2015 Features

Check out our feature articles for 2015 and see what is happening in Irish science!

A Global Experiment

Thousands of students all over the world are expected to take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 2015 global experiment.

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Science at the Zoo

Imagine a world without lions, leopards or lemurs. These are among hundreds of species across the world whose existence is under threat.

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Mermaid’s Purses Hold Clues to Ireland’s Rich Marine Life

Glendalough is renowned for its scenery and monastic ruins, but now has another claim to fame – it’s home to the best silver in Ireland.

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Stems Cells Could Prevent Transplant Rejection

Scientists at NUI Galway have discovered a potential treatment in the fight against transplant rejection

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The Power of Science

Right now, millions of new scientific ideas are spawning in minds across the planet

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Why are we as tall (or small) as we are?

Scientists have known for quite some time that your parents are mainly to blame.

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Fighting Side Effects of Fat with Food Extracts

Irish scientist Prof Helen Roche in University College Dublin (UCD) is trying to put young people on a healthier path, without them having to lose weight

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Memory Mind Games

Dr Richard Roche shows us how to maximise of memory from his research in NUI Maynooth

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Studying the Sound of Music

A look at research on how our brains perceive of music

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Comet Science – Landing on 67P

Science.ie caught up with ESA scientist and engineer Laurence O’Rourke to find out about the mission

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Lower Costs for Supersized Drugs

The pharmaceutical industry is experiencing a revolution. Pharmaceutical companies are now looking to biologics for treatments for all kinds of diseases.

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Spotting the Northern Lights

Read our top tips for seeing the Northern Lights

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Gems Rescued From Leaky Shipping Container

Glendalough is renowned for its scenery and monastic ruins, but now has another claim to fame – it’s home to the best silver in Ireland.

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Genetics Sheds Light on Psychiatric Illness

“Genetics diagnosis is going to transform psychiatry into a truly modern branch of medicine,” explains Dr Kevin Mitchell

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Responding to a Crisis – Vaccine Development

An Irish-born scientist's work on testing Ebola vaccination

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The Tricky Business of Dairy Forecasting

Smart Appi Project is investigating ways to track and accurately predict the volume and quality of milk that is produced

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Capturing Our Culture with Big Data

Ever wondered what "Big Data" is and what it could do for understanding Irish heritage?

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Plastic is Changing the Shape of Aviation

American Airlines will soon be flying passengers in its new Boeing 787 jets. Passengers may not notice, but this aircraft is very different from previous Boeing jets

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Guest article: The Power of Science

Lecturer and author, Kevin Nolan discusses how millions of new scientific ideas are spawning in minds across the planet, enhancing our understanding of the world

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Improving Zoo Life for Cheetahs

A cheetah can hit speeds of over 100 kilometres an hour and visitors to Fota Wildlife Park in Cork can watch them in action.

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Curious Family Events for Science Week 2014

Take a look at the wonderful events lined-up by The Festival of Curiosity for Science Week 2014

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Making the Most of Brain Power

Are geniuses born or made? How would we perceive the world if we had no concept of reading, writing or maths?

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Science Week Regional Festivals Round-up

A look at what is happening at regional Science Week festivals across the country

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The Psychology of Facebook Fans

Ireland loves Facebook, Dr Michael Hogan, a researcher in psychology from the National University of Ireland Galway, studied why Facebook users ‘like’ various brands

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The Science of Water Treatment

Learn about the science behind water treatment and innovations being used in treatment plants across the country

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Royal Society of Chemistry Global Experiment 2014

Take part in the Global Experiment 2014 and help answer the question: What are the best conditions for growing crystals?

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Forecasting When Volcanos Will Blow!

We talk to Prof Chris Bean about the his study into the prediction of volcanic eruptions

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Life on the Nano Scale

A glimpse into the possibilities that carbon could create for human life in the future

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Celebrating Irish Scientists: William Henry Stanley Monck

This week we are celebrating William Henry Stanley Monck, the first person to measure starlight electrically

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The Making of Life – Synthetic Biology

A look at synthetic biology which allows scientists to create parts of life by assembling the parts of a cell through chemistry

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Botanists Study Leaves For Climate Change Clues

Students from UCD travelled to the boreal forest in Alaska this summer to study leaves

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Build a Healthier Brain

As we grow old, losing our memory is not inevitable and dementia is not normal. The way to a better brain lies in our hands.

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Waging War on Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs

Not one new class of antibiotic has been discovered since 1987, yet the bugs keep developing resistance to antibiotics.

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