Carol O’Brien discusses how homosexuality fits in the theory of evolution and observed sexually diverse relationships between some animal species.
For a long time same-sex relationships were thought not to exist in nature outside of humans. This is a powerful thought that still exists in the minds of many recent referendum ‘no voters’, but one that is in fact, not …
Conor describes the fantastic science communications competition FameLab. This years finals will be held in Science Gallery in Trinity.
On the 9 April 2016, the FameLab Ireland final is coming to the Science gallery in Trinity College Dublin. An event which hosts the most enthusiastic and riveting three minute speeches in science. FameLab is one of the biggest science …
The high resolution blueprint of the substance created by a team led by Trinity’s Professor Martin Caffery has been long sought after in the battle to delay the post-antibiotic era
A clear molecular blueprint of globomycin, a substance which could be important in the design of new antibiotics, has been produced for the first time by researchers from the department of biochemistry immunology in Trinity College.
The importance of globomycin …
In the spirit of Valentine’s day, Katarzyna Siewierska describes some bizarre mating rituals and unexpected physical characteristics.
The bees … and exploding genitalia!
The mating ritual in bees is so bizarre you won’t want to believe it, but it is true. It all starts with a queen bee being bred in a special cell in the beehive. …
The competitive grants enable mid-career researchers to carry out ground-breaking research, build their research teams, and develop innovative ideas.
Two researchers at Trinity College Dublin, assistant professor in geography, Martin Sokol, and European Research Council (ERC) research professor in chemistry, Valeria Nicolosi, have been awarded prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants, worth a combined total of over €4 million.
The grants, …
Ireland is under international observation with regards to a number of environmental issues including large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.
Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have found that relying on data which excludes land-use history in annual reporting on agricultural land use in Ireland has led to an underestimation of cropland emissions by 46%.
Research fellow in botany at Trinity …
Una discusses the historical origins of New Year’s resolutions, why we fail to keep them and how can we successfully reach our long term goals in general.
The institution that is the New Year’s Resolution is not just a convenient creation of the fad diet connoisseur or the Nicorette distributing companies. The concept of beginning one’s year on the ‘right foot’ stems back to Babylonian times, when …
BT young scientist competition has been running for over 50 years. Many successful scientists won this prize in their childhood. Conor discussed this year’s winners and presents an overview of some distinguished past winners.
A New Year brings a new instalment of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) to the RDS for its 52nd year running. This year was the biggest yet and in total a staggering 59,000 people visited the …
Katarzyna discusses what gravitational waves are, the rumours from the LIGO project and the importance of gravitational waves in the study of the objects that generate them.
Origin of Gravitational Waves
When Einstein was formulating the general theory of relativity, he considered this simple question: ‘If the Sun suddenly disappeared right now, when would we found out about it on Earth?’ To understand why this is an …
Carol explores the origins and new developments in the search for intelligent life forms outside planet Earth.
For those keeping an eye on the stars, and with an interest in extraterrestrial life, the past few months have been exciting ones. Last July saw the announcement of a 100 million US dollar search for intelligent life in space. …