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UCD Formula Student Wins 2020 NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition

On June 23rd it was announced that a 3-student team from UCD Formula Student (UCDFS) are the overall winners of the 2020 NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition, along with a €5,000 cash prize. The team won with their start-up enterprise Formula…

AI can help the education sector move online; just not right now

Those who are involved in online education tend to use Artificial Intelligence (AI). While  there are some very interesting uses, it is not going to help us in the current situation.  AI has interesting future applications, but is not at…

UCD students and staff to launch Ireland’s first satellite

The first satellite to be fully developed and built in Ireland is being developed by a group of students from University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) Schools of Physics and Mechanical and Materials Engineering, with the support of staff from both schools. The satellite is expected to be delivered to the European Space Agency (ESA) in early 2021.

Ireland’s first satellite to be fully developed, researched and built in the country is known as Educational Irish Research Satellite (EIRSAT-1), and it is funded by a combination of the ESA, the Irish Research Council, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, as well as support from UCD. The project started in 2016, when UCD put together a proposal to the ESA for their ‘Fly your Satellite!’ campaign.

Newry-based tech central to Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’

The Premier league is scheduled to get back to action today, partially thanks to the input and support of Newry-based firm, STATSports. The firm supplied performance analysis equipment and services to eleven top-flight clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal.

STATSports technology has strong links with UCD, as it is used by Leinster Rugby at their UCD base to monitor training and performance, as well as assisted many of UCD’s elite athletes in training and performance, notably the plethora of UCD alumni and current students who have worn the Irish rugby shirt in recent years.

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…