New bacteria-killing antibiotic discovered in major breakthrough

Microbiologist Brian Conlon and Professor Tim Foster from Trinity’s microbiology department talk to Dylan Lynch about the recent discovery of the world’s first antibiotic in 30 years.

Science HeaderEver since the accidental discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in the basement of St Mary’s Hospital, London, antibiotics have become a core defense against bacterial infections. Mass production began in the early 1940s, primarily due to war efforts which …


‘Awareness is important, almost more so than funding’

Dylan Lynch talks to Dr. Shaun Boomfield, the Trinity physicist leading a novel space forecasting project that was awarded €2.5m in European Commission funding last week.

Science HeaderFor Trinity research fellow Dr. Shaun Bloomfield, the European Commission’s commitment to fund FLARECAST, a project aimed at forecasting solar flares, to the tune of €2.5m is about more than money.

“Awareness is important, almost more so than funding,” he …


Alli is NOT your Ally

Dylan Lynch details the latest contamination claims circulating around GSK’s weight loss drug ‘Alli’.

Dylan Lynch

Science & Tech Editor

Alli is a weight loss drug produced by the British company GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK, which is mainly manufactured at the Beecham Chemical Plant in Cork, Ireland. The active ingredient, Orlistat, is supposedly effective at …