Science and the pursuit of knowledge

What has been pivotal in both the arts and the sciences even before they were formally instituted as separate branches of study has been the underlying curiosity of human beings, who like you and me, had the innate desire to further understand the world around them. Within the sciences, appreciation for this core principle has […]

Trinity Professor Luke O’Neill wins award for inflammation and immunity research

Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and immunology, has won the 2018 Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for his research on the role of innate immunity in the host immune response.   The International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) will also honour joint-recipient Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti with the award, which is the highest honour […]

Domestication and its genetic consequences

We live amongst the many animals we have domesticated. From the food many of us eat to the pets that we keep, humans have manipulated species to suit our needs for millennia. Despite this, if you were to ask most people for a definition of what a domesticated animal is they would be puzzled. Even […]

Curiosity’s 2000th day on Mars

You might remember back in February, when Opportunity, the little rover that could, completed its 5000th Martian day. Well, NASA’s Curiosity rover, which touched down via skycrane in August 2016, has spent over 2000 Sols, or Martian days, on Mars (Around 2056 Earth Days).   Curiosity is part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL), […]

Climeworks carbon capture plant opens in Zurich

In May last year, a scientific curiosity opened in Zurich. A company called Climeworks set up the first commercial plant designed to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the air. This idea has been floating around for a number of decades as a method to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations and avoid climate change, and is […]

They’ve finally cracked it — how our knuckles can make so much noise

The mystery of cracking joints has long been a fascination of both daydreamers and scientists alike. The most famous experiment regarding knuckle cracking was carried out by Donald Unger, who in a bid to test the supposed link between arthritis and joint cracking spent 50 years cracking his left hand twice daily and not his […]

Being an international student in STEM

Science is something of a universal discipline. Math (or maths, as the case may be) is the same in every country, and gravity works the same whether you’re in Ecuador, Finland, or Australia. Water is still made out of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom no matter what country you’re in, and everyone has […]

Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025

Agriculture is often synonymous with Ireland, a country famous for its rolling green pastures and agricultural landscape. It is an important part of both the Irish economy and society; however, it is also one of the main contributors to environmental degradation, and therefore loss of natural capital, in the country.   Natural capital is the […]

Research roundup – March

Technology: New smartphone app can monitor blood pressure Researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Maryland have developed a smartphone attachment which can monitor blood pressure. In the world we live in today, heart disease and risk of stroke are some of the major health concerns confronting the majority of people. A standard […]

Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, the world’s most famous macaques

More than 20 years after the famous Dolly the Sheep was born in the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience have successfully cloned primates for the first time. The long-tailed macaques, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were cloned using the same technique used with Dolly: somatic cell […]

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