UL Membrane Prof visits Trinity

Writing wrongs for rats

A lively debate on the use of animals for research has done the rounds over the last few weeks after John Banville’s letter to the Irish Times on the third of October this year. It seems that the animal rights side of the discussion recently found a new outlet for their message.

Where’s your head at?

Once the subject of kooky Jim Carrey/Kate Winslet movies, the selective erasure of specific memories from our brains has become altogether more feasible. But how exactly does it work? And, if this indeed becomes a reality, should we engage it, and who exactly will benefit?

What do you get up to at night?

As college students, we typically suffer a conflict of interests when it comes to sleep. Between puberty and the late twenties, we have a higher sleep requirement than adults or children, and yet we also have more active social lives, which keep us out late before our early morning classes.

Who’s afraid of the LHC?

 The Large Hadron Collider was the focus of a media frenzy this summer, but was the press playing on our fears or does the particle accelerator pose a valid threat?

Science with a conscience

They are called “incidental” findings, but for the volunteers involved they could be the opposite. Accidental discoveries during research on human volunteers can bring to light serious implications for the subjects’ health, but in the past the norm has been not to tell volunteers. This is particularly crucial in human genetics research which can show […]

The general public, the new lab rat?

Recently rescued from financial crisis, our Science Gallery now hosts an exhibit that, whilst entertaining and informative, also collects data from the audience for use in research by the Institute of Neuroscience.

Bringing the internet to Africa

Internet access: an amazingly empowering resource but one which all too many of us have come to take for granted. Not so for Dr Nii Quaynor, the ‘father of the internet in Africa’.

Holiday souvenirs of the wrong sort

Many of you may have returned from a summer of travelling to exotic destinations. You’ll spend the next few Pav Fridays boring your friends with tales of how you held the heads of sick orphans in Africa, and showing off all the booze you smuggled through customs.

Bright-eyed, 55 years after cracking the code of life

Dr. James Watson, Nobel laureate in 1962 50 years of genetics department marked Specially commissioned portrait donated Career notable for some controversies


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