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Big Brain Power: Mastermind by Revive Active

*This is a sponsored article*  The brain is the most complicated structure we have yet to encounter in all of nature. Essentially, it is a living biological computer. Its job, every single day, is to absorb, process, store and recall…

Hidden Waste: Microplastics in Unexpected Places

Microplastics are any piece of plastic less than 5mm in length. They can originate from the breakdown of larger pieces of plastic, the release of microfibers from synthetic clothing or from cosmetics containing microbeads. Approximately 90% of microplastics can be…

CRISPR Just Got CRISPRer: Developments in Gene Editing

It has been nearly 30 years since the gene-editing tool, CRISPR/Cas9 was discovered, and only six since it was used for the first time in human cells. Of course, its potential was not appreciated when it was discovered, as it…

Brazilian Butterflies: Chaos Theory and the Weather Forecast

You might wonder why RTE and Met Eireann can’t seem to accurately and consistently predict the weather. Sometimes, the weather report for a specific day says sunny but shifts the following day to cool with rain. We often hear predictions…

Bullseye! How Turmeric Nanoparticles Can Treat Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a progressive disease that deteriorates the optic nerve by causing a loss of retinal ganglion cells. It affects 60 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of blindness globally. Curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric,…

Nobel Prize in Physics: The First Exoplanet and a Pioneer of Theoretical Cosmology

On October 8, the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to James Peebles, Michel Mayor, and Didier Queloz “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos”.   James Peebles of…

De-Extinction Rebellion: How to Revive a Mammoth, and Other Dead Creatures

Simply put, de-extinction is the growing field of biology that aims to bring animals back from extinction. Genetics, molecular biology, palaeontology, and evolutionary biology intersect here to bring to life what was once considered to be a fantasy. Animals like…

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…

6 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Plastic is both amazing and destructive! It is an extremely versatile material which is used in everything from airplanes to smartphones. The problem is that most plastic items are designed to be used once then thrown away. 8 million metric…