Opinion by Eoin Ó Colgáin Without doubt, the pinnacle of scientific achievement is a Nobel Prize. Alfred Nobel’s will stipulated that the prizes should be awarded for the most important discoveries “during the preceding year”, but the complicated nature of validating results means that the Nobel committee don’t rush. A cautionary case is the 1926 […]Read more "SFI prize objectives: With a pinch of luck and delusion"
by Catherine Collins In just 8 inches of clear, salty, not-as-warm-as-you-would-think-for-Australia water, Puck rolled over and speared me with one beady eye. Puck is a dolphin. This is not a pool or an amusement park, and she is not a captive. No trainer has called her over to me. Yet here she is, inches from […]Read more "Researching connections in Shark Bay dolphins"
by Lilian Fennell My friends and I were out for dinner at my favourite restaurant. The evening was going well and we were having a great……THUMP! A man at the table next to us who had just been quite animatedly telling a joke to his friend was suddenly, well, what looked like asleep? He had […]Read more "Stop sleeping in the soup"
by Joseph W. Piergrossi Last summer, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, the particle that is supposed to give mass to all of matter. With recent results confirming the presence of Higgs bosons in the LHC data, an observer outside of physics might think this is a titanic […]Read more "Leptons, the tiny particles that might explain huge swaths of the universe"
by Dr Manjari Murali I recently had the pleasure of meeting a nice lady of retirement age, who we shall call Patty. I typically enjoy talking to older adults because they have interesting stories to tell, and they have a knack of giving advice without making you feel like a disobedient child. In this case […]Read more "Return to the beginning – to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease"
by Deirdre Ruane As a student, I found writing literary reviews and essays for class really difficult. The thing is; you won’t get away from this type of assessment. When studying any subject, you must be able to pull data together, compare and discuss points and/or make a conclusion. To prove you have completed that […]Read more "Is there anything to be said for knowing your learning style?"
by Mark Zastrow NASA’s Kepler satellite is on a roll. Since it was launched in 2009, it has found over 2,000 potential planets around other stars, or exoplanets. Its method is as simple as it is powerful: it constantly monitors over 100,000 stars in a single patch of sky, its telescopic eye waiting for planets […]Read more "The future of planet hunting: finding rivers in a marsh"
by Dr Naomi Lavelle As a mother I have watched with fascination at how my children grow and learn, constantly testing, evaluating and questioning life around them. For Newton (at the age of 23) it was apparently an apple from a tree that led to his evaluation of gravity but have you ever observed a toddler in […]Read more "Science through the eyes of a child"