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KangaRobot: How Animals Inspire Machines

Through long-term evolutionary processes, animals have developed innate advantages in locomotion, cognition, information processing and control. Inspired by their evolution, biomimetic robots are integrated with biological characteristics which give them more powerful motor and cognitive abilities and more delicate control…

GE2020: Ireland’s Election of … Change?

Irish politics is entering a new phase after a dynamic election battle. Election 2020 was a divisive campaign which highlighted further destruction of the civil war parties’ duopoly and foreshadowed a fascinating decade in Irish politics.  This was a change…

Iowa Caucus Chaos

On Monday, February 3rd, Iowa was the first state to vote for a Democratic candidate for the upcoming US presidential election.  It is one of a handful of states which uses the archaic caucus system. This involves voters gathering in…

Brexitmania: Sure it’s only half time!

In the final party leaders debate of the 2020 general election, Leo Varadkar exclaimed ‘Brexit isn’t finished, it is only half time!’ This is a point made repeatedly by Fine Gael throughout the campaign. The statement is made again and…

Student Stories: Going It Alone

Gandalf will always claim he didn’t do anything that sent Bilbo on his adventures, other than give him a little nudge out of the door. Which is true, in a way. I’d like to think I gave myself more than…

COMMENT: Why are we Prosecuting this Innocent Recipient of Child Pornography?

While scrolling through my emails the other day, an Irish Times headline caught my eye – “Woman prosecuted for child porn she innocently received on WhatsApp.” Innocent is not usually a word used in conviction headlines so with my interest…

It’s Time to Fix Our Education

“Let’s make UCD a place for knowledge, not for business” was the key message at the “Fix Our Education” Campaign launch last week. UCD markets itself as a global university that is accessible for students of all backgrounds. In reality,…

Gone Viral: CoronaVirus Shocked at Newfound Popularity

After his recent explosion in popularity, The Turbine spoke to the newfound chinese superstar, CoronaVirus.  In recent weeks, Mr. Corona has been spreading like an epidemic and gained recognition from the World Health Organisation. “It’s been deadly bro,” Corona began,…

Leprechaun Sues Pride Movement for Stealing Rainbow

Imagine being a poor leprechaun struggling to deal with the difficulty of trying to hide your gold in a country experiencing a massive population boom, but then the symbol you use for marking your treasure gets stolen by a political…

Law

Illegal Adoption Brought Before High Court

On the 31st of January this year, Mr Patrick FitzSymons became the first person to initiate legal proceedings against the state for its ambivalence to the practice of illegal adoptions that were being carried out by St Patrick’s Guild, an…

Artificial Intelligence: Too Smart for the Law?

Gone are the days when artificial intelligence was simply viewed as self-driving cars and talking robots. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, where personal data was improperly collected for political advertising, alerted the world to the fact that AI is deeply embedded…

Start-Up Spotlight: KeepAppy

This week on Start-Up Spotlight, I spoke with Aimée-Louise Carton, the co-founder of social enterprise KeepAppy, an app which puts wellness in peoples’ pockets. Aimée-Louise is also an award-winning entrepreneur, international mental health activist, advocate for tech-based social enterprise and…