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Shock Wave: Electricity From The Ocean

Even in this futuristic world of ours, all our electricity is generated by simply spinning a turbine. The fossil fuels which are bringing us ever closer to a complete climate catastrophe are not just used to power our cars, but…

UCD Women+ In STEM Network

The UCD Women+ in STEM Student Network had their first major event last week, on Tuesday, March 26th, centred around building a career as a woman in STEM. The network, which was set up by Environmental Biology student Sadhbh McCarrick…

Neanderthal DNA In Our Populations: Yea Or Nay?

The Neanderthals might have left our planet 40, 000 years ago, but they have not completely faded. They’re still a part of us, existing through our genes. The Neanderthals appeared in Eurasia circa 400, 000 years ago after their ancestors…

Win Win Win Win: The Magic Science Of Plasma Waste Converters

Humans have an incredibly extensive waste problem. Currently, most of that waste is sent to landfills where it takes up space for thousands of years, leaching harmful chemicals and gases into the soil and atmosphere. Alternatively, we send it to…

Diet Wars: The Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet or ‘keto’ was first devised in the 1920s, but not with weight loss in mind. It was initially designed for the treatment of childhood epilepsy. Indeed, the keto diet is, in fact, an effective method of controlling…

ExxonMobil vs The State: How Governments Can Lower Corporate CO2 Emissions

A report released in 2017 found that over half of all global emissions since 1988 have been produced by just 25 companies. When you take into account the 100 most environmentally damaging companies, known as the ‘Carbon Majors’, that figure…

A Hippie-Inspired Approach To Treating Depression

Clinical depression is the most common psychiatric illness in the world, affecting more than 300 million people globally. Antidepressants are currently the most frequently prescribed drug in the Western world; between 2000 and 2014 prescriptions given for antidepressants doubled. However,…

The Race To Save Pando

Pando is the largest living thing on earth. Weighing 6,000,000 kilograms, it is about as heavy as a thousand African elephants or forty blue whales. When you enter Pando, you may hear a soothing sound like the beating of tiny…

STEM Degrees No Longer Guarantee A Job

A college degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subject has increasingly been lauded as a one-stop shop to a sizeable salary and endless career prospects. This hype has led to an explosion of students in recent years…

Gene Genie: The Scientist Who Jumped The Gun On Gene Editing

In November of 2018, Chinese scientist He Jiankui made an announcement that astonished the scientific community. He claims to have helped to make the first ever gene-edited babies with the use of a revolutionary technology called CRISPR. The babies, twins…

We Need To Do More Than Ban Single-Use Plastics

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently announced his goal to crack down on single-use plastics in the public sector in 2019. The proposed policies will result in the banning of disposable plastic materials including plastic straws, coffee cups and cutlery in all…

Opting Out: The Future of Organ Donation

Organ donation has long been considered an important and cost-effective treatment for a variety of conditions which lead to organ failure. For many patients suffering from such conditions, transplantation is the only chance for survival. Since 2010, approximately a million…