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 […]

One woman’s scientific journey: Professor Aoife McLysaght

This International Women’s Week we celebrated the women around us and challenge the issues which still cause gender inequality in our world. As a Genetics student I have the privilege of being in a department which is led by a woman. That woman is Professor Aoife McLysaght. Her research focuses primarily on molecular evolution. As […]

No place for narratives in science?

I recently read The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – a sad admission for a third-year environmental science student. This book is the starting point for anyone interested in environmental conservation, and largely precipitated the entire culture of environmental monitoring in the United States. As I read through the beautiful imagery and prose I was […]

The tortured mind

As individuals, few of us will ever experience the stressor states inflicted on torture victims with the goal of retrieving information.  It is difficult for our empathy to extend to these extremities of suffering, leaving us with a poor understanding of what torture does to a person. However this activity, which has pervaded human society […]

The Humanities’ Strange STEM Obsession

Two articles published by campus publications have bemoaned the reverence in which STEM is held above the Humanities in the last two months alone. The articles, maybe not surprisingly, were written by students of the humanities, and took the position that the humanities have a vital part to play in the modern world.   In […]

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