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Science - Today’s News

Shape of bird eggs related to their ability to fly - study

It goes against theories that eggs are shaped to suit their environment; eg, to stop them rolling off a cliff face.

Older fathers have 'geekier' sons

Sons of older fathers are more intelligent and less concerned about fitting in, according to a study.

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Science - Thursday 22 June, 2017

Vaccines can be blamed for illness without scientific proof, EU court rules

The decision stems from the case of a man who developed MS shortly after being vaccinated against hepatitis B.

Science - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

Poll: Do you find it hard to sleep on these bright nights? Longest Day This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you find it hard to sleep on these bright nights?

The nights are very short right now.

Science - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

Cholesterol-lowering vaccine could be available in six years

The medication has shown promise in mice.

Science - Monday 19 June, 2017

Trend towards 'killer heatwaves seems unavoidable', scientists warn

Even under the Paris Climate deal, half of the world’s population would be exposed to killer heatwaves every year.

Science - Saturday 17 June, 2017

'I didn't want to be known as the person who broke something on the Hubble telescope' Walking In Space This post contains videos

'I didn't want to be known as the person who broke something on the Hubble telescope'

A former Nasa astronaut talks to us about his time in space, and the goal of humans reaching Mars.

Good news for pale skin: Scientists have come up with a drug to help people tan without exposure to the sun

Applied as a cream to the skin, the drug allowed red-haired mice to develop a deep tan.

Science - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Friends could be more important than family

“It’s smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest.”

Science - Friday 9 June, 2017

Terminally ill baby boy at London hospital must be kept alive until at least Tuesday, court rules

Charlie Gard’s parents want to take the 10-month-old to the US for an experimental treatment.

Science - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Public health could be 'at risk' from exposure to microplastics in drinking water

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency delves into the source of microplastics in our waters.

Science - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Even moderate drinking can damage your brain, new research says

The study monitored more than 500 people over 30 years.

Science - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

An egg a day helps children grow - science

A new study found that eggs reduced stunting in children by 47%.

Science - Monday 5 June, 2017

Up and running: 'First fire' of waste at controversial Poolbeg incinerator

The facility has started burning waste – two decades after it was first proposed.

Science - Sunday 4 June, 2017

Wide awake: Late-night phone use harms teenagers' mental health and sleep quality

Late-night mobile phone usage led to poorer mental health, reduced coping and lowered self-esteem.

Global warming could make some cities eight degrees hotter by end of century

Such a temperature spike could have dire consequences for the health of city-dwellers.

Science - Thursday 1 June, 2017

Iceberg as big as Galway on the brink of breaking away into ocean

If the Larsen C Antarctic ice shelf splits, it will produce one of the biggest icebergs ever seen.

Science - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

UK zoo blames 'freak accident' after zookeeper is killed by tiger

The zookeeper has been named as Rosa King.

Science - Monday 29 May, 2017

Irish women may need fewer smear tests to screen for cervical cancer HPV

Irish women may need fewer smear tests to screen for cervical cancer

Hiqa is recommending a HPV test first instead.

Science - Sunday 28 May, 2017

By 2018, transport fleets like Bus Éireann will have green energy buses

Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and school buses will have sustainable-energy buses in their fleet by 2018.

Science - Friday 26 May, 2017

Irish cancer research gets a boost with its first ever brain tumour biobank

It is one of only a handful of its kind in Europe.

Science - Thursday 25 May, 2017

Newborn girls fare better than boys because of 'genetic advantage'

Irish researchers found that newborn boys have higher rates of infection and sepsis compared to baby girls of the same age.

Science - Wednesday 24 May, 2017

Dust from the first moon landing bought for €900 could sell for €3.5 million

A woman bought the bag at an auction.

Science - Tuesday 23 May, 2017

460,000 people in Ireland could be exposed to cancer-causing radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, which does not have a taste, odour or colour.

'Victory' as astronauts fix power box during critical space walk

It was unclear what caused the MDM to fail.

Science - Wednesday 17 May, 2017

Infertility problems in mice solved with 3D-printed ovaries

It’s hoped that 3D-printed skin, ears, bone scaffolds, and heart valves could solve a number of medical issues.

Children are spending longer in front of a screen and it's putting their health at risk

A new report tracks childhood obesity over 12 years.

Science - Tuesday 16 May, 2017

Irish Farmers Journal criticised for 'fake news' editorial on climate change

Matt Dempsey believes we should continue to up our live-stock numbers to the capacity of our land.

EU investigates if company increased cancer drug prices by 'several hundred percent'

In Italy in 2016, Aspen Pharma increased the price of five “life-saving and irreplaceable” drugs by between 300% and 1,500%.

Science - Friday 12 May, 2017

After a year of fighting the virus, Brazil calls off Zika emergency

In January to April this year, there had been 7,911 Zika cases, down 95% on the same period in 2016.

Science - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart attack - study

The study found that taking any dose of ‘NSAID’ painkillers for a week was associated with an increased risk of heart attack.

Science - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

Vatican celebrates big bang theory to dispel 'science conflict'

The head of the Vatican Observatory said people can believe in both God and the big bang theory.

Science - Friday 5 May, 2017

Giving toddlers tablets and smartphones can 'harm their speech development'

Every half hour a toddler spends with a smartphone increases their risk of delayed speech by 49%, say researchers.

Science - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

Facebook is adding 3,000 staff to root out videos of murders

In a post published today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the move was being made to make the social media site safer.

Science - Monday 1 May, 2017

Want to feel better about life? Get out in nature

Going for a walk is good in a lot of ways.

Tiny Mexican porpoise on the brink of extinction can only be saved by captivity

Captivity is the only thing that can save the Mexican vaquita, who are already extremely genetically inbred.

Science - Sunday 30 April, 2017

Cutting out salt may not lower your blood pressure

Adults are recommended to limit their daily intake of sodium to around 2,300 milligrams a day.

Science - Saturday 29 April, 2017

Plastic-eating caterpillar could help save the planet

The larvae of the caterpillar have been found to munch through a notoriously resistant plastic.

Science - Thursday 27 April, 2017

Challenge 4: Make an app hard to get at

You need the app – but you don’t want to be instantly drawn to it. Here’s what to do.

Science - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than previously thought

Teeth and bones of an elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands were discovered.

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