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 […]

New kids on the block: Nessa O’Connor

Nessa O’Connor is the Zoology department’s newest lecturer, having moved from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in January of 2017. Dr.O’Connor specializes in all things marine biology, and is particularly interested in the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (how stable and healthy an ecosystem is). Dr. O’Connor was based in Queen’s for a full seven […]

Gender imbalances and career advancement

Our generation is one of the most informed groups of young people to have existed; meaning that in terms of current affairs, we educate ourselves and are active in addressing problems, and creating solutions. This is characteristic of an age where science and technology are progressing at the highest rate ever observed, and a plethora […]

Geography through genetics

Imagine a map of Ireland. Instead of the usual four provinces, the map is divided into six areas — not defined by political borders but rather by genetic differences.     This map is the result of a new thorough genetic analysis conducted by researchers in the genetics department of Trinity College Dublin, lead by […]

SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy

Tuesday February 6 saw the maiden launch of Falcon Heavy, the newest offering from Elon Musk’s SpaceX project. With Musk’s own Tesla roadster being launched into orbit around the Sun, the highly-anticipated launch will set a new bar for heavy-lift vehicles in commercial space flight.   As the name suggests, the Falcon Heavy is a […]

White scars on the red planet

Mars is our cosmic neighbour and like the nosey neighbours that humans are, we have been fascinated by it since we first looked up at the night sky. It took the role of the god of war for the Romans and millennia later excited our imagination for the unknown in countless science fiction tales.   […]

Trinity alumni Michael Moloney is named new head of the American Institute of Physics

Trinity alumni Michael Moloney is to become the next chief executive of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Dr. Moloney, an experimental physicist, was head-hunted by an executive search committee and subsequently unanimously approved by the AIP’s board of directors. He assumes the role of CEO on March the 5th. The American Institute of Physics is […]

Fighting the rising tides

  Cork city has experienced regular and violent flooding for many years. The southern city is built on gravel and sand, and works like a big sponge. It sits on islands and marsh, right where the river Lee meets the ocean. During storm surges, heavy rainfall, and high tides, the groundwater beneath the city rises […]

The responsibility of the scientist

What is the goal of science? You may find you get quite different answers depending on whom you ask. Business people and politicians tend to view science as a tool to achieve greater affluence; by creating technological solutions to societal problems, predicting which problems may occur in the future, or at the very least teaching […]

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 […]


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