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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…

Crowe Bar: Professor Tasman Crowe and Marine Protected Areas

On the night of the “Love Your Coast” Photography Awards, Minister Eoghan Murphy announced Professor Tasman Crowe, Director of the UCD Earth Institute and Associate Dean of Science in UCD, as the chair of a new advisory group for the…

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…