used in the conservation world to refer to animals that inspire empathy, and which can attract public donations. Polar bears, pandas and penguins are in the list. It’s easy to understand, who doesn’t love pandas? However, it is harder for us to get excited over the conservation of creepy […]

Inaugural “Blockchain for Good Hackathon” hosted in Dublin’s docklands

Traditional notions of the uses of blockchain technology were put to the test last week at the first annual “Blockchain for Good Hackathon” hosted by the Linux Foundation and Accenture. The hackathon occurred over two days at Accenture’s dockland facility for research and development.   A hackathon is an event where programmers collaborate intensively, in […]

European Southern Observatory scheduled to make mystery announcement following Ireland’s plans to join in 2018

Spoiler alert: the mystery announcement is completely unrelated to Ireland’s joining the European Southern Observatory (ESO), but is nonetheless very exciting, featuring something never-before-seen, according to Observatory.   This announcement will now be of particular interest to Irish astrophysicists, as an increase in the state budget for innovation in 2018 will finally allow Ireland to […]

Environmental politics on the other side of the Atlantic

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 Quentin Crowley, a lecturer in Geology, and the Chancellor of the University, Dr Mary Robinson. […]

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