A crash course to studying General Science in Trinity

Last September, the Junior Freshman students of 2016/17 waited in anticipation for their first experience of third level education to begin. General Science differs from many college courses, in that a single time-table is not administered during orientation week.   Instead, hundreds of students must flock together on their first day in order to  select […]

Trinity researchers explore “superpower” nanomaterials

Graphite, most commonly found in pencils, is something that at first may appear uninteresting to us. It’s grey, brittle and difficult to write with at times. In 2004 however, two scientists, who were curious about the layered properties of graphite (the property that makes it possible to write with), sought to explore the limits of […]

Trinity researcher travels on Zero-G ‘Vomit Comet’ to study steam-powered spacecraft

Dr. Tony Robinson, a professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering at Trinity College Dublin and researcher at Trinitys Connect centre is part of a team of scientists and engineers who advise and guide the European Space Agency. Dr. Robinson was conducting zero gravity experiments on the European Space Station’s ‘Vomit Comet’ as part of his […]

Two Trinity professors nominated for a US-Ireland research innovation award

  Professor Jane Farrar from Trinity’s School of Genetics and Microbiology and Professor Sabina Brennan, a research assistant from Trinity’s Institute of Neuroscience, have been nominated for a US-Ireland Research Innovation award. Both professors are shortlisted in the Higher Education Institution category.   The awards are a joint initiative between the Royal Irish Academy and […]

Trinity research shows glucose may hold key role in fighting cancer

Researchers at Trinity have discovered that glucose may play a key role in fighting cancer.   Glucose is a sugar which is vital for energy and cell growth. When responding to infections, the immune system becomes active and uses high amounts of glucose. Typically when immune cells are starved of glucose, they become debilitated, such […]

Trinity researchers make progress in understanding the development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Research led by Trinity Physics Professor, Martin Hegner, has made progress in understanding the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.   The international team of researchers led by Professor Hegner focused on individual ribosomes within the human cell. Ribosomes are the part of a cell that synthesise protein. An individual protein can […]

Trinity researchers make breakthrough in preventing infection from medical devices

Researchers in Trinity’s School of Genetics and Microbiology have discovered an innovative new technique of preventing pathogenic bacterial growth. The research focuses on preventative strategies to combat bacterial colonisation of medical devices, such as hip replacements and heart valves, which are to be implanted into the human body. Such strategies could have a direct impact […]

Choosing the traits of your children: a genetic testing panel discussion

Trinity’s Genetics Society host its final event of the year yesterday, March 15. A panel discussion entitled Ethics, Genetics & Preimplantation Genetic Testing, this event was led by speakers from four disciplines concerning the area of genetic testing and screening. These included both the ethical and legislation aspects of the issue.   The event began […]

An Arts perspective: What is a quantum vacuum?

Last night I tagged along to DU Physoc’s ‘Quantum Vacuum’ talk, delivered by Professor Emeritus Michael Fry of Trinity’s School of Maths. As well as being a lecturer, Professor Fry is an active researcher and a reviewer for Physical Review. He was there to discuss how our current idea of a vacuum simply isn’t true: […]

Would you eat a synthetically-made burger?

      “Cows are inefficient food producers. In fact, they’re obsolete.”   Yesterday saw Trinity Global Development Soc and DU General Science Society come together to host Professor Mark Post, Chair of the Department of Physiology at Maastricht University and pioneer of the artificially cultured meat industry. Speaking about global agriculture, meat consumption, and climate […]

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