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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…

Artificial Visionaries: How Implants Could Help The Blind to ‘See’ Again

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland are investigating the possibility of partially restoring sight to the blind by using a device known as an optic nerve implant (ONI). The vision created by these ‘bionic eyes’…

Searching for Earth: The Hunt for Habitable Exoplanets

An exoplanet is any planet that is in another solar system, orbiting around a star other than our Sun. In this piece, I’ll be looking at some of the methods we have for detecting exoplanets and some of the interesting…

USI Reveal Groundbreaking Mental Health Survey Results

On August 27th, the Union of Student’s Ireland (USI) revealed the results of a monumental survey on the mental health of Ireland’s student population. This survey provides reliable self-reported figures that will provide lobbyists sufficient evidence to demand action from…

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…