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 […]

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 […]


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