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Dublin: 6 °C Sunday 11 December, 2016

Science - Yesterday’s News

When politicians support cannabis-based medicines they're supporting medicine, not cannabis

Moves towards regulating the drug have taken a step forward this week.

Science - Friday 9 December, 2016

The River Shannon is in for a major dredging

Plans for the maintenance were announced today.

Catholic Church claims some unborn babies are 'spoken of as if they were as good as dead'

The claim was made in a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly.

Over 100 native Irish plants are endangered, including these well-known favourites

Twenty vascular plants (or 1.7% of those assessed) are critically endangered, 25 (2.1%) are endangered and 61 (5.0%) are vulnerable.


Trump defends appointing a climate sceptic and a fast food boss to his Cabinet

“We will stay in the streets to fight back against anti-worker extremism,” said a union spokeswoman.

Irish scientists mix silly putty with graphene to create ultra-sensitive health sensors

‘G-putty’ is said to be 100 times more receptive than a normal sensor and is able to detect the footsteps of small spiders.

Jobs boost for Limerick as medtech company announces 100 new posts

BD are investing €21 million to build a new research and development facility in the city.

Science - Thursday 8 December, 2016

American hero and pioneering astronaut John Glenn dies aged 95 Godspeed This post contains videos

American hero and pioneering astronaut John Glenn dies aged 95

Glenn was the first US astronaut to orbit the earth.

Over 1,200 dead fish found along important spawning river in Cork

Fisheries Ireland says a large discharge of raw slurry into the Owentaraglin River, a tributary of the Blackwater, is likely to have caused the fish kill.

Life expectancy drops in the US for the first time in decades

“This is unusual,” said an epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

500 people die of alcohol-related cancer in Ireland every year

10% of all cancers in men and 3% in women are caused by alcohol.

Science - Wednesday 7 December, 2016

The mild December weather broke temperature records at Phoenix Park today

The record temperature for Finner in south Donegal has been equalled, meanwhile.

Days on Earth are getting longer (very, very slowly)

A new study says that Earth’s days are getting longer by around 1.8 milliseconds per century.

Medics 'can calculate the likelihood of your death' based on new research

Researchers said they can predict mortality by measuring heart rates of those over 50 performing a simple task.

Science - Tuesday 6 December, 2016

People who shave, wax or trim their pubic hair are at a higher risk of catching an STI

A major study found that pubic groomers are 80% more likely to carry an STI – but said it could not conclude that shaving caused the infections.

Science - Monday 5 December, 2016

US hunter 'paid substantial sum' for licence to shoot rare red deer in Killarney

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland is investigating the allegations.

Science - Friday 2 December, 2016

Man who hiked price of HIV drug mocks schoolkids for recreating medicine in lab

Martin Shkreli’s company raised the price of HIV drug Daraprim from €13.50 to €750 per pill.

'What is the thing that will wipe us out?' The Dublin Science Gallery is addressing some big questions

Science Gallery Dublin launched its programme for 2017 at an event at its Trinity site yesterday.

Science - Thursday 1 December, 2016

China is building a full-size replica of the Titanic Titanic II This post contains videos

China is building a full-size replica of the Titanic

It’s going to go into a theme park.

Concern for Buzz Aldrin's health as he is evacuated from South Pole

The second man on the moon was there as part of a tourist group.

Science - Wednesday 30 November, 2016

Irish Water to pump €200 million into plant to avoid undrinkable water

Not everyone is in favour with the first major upgrade in 150 years of the Vartry scheme.

Science - Tuesday 29 November, 2016

Poor diets are causing scurvy to make a comeback in Australia

The disease was historically associated with seafaring and a lack of vitamin C on long voyages.

Science - Thursday 24 November, 2016

European Investment Bank to invest €100 million in UCC and €70 million in Trinity

The developments will support hundreds of jobs and focus on improved student accommodation and research facilities.

Science - Tuesday 22 November, 2016

'The fear that I felt almost six years ago came back': Relief as tsunami warning lifted in Japan

The powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake sparked fears of a repeat of the 2011 disaster.

Science - Saturday 19 November, 2016

Leprosy found in Irish red squirrels

Scientists were surprised to uncover signs of the infectious disease that ravaged Europe in medieval times.

'It's been a bit taboo ... but it attracts people': Inside the world's biggest penis museum

“It all started as a joke,” the museum’s manager said. “My father had fun just collecting, doing something no one has done before.”

Science - Friday 18 November, 2016

What are the implications of freezing your body after you die?

A landmark case in the UK – thought to be the first of its kind – has thrown up a lot of questions.

Girl who died of cancer won the right to have her body frozen

“I am only 14-years-old and I don’t want to die but I know I am going to die,” she had written to the judge.

Science - Thursday 17 November, 2016

Man who fell into Yellowstone hot spring "dissolved" in acidic boiling waters Great Outdoors This post contains videos

Man who fell into Yellowstone hot spring "dissolved" in acidic boiling waters

The man’s body was never recovered.

Science - Wednesday 16 November, 2016

FactCheck: Is Denis Naughten right about the deaths caused by air pollution in Ireland?

The Climate Action Minister says four people die every day due to air pollution. We put his claim to the test.

The supermoon is still over Ireland - here's how it looked last night

The moon will remain much brighter than normal this evening – cloud permitting.

Science - Tuesday 15 November, 2016

Pictures: Here's how the supermoon looked over Ireland last night

Some of us got incredible views of the moon last evening. Cloud spoiled the views in other areas unfortunately.

Science - Monday 14 November, 2016

As the moon rises over Ireland at 5pm, it will be the biggest it's been in 68 years

Make sure to catch a glimpse, weather pemitting of course.

Heating up: 2016 "very likely" to be hottest year on record, says UN

“The election of Donald Trump is only going to make matters worse,” said Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.

What is the theory of relativity all about?

This is the century-old theory that has given us concepts like black holes and the big bang, writes Dr Cormac O’Raifeartaigh.

Science - Sunday 13 November, 2016

Your smartphone could be making your sleep worse

Longer average screen-time was associated with poor sleep quality.

Science - Saturday 12 November, 2016

Dublin firm's technology used in new device that cured paralysis in monkeys

Scientists are excited about what this could mean for humans.

Science - Tuesday 8 November, 2016

Three people die every day due to the state of the Irish environment - study

1,200 premature deaths are caused every year by pollution according to the EPA.

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