Why does Santa like cookies & milk?

A scientific inquiry into what makes Santa’s favourite night-time snack so appealing to most

In an oft-quoted passage of Pinker’s How the Mind Works, we are informed that:— 

‘[W]e enjoy strawberry cheesecake […] not because we evolved a taste for it. We evolved circuits that gave us trickles of enjoyment from the sweet


Synge, talking about relativity: 50 years on

A Review of Synge’s Talking About Relativity – is it still as relevant as it was 50 years ago?

It is an oft-cited aphorism that intelligence is best displayed in the process of aptly simplifying the complex for general understanding. Though a passionate and rather frequent reader of physics-related literature, I frequently find my desire to (though verily only


Book Review: Shane O’Mara, Talking Heads: The New Science of How Conversation Shapes Our Worlds (Random House 2023)

A simple ‘enjoyable read’ may be the best review this book could get.

Forlornly, the book’s title is misleading. With all due respect to Shane O’Mara, if my interpretation of the title stands correct, the book hardly discusses a novel science. Consequently, I find the reviews of the Irish Times and The Scientist


Storm Betty: Another Hint at the Potency of Climate Change?

Storm’s aren’t just a product of ‘Irish misfortune’, writes Sébastien – but rather a sign of something much more baleful

After the wettest July on record,  Met Éireann, on the 18th of August 2023, formally gave a name to a storm that had subsequently begun ravaging parts of southern Ireland, south-west England and Wales, and the easternmost coast of Northern


A Brief Note on Browning

An examination of the science behind the autumnal transformation of trees.

As we prepare to head back onto campus, we are reminded of sights that bring us nothing but the purest joy. For some, the mere thought of meeting friends long unseen may do just the trick; for others, the picture


Poolbeg Chimneys: A Scientific and Cultural Landmark

The iconic stacks have become an iconic Dublin sight, with an impressive legacy as a landmark feat of engineering.

The Poolbeg Chimneys are almost synonymous with the idea of Dublin itself. Situated east of Ringsend, they are commonly used as a reference point for beach-joggers and tourists alike. Whilst perhaps not as famous as the odd-looking Spire or the


Ernest Walton: The pioneering physicist whose work links Oppenheimer to Trinity

Meet the Trinity alumnus and Nobel Prize Laureate who first split the atom

As Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer becomes a perpetual cinematic success, we feel obliged to remind ourselves of those who had been smashing atoms (an essential aspect of the nuclear process) far before the film’s titular theoretical physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimer. Often …


A Buzzy Summer in Dublin

Dublin City Council and others finally put their money where their mouth is

As part of the government’s All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025 (AIPP), a previously announced initiative to make Dublin greener has recently been concretised by the ex-Lord Mayor, Ms Caroline Conroy, through the erection of  “pollinator friendly pots, flowers boxes, and hanging


The Importance of Gaeilge

Is it time to rebrand the Irish language?

In popular culture, Ireland is colloquially synonymous with its saints and scholars, resplendent landscapes, and magnificent language. The first of these may now confidently be labelled a mere historical adage. The second will undoubtedly forever remain. The third, however, is