Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy begins with the observation that “space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.” The vast scale of the cosmos and its billions of galaxies and stars may lead us to think of the presence of life as inevitable, as if […]
Scientists make the first ever time crystals that break time Time crystals were hypothesized in 2012 by Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek. At first, many other physicists dismissed the possibility of the existence of such objects. However, at the beginning of March two papers on the first time crystals were published in Nature. They are […]
Genetic Chimera “A genetic chimera, in contrast, is just biological tissue that contains cells and DNA of multiple species.” The complex terminology and nomenclature used by scientists is often criticised for being difficult to read or understand. Scientists can, however, face the opposite problem, where a simple term provokes suspicion or fear […]
The glass ceiling “In the late 19th century, the Sorbonne enrolled a new female student from Warsaw, Poland. She came to France to study physics and mathematics upon her sister’s invitation after a bad break up with her first love. Her name was Maria Skłodowska.” The glass ceiling has almost always been blocking women […]
“As soon as I mention this, people tell me about miniaturization, and how far it has progressed today. They tell me about electric motors that are the size of the nail on your small finger. And there is a device on the market, they tell me, by which you can write the Lord’s Prayer on […]
“Health is wealth”, as the old adage goes and indeed our health dictates many aspects of our day-to-day life. We rely on our health for all aspects of our life – we need it to work, play and to function at any level. It is therefore unsurprising that many of us find it difficult to […]
Turlough discusses the possible research outcomes carried out by the pioneering developmental biologist Dr. Kathy Niakan.
Carol O’Brien discusses how homosexuality fits in the theory of evolution and observed sexually diverse relationships between some animal species.
Conor describes the fantastic science communications competition FameLab. This years finals will be held in Science Gallery in Trinity.
In the spirit of Valentine’s day, Katarzyna Siewierska describes some bizarre mating rituals and unexpected physical characteristics.