Research round-up

National Science Foundation (NSF) statistics show the majority of Americans find scientists “odd and peculiar” The publication Science & Engineering Indicators 2018, is a large report from the USA which tracks scientific activity around the world. Along with tracking funding and growth in different sectors, the publication also conducts polls to determine public perceptions of […]

Bridging the gap between the arts and STEM: Science Gallery 2018

The integration of the arts with science is not, by any means, a superficial or laboured action. A naturally occurring coexistence occurs between the two, a coexistence that should be encouraged and pursued rather than hindered as it sometimes is here in Trinity.   Students often comment on the apparent divide between the Arts Block and […]

Kilonava observation marks the dawn of Multi-Messenger Astronomy

In October 2017, following the observation of gamma-ray bursts, visible light, and gravitational waves, all from the same event (a ‘kilonova’, the merging of two incredibly dense neutron stars), several papers were published in the journal Nature and elsewhere outlining the importance of the discovery.   Elena Pian, astronomer with the Italian National Institute for […]

Parasites, prizes, and problems with pay

In March of 2012, a 12-year old boy from Minia, Egypt was admitted to the emergency room of Minia University Hospital. He was pale, appeared poorly nourished, and for 3 days had been suffering from constipation and vomiting, combined with severe abdominal pain.   When he underwent abdominal ultrasonography, parallel paired lines resembling railway tracks […]

Two takes on genetics, race and identity politics

Aisling Greene: Genetics vs. Prejudice         Before the December break, students gathered in the MacNeill lecture theatre for a talk from Dr. Adam Rutherford, the celebrated geneticist, author, and broadcaster. GenSoc (the genetics society)  and SciSoc (the science society) hosted the event, titled “Genes, Race and Identity Politics.”   Dr. Rutherford started out with some […]

A greener Christmas

The time has come to consider ‘greening’ our Christmases. The mass amount of waste created by the holiday is extremely polluting. The methane and carbon dioxide gas created by landfill as this waste decomposes is contributing to the greenhouse gas effect and global warming. When food decomposes in landfills, methane is produced, a greenhouse gas […]

I can’t believe it’s not coal!

For such a dark, cold, slightly radioactive lump of fossil, coal has achieved a lot for humanity. We have only coal and a spark of ingenuity to thank for the explosive development in science, technology and engineering that we have seen in the past 300 years.   With so much chemical energy packed into such […]

Be wary of the power of genetic engineering

Genetic Engineering has been in the popular lexicon since the concept was first introduced in the science fiction book “Dragon’s Island” in 1951. Since the discovery of the double helix in 1953, our understanding of genetics has increased massively. Unfortunately, however, there is still no sign of genetically engineered superheros or Captain Americas. CRISPR technology […]

How gaming companies use gambling

A controversial story has been unfolding over the course of the last two weeks around the use of loot boxes in EA’s recently released Star Wars Battlefront 2. This is a system of ‘in-game’ purchasing that allows you the opportunity to open a box that contains a selection of bonus power-ups or other in-game content. […]

Cleopatra, the forces of nature, and the future of communication

Cleopatra is one of the most well-known figures of the ancient world, standing beside Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Hannibal. It’s an impressive accomplishment considering the male dominated age in which she lived. She was the last of the Ptolemaic rulers, a dynasty descended from Alexander the Great’s general Ptolemy I, which lasted for […]

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