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Science - Today’s News

A new heroin overdose drug has saved five lives under a HSE pilot programme

Ireland has the third-highest rate of deaths from overdose in Europe.

More US adults are using marijuana as they don't think it's harmful

There have been a number of calls for cannabis to be legalised in Ireland for medical reasons.

People with a 'cold' face are judged more harshly than others

New research shows people often make a “moral judgment” based on facial expressions.


Science - Monday 29 August, 2016

Six people just completed a year in a Hawaii dome all in the name of science Fresh Air This post contains videos

Six people just completed a year in a Hawaii dome all in the name of science

It’s about seeing how astronauts would survive during long-term space travel.

Boost for Leitrim as over 150 jobs announced

The drive will bring the number of people employed at medical devices company Vistamed to over 500.

Science - Sunday 28 August, 2016

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This cruise ship is taking 1,000 super rich passengers on a controversial journey

Global warming means that cruising the Northwest Passage is now a reality.

Science - Thursday 25 August, 2016

This tiny robot octopus is powered by its own gas

The robot is the first of its kind and could lead to future soft robots that could perform tasks traditional robots can’t access.

Science - Wednesday 24 August, 2016

The average commuter adds 800 calories a week to their diet, a new report has found

Research from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that people who commute for long periods of time are potentially “shortening their lives”.

Scientists have found a new planet that bears an uncanny resemblance to Earth

Named Proxima b, the planet is in a temperate zone compatible with the presence of liquid water – a key ingredient for life.

Science - Sunday 21 August, 2016

There may not be such thing as a "healthy obese"

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, affecting approximately 600 million people worldwide.

New painkiller is as powerful as morphine - but without the dangerous side-effects

The synthetic drug, PZM21, also does not produce addiction.

Frank Feighan wants the European Medicines Agency to move from Canary Wharf to Leitrim

Earlier this month the Department of Health confirmed that they are preparing for a bid to bring the EMA to Ireland.

Science - Saturday 20 August, 2016

Someone has just worked out what the Irish ate for breakfast over 2,000 years ago

A new UCC-based project has been looking into the mysteries of what our forefathers ate each day.

Science - Thursday 18 August, 2016

CERN lab investigating bizarre "human sacrifice" video filmed on site

“CERN does not condone this type of spoof, which can give rise to misunderstandings about the scientific nature of our work.”

Science - Tuesday 16 August, 2016

Man challenges planning permission for 'slurry power plant' beside his proposed family home

The High Court has allowed the applicant, who has health issues, to challenge the biogas facility.

Science - Saturday 13 August, 2016

Here are 40 amazing photos of Mars taken by the Nasa Orbiter

The Mars Orbiter has been taking stunning photos of the planet for nearly 10 years – here are the cream of the most recent crop.

Is sex after alcohol different to sex after cannabis? According to a study, yes

Researchers from NYU studied how alcohol and marijuana affected sexual experiences.

Science - Friday 12 August, 2016

A 400-year-old Greenland shark has been found to be the world's oldest vertebrate

The shark was probably born sometime between 1500 and 1740 with the most likely birth year 1620.

Science - Thursday 11 August, 2016

A 25-year-old PhD student at Trinity has just discovered that sharks used to eat their own young

Dubliner Aodhán Ó Gogáin travelled to Canada to collect 300 million-year-old ‘shark poop’ before making his discovery.

Look out your window tonight - there's a special meteor shower due over Ireland

There will be more than double the usual fireball activity associated with the annual Perseid outburst, which begins around 11pm Irish time.

Science - Wednesday 10 August, 2016

Irish women who give birth at home are much more likely to breastfeed

Only 60% of Irish women begin breastfeeding, compared to a European average of around 90%.

There were more patients on trolleys last month than in any July in the past decade HSE

There were more patients on trolleys last month than in any July in the past decade

However, in a statement to, the HSE disputed the INMO narrative, saying that the trolley count for yesterday showed an an overall reduction compared to the same date last year.

Science - Tuesday 9 August, 2016

Increasing numbers of older people are suffering from eating disorders

The Bodywhys group has reported a 9% increase in helpline calls and a 19% increase in email contact from those aged 36-55.

Science - Sunday 7 August, 2016

Inside Area 404 - Facebook's heavy-duty tech lab that Zuckerberg isn't even allowed enter

It’s where all Facebook’s hardware prototypes are made.

New study shows tigers, lions and other carnivores becoming endangered as prey dwindles

A quarter of the main land carnivores’ prey are now threatened themselves.

Kids on Amish farms are less likely to get asthma - a new study explains why

Researchers have pinpointed the reason for the low-rates of asthma in children living on Amish farms.

Science - Saturday 6 August, 2016

Here's what happened today: Saturday

Michael O’Reilly’s appeal, Brits jumping ship, and Rio shootings had people talking today.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the public internet in Ireland

Trinity College Dublin was the first Irish organisation to connect to the internet, via leased lined delivered by Telecom Eireann to the O’Reilly Institute.

Ireland's researchers are punching above their weight despite 'below-average investment'

Science Foundation Ireland is training people for industry – not to be “the next professors”.

FactCheck: Is there faster broadband on the moon than in Roscommon?

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has claimed there is better internet connection 400,000km away than in parts of his constituency.

Science - Thursday 4 August, 2016

Three dead after treatment at 'natural' clinic in Germany

One 43-year-old woman with breast cancer became confused and lost the ability to speak after being treated at the clinic, and died five days later.

A new cute baby spider monkey has been born at Fota

Colombian spider monkeys are critically endangered in the wild.

Science - Wednesday 3 August, 2016

'Plastered' tourist fatally injures Pinko the famous dancing flamingo

According to a police report, a 45-year-old father of two was visiting Busch Gardens theme park in Florida with his family when he reached into a pen, picked up the flamingo and threw her down.

Science - Tuesday 2 August, 2016

New study finds last woolly mammoths died of thirst

Mammoths lived on Alaska’s St Paul Island in the Bering Sea until about 5,600 years ago.

Science - Thursday 28 July, 2016

Woman dies after 'side effects from contraceptive pill were not treated'

The woman was instead treated for lower back pain.

A new nuclear power station will be built 250 km from the Irish coast

The Hinkley Point power station is the UK’s first for 20 years.

Just one hour physical activity a day could undo damage from 8 hours sitting around

A new study shows that one hour of physical activity reduces any increased risk of death from not doing anything.

Science - Tuesday 26 July, 2016

Dutch men are the tallest in the world (but the Irish aren't so short themselves)

New research has tracked growth trends across 200 countries for the past 100 years.

Science - Sunday 24 July, 2016

New 80 million-year-old 'giant thief' dinosaur found in Argentina

These dinosaurs walked on two legs, bore large sickle-shaped toe claws and were fast, agile, smart – and greedy.

Japanese warning on foreskin surgery after series of surgical blunders

The painful issues caused by the mistakes included swelling and erectile dysfunction.

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