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

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A year in Trinity research

A look back at College’s biggest scientific developments in 2023

As the semester draws to a close, so too does a remarkable year in College research. From quantum revelations to botanical discoveries, healthcare innovations to cosmic exploration, this year saw no shortage of scientific findings across Trinity science departments. Here

Trinity graduate on Ireland’s first satellite team credits Formula Trinity for his practical engineering skills

Trinity graduate Pádraig McDermott is a member of the EIRSAT-1 team which launched Ireland’s first satellite last week

A Trinity graduate and member of the EIRSAT-1 team which launched Ireland’s first satellite into space last week said that his experience in Formula Trinity helped prepare him for the practical work involved in the satellite project.

Pádraig McDermott, a

Eureka in Éire

A look at how instrumental Ireland was in scientific innovation

Picture this: a land where the rivers flow with wit and the skies are painted with creativity. Ireland is well known for the best whiskey on the planet and the all-healing elixir – a microwaved 7UP! But amidst its rolling

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Student digital (de)vices

Investigating what has and hasn’t changed about our social media habits in the last decade

If you take a peek at the Trinity News archives all the way back in the days of November 2013, you might stumble across a feature piece entitled, ‘Is Facebook a false reality?’ Authored by then-staff writer Alice Kinsella, the

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

How to Write a Popular Science Book? In Conversation With Kevin Mitchell

Associate professor of Developmental Neurobiology and Genetics, Kevin Mitchell, speaks to Trinity News about his new book “Free Agents: How Evolution gave us Free Will”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the closer you get to finishing your degree, the further you get to finishing that book that has been dog-eared on the same page for the last month.The time to read a book …

When alcohol takes the piss

Alice Matty explores why alcohol makes us urinate like a faucet.

If I had a dime for each time a friend asked you don’t need to go to the bathroom? on a night out, I’d have … well, I guess I’d have no dimes, because, as most college students