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2016’s Most Underrated Rap Jam: Eversince by Bladee

Eversince is Swedish rapper Bladee’s first album, released in 2016 following his 2014 mixtape Gluee. It’s divisive to say the least – his shaky vocals buried under enough layers of autotune to suffocate a reasonably sized adult are certainly jarring…

Album Review: The Talkies by Girl Band

★ ★ ★ ★  The Talkies is Girl Band’s much anticipated return to the fray after a 4-year hiatus, and it cements their status as one of Dublin’s strongest exports. Abrasive and confrontational, the howling vocals of frontman Dara Kiely…

Album Review: Uknowwhatimsayin¿ by Danny Brown

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Something is happening with rap’s favourite eccentric Danny Brown. His signature screwball flourish of hair is now a no-frills buzz cut, his trademark broken teeth are now pearly whites and he even has his own…

Album Review: All Mirrors by Angel Olsen

★ ★ ★ ★ While many musicians reach a point in their careers where they start incorporating string arrangements and black-and-white portrait photography as album art, Angel Olsen has a fresh take on this. Her fifth studio album All Mirrors…

To Upgrade, Or Not To Upgrade: The Ethics of Human Augmentation

Have you ever thought about what humanity would look like in the future? Would we have flying DeLoreans like in “Back to the Future”, would we be venturing to distant planets, or will our climate and habitat be unrecognisably different?…

Impossible Efficiency: Magnets and Heat Recovery

A study published in the journal ‘Science Advances’ has demonstrated a new way of converting heat into electricity. This technology could improve the efficiency of some industrial processes and save on greenhouse gas emissions. The study, which was carried out…

Poo to the Rescue: Why we are Giving Faecal Transplants to Koalas?

Can the key to saving a species from extinction be in its faecal matter? However outlandish that question may appear, the answer appears to be a tentative yes. This comes from a study on faecal inoculations published in Animal Microbiome…

Don’t be Afraid of the Wolf at the Door

English and Scotsmen trekked across the Irish Sea in the wake of the Cromwellian wars and plantation of Ireland. To their dismay, the land they had come to was still home to the mystical wolf, a symbol of Irish power…

Hong Kong Protests Spiral Out of Control

These past seventeen weeks, Hong Kong has been rocked by almost uninterrupted protests. Starting as a popular outcry against a government-proposed extradition bill, the movement evolved to encompass frustrations regarding the lack of democracy in the region and interferences of…

Budget 2020: “In the Shadow of Brexit.”

In his opening remarks, Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe said that budget 2020 was ‘developed in the shadow of Brexit.’ The budget he went on to deliver had very few surprises. In fact, the contents of this year’s budget were…

Making Drugs Safe: What would drug testing look like if introduced in Ireland?

In a relatively recent 2014 Eurobarometer poll, psychoactive drug usage among 15 to 24-year-olds in Ireland was shown to be the highest in Europe. The needless deaths of Irish teenagers, like that of 19 year old Jack Downey at this…

Unplanned: The Film, The Controversy

The Film Unplanned, based on the memoirs of Abby Johnson, is a film that follows Abby as a clinic director at a Texas Planned Parenthood location, and her subsequent transition to Pro-Life activist. After eight years of working and running…