How long has the science of forecasting weather been around?
- October 8, 2019, 10:48
The twitter response to Met Éireann’s recent forecasting around Storm Lorenzo encapsulated much of our views of weather forecasting in general. There (...)
Robert Bunsen: The man who lit a fire under chemical science
- September 12, 2019, 05:00
My eldest son started secondary school this year and that means his first science labs (in addition to all the other changes of course). I loved schoo(...)
Will the Earth’s poles soon switch? And what would it mean?
- July 7, 2019, 14:42
You may not be aware but the North Pole is moving. Scientists recently announced that the pole appears to be migrating faster, at about 40km-50km per (...)
Ozone layer success story can be used to combat climate change
- May 9, 2019, 01:00
The words “ozone hole” dominate my earliest memories of climate change. I was in primary school when scientists announced they had discovered a hole i(...)
Science has no one government, and does not have ethical consensus
- April 11, 2019, 01:00
In 1923 the geneticist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane made a speech to the “Heretics” society at Cambridge University. He later expanded and published (...)
Will this be one of our last years to spring forward?
- March 14, 2019, 01:00
It is the time of year when we all begin to be thankful for the “grand stretch in the evening”. The signs of spring are not just daffodils and bird ch(...)
The Galway professor behind our understanding of Neanderthals
- February 14, 2019, 05:00
When you imagine a Neanderthal you probably think of the classic image of the “cave man”: heavy brow, monkey-like face, stooping posture, shaggy hair,(...)
Why are so many adults having braces put on their teeth?
- November 8, 2018, 06:00
In an article on an 18th-century tooth-puller, historian Colin Jones claimed that “the list of Great Dates in Dentistry is largely unknown, I wager, o(...)
The Irish engineer who broke new ground in study of earthquakes
- September 13, 2018, 06:00
Google and Harvard University have just announced new research in seismology using artificial intelligence. Researches have “trained” computers using (...)