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Dublin: 11 °C Sunday 19 February, 2017

Science - Today’s News

Galway mathematicians have found a way of making Batman's cape

NUI Galway mathematicians’ research makes Batman that bit more real.

Poll: Do you get dragged into doing work while off-duty? Always On This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you get dragged into doing work while off-duty?

A new study has shown its contributing to people’s stress.

North Korean antics aside, poison has been a hugely popular killing agent through the ages

Poison has been one of an assassin’s favourite methods of dealing death for centuries.


Science - Yesterday’s News

An Irish med-tech firm has raised over €2m to help cut down on needless chemo

OncoMark’s test would make it easier to work out which breast cancer patients require the treatment.

The Royal College of Surgeons is tackling treatment-resistant tumours

The project will explore whether a drug can be used to treat the tumours.

On the brink of war in 1939, Winston Churchill found the time to write a scientific paper on alien life

A newly discovered essay by Churchill, “Are We Alone in the Universe?”, was published this week.

Science - Friday 17 February, 2017

Welcome to Zealandia: Scientists reveal 'Earth's hidden continent'

They want the landmass recognised as a continent.

Science - Thursday 16 February, 2017

Robert DeNiro backs $100k reward pushed by anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists

It comes as a controversial documentary is released in Ireland.

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Poll: Should vitamin D be added to more foods?

New research has shown the proven benefits of vitamin D additives.

'First definitive evidence' that taking extra Vitamin D can prevent the flu

A new study has reopened a debate on the usefulness of over-the-counter supplements.

Science - Sunday 12 February, 2017

First female to suffer from 'tree man syndrome' undergoes successful surgery

10-year-old Bangladeshi Sahana Khatun has undergone surgery to remove bark-like growths from her chin, ear and nose.

'Hearsay on social media' being blamed for falling vaccine rates

A Trinity professor says such fear mongering presents a risk to the wider public.

Science - Friday 10 February, 2017

Eyes to the sky: Ireland will be treated to a rare eclipse of the moon tonight

The eclipse will officially begin at 10.30 but dimming will not be visible until after 11.

Science - Thursday 9 February, 2017

Cave where priceless Dead Sea Scrolls were kept discovered in Judean desert

It’s thought the cave, one of 12 above the Dead Sea, was looted in the 1950s.

Science - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

Just right: Trinity scientists find the 'Goldilocks' genes which cause disease

The researchers believe they’ve identified genes implicated in schizophrenia, autism and heart disease.

Study shows shift work and physically demanding jobs may lower women's fertility

Research shows that heavy lifting at work or working rotating patterns can be associated with poorer egg quality.

Science - Tuesday 7 February, 2017

Vaping is 'far safer than smoking'

New research found those who switched to vaping had reduced toxins and carcinogens in their bodies.

Science - Saturday 4 February, 2017

We can now add 'third hand smoke' to the reasons smoking is dreadful for our health

Third hand smoke (THS) refers to the sticky residue from tobacco smoke that clings to walls and furniture.

Science - Friday 3 February, 2017

Concussion symptoms three times higher in soccer players who head the ball

It adds to the mounting evidence that frequently heading a soccer ball has serious long-term effects.

Science - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

Groundbreaking technology allows completely paralysed 'locked-in' patients to communicate

The interface is a cap that sits on people’s heads and uses infrared light to detect variations in blood flow to different regions of the brain.

Science - Tuesday 31 January, 2017

There's 'Tinder for orangutans' now

‘Sure they’re all at it.’

Science - Monday 30 January, 2017

Humanity's oldest relative is an egg-shaped creature with a huge mouth and no anus

The Saccorhytus lived some 540 million years ago.

Science - Friday 27 January, 2017

A complete list of the sharks in Irish waters has just been published

The leafscale gulper and the Portuguese dogfish are but two of 71.

As HPV-linked cancers increase, should boys get the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine can prevent men from contracting genital warts and a number of HPV-associated cancers – but in Ireland it is only offered for free to girls.

Science - Thursday 26 January, 2017

Irish scientists' breakthrough could lead to virus immunity

Trinity’s Immunology discovery could help restore our natural immunity to viruses such as Ebola, Zika and SARS – as well as the common flu.

Science - Wednesday 25 January, 2017

Climate change could be a lot worse than we first thought...

New research from scientists, including some from Maynooth University, suggests temperatures may have risen higher than was previously feared.

Science - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Last year was the warmest year ever recorded

The analysis found that atmospheric concentrations of both carbon dioxide and methane reached record levels.

Science - Tuesday 17 January, 2017

Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancy

A new study analysed the rates of drinking during pregnancy by linking them with a condition caused by alcohol consumption.

Science - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Norway is killing FM radio - against the wishes of most listeners

There are no plans to phase out FM radio in Ireland, the Department of Communications has said.

Almost a quarter of Irish people's senses overlap, say these Young Scientists

This BT Young Scientist project suggests there are more people with this neurological condition than you might think.

Weekend exercise may be as good as daily trips to the gym

‘Weekend warriors’ appear to lower their risk of dying about as much as people who exercise more regularly.

Science - Thursday 12 January, 2017

Flu epidemic will peak in the next two weeks

The HSE is recommending people get vaccinated, and if they have the flu, to stay in bed.

The science of the Cork accent: This year's BT Young Scientist expo is already turning heads

From skateboard equations to cancer research, the BT Young Scientist continues to break records and open doors.

Science - Wednesday 11 January, 2017

Research reveals 'highly unusual' behaviour of male monkey trying to have sex with female deer

The study is only the second on the phenomenon of inter-species sex.

Science - Tuesday 10 January, 2017

7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the Philippines

No tsunami warnings have been issued.

Science - Monday 9 January, 2017

Super-strong man-made spider silk could soon be used to repair spinal cords

The material is one of nature’s strongest materials but it’s notoriously hard to farm.

Science - Saturday 7 January, 2017

China wants to go back to the moon and it could happen as soon as next year

The country has plans to get to Mars by 2020.

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Humans have a new organ and it's thanks to surgeons in Limerick

The mesentery is now being classified as a single structure.

An iceberg the size of Mayo is about to break off Antarctica - and could start a chain reaction

Kildare scientist Dr Martin O’Leary told that it could lead to a rise of 10cm in sea levels worldwide.

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