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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…

The Promise of Microdosing

Microdosing, the secret of Silicon Valley, is spreading. Using drugs to increase our capacity to be creative or work harder is not a novel phenomenon. Most of us consume caffeine throughout the day in our coffees and energy drinks, it…

The Failing System of Sexual Education in Ireland

The Irish Sex Education system is failing its students. Its shortcomings are vast and the government’s lack of intervention in this programme means that students are leaving schools with a woeful knowledge about sex and sexuality. It is shocking that…

ADHD and the Forgotten Gender: Why Is ADHD Underdiagnosed In Girls?

Noisy, fidgety, impatient, hyper: this is what the average person imagines when they think of a child with ADHD. They normally also imagine that the child is a boy. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, characterised by a persistent…

Should We Expect More Extreme Weather Events As The Climate Changes?

About two weeks ago, I planted a gorgeous purple and white winter heather in a pot next to my front door. The daffodils in there had long died off, and my mother found a lovely plant for me that would…

As White As Coal: The Subjectivity of Colour Perceptions

Imagine two young children are being taught the names of the primary colours. They are each presented with a tomato. One child sees a blue object and the other sees a yellow object. Both, however, are told that tomatoes are…

Why Commerical DNA Tests Are Not As Harmless As You Might Think

Genetics is having a bit of a moment as of late. What was previously a mysterious and unexplored field has exploded in recent years, thanks to dedicated expert research and innovative technology. However, this ground-breaking scientific revolution brings a plethora…

How The Science Of Memory Can Help You Ace Your Degree

How did you learn to speak English? How did you learn that five times ten equals? How did you remember the way to get into college today? Did you find yourself consciously think about which turns you were taking or…

Cannabis & Cancer; The Never Ending Saga

Ex Editor Rachel O’Neill examines the claim that cannabis cures cancer when in fact, the evidence is yet to be produced. Having a parent that suffers from cancer is never a fun experience. Having a parents that suffers from cancer…