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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…

Brewed Awakening: The Science of Espresso

Espresso is the pinnacle of all coffee drinks and is the basis for almost every recipe. In all third-wave coffee shops (shops which use only the highest quality beans), espresso extraction is a precise and consistent process. But before we…

How to Exploit the Sick: Price-Hikes in Medicine

In 2015, Martin Shkreli (AKA ‘pharma bro’) garnered widespread criticism for his role in the price hike of an anti-parasitic medication called Daraprim. With the patent for Daraprim expiring in 2015, it was sold to Shkreli-founded Turing pharmaceuticals. The price…

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spiders… Man: Clearing the Name of the World’s Creepiest Crawly

Of all the animals on Earth, the spider probably has the worst reputation, with about 5% of the global population suffering from arachnophobia. Those who are particularly affected, or the more observant among us, are probably noticing an increase in…

One Cute Killer: The Impact of Cats on Wildlife

Domestic cats are highly motivated and skilled predators. They possess very strong hunting instincts, and will actively hunt and kill prey regardless of how well they are fed. The role they play in the decline and even extinction of many…

Tackling Climate Change: Where Ireland Stands

On a global scale, Ireland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions may seem so low as to be irrelevant. It is much more telling, however, to look at our per capita emissions. The average person in Ireland emits 32% more GHGs than…

Will Woolly Mammoths Roam the Earth Again? Dr. Beth Shapiro visits UCD

On Thursday the 27th of September, Dr. Beth Shapiro, author of popular-science bestseller ‘How to clone a mammoth’ sat down to speak to the College Tribune before her presentation to UCD Biological Society. ‘Be brave, be confident, be open and…

Society Spotlight: UCD SciSoc

This is a sponsored article The UCD Science Society is one of UCD’s largest and more interesting societies, offering science aficionados the opportunity to mingle with like-minded students in the various events they organise. The most impressive one is their…