Top 10 scientific discoveries of 2009

2009 has been a red-letter year for scientific discovery.  From anthropology to zoology, new finds have abounded, marking the closing year of this first decade of the century with distinction. National Geographic compiled a list of the top 10 most read-about discoveries of 2009.  Adam Seline takes a look at the winners. 10 An exceptionally […]

It’s the knowledge economy, stupid

How many Leaving Certs students did you know this year? And of those, how many chose a science or engineering course? There has been a 25 percent increase in the number of applicants to higher-level science courses, as students flock to what seems like a safe bet and a certain job.

Who’s really filling in your prescription?

There is a war being conducted for your prescription. The opposing sides? The pharmaceutical companies who want to profit by selling you drugs you don’t need, and your doctors, whose job is to prescribe the most effective drugs to treat your condition. Unlike most other products, however, it is your doctor who decides what you […]

Science with a Conscience: Issue 5

It has long been the case that behind every military weapon there is a brilliant but perhaps misguided scientist. One Prof. Benjamin Kuipers is therefore to be commended in his outspoken stance against accepting military funding of any kind.

An emerging technological superpower?

On Wednesday the 22nd October the Republic of India burst into the global technological elite by launching a space mission to the Moon.

Student research saves planet

Every year Opwall helps students leave these fair shores to join colleagues from Britain and America doing real research in the tropics that also contributes to conservation efforts.

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.


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