Saving our biosphere – why we need conservation

Illustration by Sarah Larragy

     The Giant Panda was removed from the IUCN’s endangered list at the beginning of this month and is now listed as vulnerable. But what’s the point? Does it matter if the Giant Panda goes extinct? Or the Siberian Tiger or the Eastern Gorilla (now critically endangered) or the Polar Bear or any other […]

The Great Auk: from Extinct to Extant?

  Cabinet 20 in the Trinity College Zoological Museum is not crammed with specimens, instead it contains only one, the Great Auk. This specimen, collected off Waterford in 1834, represents the last recorded sighting of this species in Ireland. It wasn’t long after this that the species became extinct when the last known individuals were […]

Humanities and health

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“Health is wealth”, as the old adage goes and indeed our health dictates many aspects of our day-to-day life. We rely on our health for all aspects of our life – we need it to work, play and to function at any level. It is therefore unsurprising that many of us find it difficult to […]

HFEA granted permission to genetically modify human embryos in the UK

Turlough discusses the possible research outcomes carried out by the pioneering developmental biologist Dr. Kathy Niakan.

Gay penguins and bisexual bonobos: sexual diversity in the animal kingdom

Carol O’Brien discusses how homosexuality fits in the theory of evolution and observed sexually diverse relationships between some animal species.

Can we predict the results of an election using science?

Is it ever possible to accurately predict an election result using maths and science?

What is FameLab?

Conor describes the fantastic science communications competition FameLab. This years finals will be held in Science Gallery in Trinity.

Valentine’s day animal style: strangest mating behaviours in nature

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In the spirit of Valentine’s day, Katarzyna Siewierska describes some bizarre mating rituals and unexpected physical characteristics.

The science of New Year’s resolutions

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Una discusses the historical origins of New Year’s resolutions, why we fail to keep them and how can we successfully reach our long term goals in general.

Winners of the BT Young Scientist Competition

NEWS 08012015 NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION Winners of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2016 Diana Bura (15) and Maria Louise Fufezan (16) from Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan who won for their project 'An Investigation into the Effects of Enzymes used in Animal Feed Additives on the Lifespan of Caenorhabditis Elegans'.  Maria and Diana were in the group intermediate section of the biological & ecological sciences category and were presented with a cheque for Eur5,000, the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 28th European Union Young Scientist competition in Brussels later this year and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy.  Almost 1,200 students from across the island of Ireland covering 550 projects from 29 counties competed in the RDS for the coveted title of 'BT Young Scientist(s) & Technologist(s) of the Year'.Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography.

BT young scientist competition has been running for over 50 years. Many successful scientists won this prize in their childhood. Conor discussed this year’s winners and presents an overview of some distinguished past winners.

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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