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Soapbox Science returns with Facebook and Youtube livestream.

This coming weekend 12 female scientists are to discuss their research in science, technology, engineering mathematics and medicine (STEMM) at the Soapbox Science Dublin 2020, one of the 40 Soapbox Science events taking place this year. Due to restrictions in…

UCD students and staff to launch Ireland’s first satellite

The first satellite to be fully developed and built in Ireland is being developed by a group of students from University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) Schools of Physics and Mechanical and Materials Engineering, with the support of staff from both schools. The satellite is expected to be delivered to the European Space Agency (ESA) in early 2021.

Ireland’s first satellite to be fully developed, researched and built in the country is known as Educational Irish Research Satellite (EIRSAT-1), and it is funded by a combination of the ESA, the Irish Research Council, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, as well as support from UCD. The project started in 2016, when UCD put together a proposal to the ESA for their ‘Fly your Satellite!’ campaign.

Printers of the Pandemic: UCD Academic Develops 3D Printed Ventilator

As the COVID-19 pandemic gains momentum, the supply of ventilators is becoming increasingly scarce. According to a report from Imperial College London, 30% of patients hospitalised need mechanical ventilation. Many multinational corporations, including Medtronic and Dyson, are increasing shifts and…

Rumen at Work: How to Make a Climate-Friendly Cow

With fertile soils, a temperate climate and abundant rain water, Ireland is ideal for farming. Our farming output is much higher than our population’s needs, so we are able to export large quantities of agri-food products (worth ~€13.6 billion annually)….

Cutting Out the B.S. (Bad Sources)

Why did it take so long for the world to tune in to just how detrimental this pandemic could be if not handled properly? Why has it continuously been compared to nothing more than a seasonal flu? Poor communication. Specifically,…

Green Lockdown: Staying Sustainable During COVID-19

The novel coronavirus has had a beneficial impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Fewer cars on the road, and fewer businesses running, have caused our collective carbon footprint to drastically drop. The air over China and Italy is clear, yet this…

Planes, Trains or Automobiles? The Carbon Footprint of Transport

COVID-19 has likely caused the largest drop in transport emissions the world has ever seen. In a few months, however, we will all be getting back in our cars and planes in an attempt to return to normalcy. In this…

STEM Fatale: Can you be a Woman in Science?

The number of women in STEM has risen in the last few years but it is still considerably lower than the proportion of men. A government-run study from 2018 found that it would take more than 20 years for women…

Wave Particle Duality for Feckin Eejits

Physics gets a lot of media attention for its pretty pictures of space and rumours of people in Switzerland recreating the Big Bang and blowing us all up. Most of us read the headlines or know the lingo like “E=mc2”…

Night in Shining Armour: The Benefits of a Good Sleep

Sleep. The one thing we can’t seem to get enough of. And if we do happen to get enough, is the quality up to par? In Ireland, about 55% of adults report getting an average of 6-8 hours of sleep…

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…

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…