Science in Brief

Katarzyna reports on the most recent ground-breaking news in science

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


The struggles and contributions of Marie Curie

Katarzyna Siewierska writes about Marie Curie as a tribute to all female scientists, who made contributions to science, but also showed strength of character and determination in overcoming the challenges of being a female scientist, inspiring generations of female scientists

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.  


Santa’s secret – it’s not magic… it’s science!

SciTech Editor Katarzyna Siewierska takes us through what it would take for one Santa and nine reindeers to deliver presents to children around the world. Warning: If you believe in Santa, do not read



Santa’s challenge

Lets establish the problem we are going to analyse in the article. Santa Claus is an elderly, rather large man who spends one night in the year to deliver presents to children all around the world. He travels


Valentine’s day animal style: strangest mating behaviours in nature

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 Trinity Walton Club

There are many very talented young people in Ireland. They could become great scientists, engineers and mathematicians. But does the education system in Ireland allows these students to fulfil their potential? The School of Physics at TCD has come forward with an initiative called the Trinity Walton Club.


The Trinity Walton Club, named after E.T.S. Walton, is a non-profit initiative aimed at post-primary school students in Ireland established through collaboration between the Schools of Physics, Mathematics, and Education at TCD. It began in 2014 with 60 students participating


Trinity Physics – The Discovery of Conical Diffraction

The 19th century was a very exciting time for Irish physics. The grounds of Trinity College Dublin were walked by some of the greatest Irish physicists in history. This story involves two of them, William Rowan Hamilton and Humphrey Lloyd.


In the early 19th century, William Rowan Hamilton mathematically predicted a curious phenomenon called conical refraction and Humphrey Lloyd was the first person to demonstrate the effect experimentally. This achievement was a strong argument for the wave theory of


Review: LIFELOGGING at the Science Gallery

A new Science Gallery exhibition explores the many ways our lives are tracked everyday.

Science Header“LIFELOGGING – Do you count?”- the new exhibition at the Science Gallery Dublin – explores the many ways our lives and the world around us are tracked everyday. There are many interesting pieces that try to capture the direction society


Scientists to bring invisibility cloak to life

Research into cloaking devices has the potential to revolutionise physics.

Science HeaderInvisibility cloaks have been the object of human fantasy since ancient times. Ever since Harry Potter got one for Christmas, every child (and every adult) wanted to find one under their own Christmas tree. No one has found one yet, …