Living to the extreme

Imagine standing in the Gobi Desert with no life as far as the eye can see. A cloudless sky beating the sun’s rays down. You’ve been there for six weeks without a drop of water. But you are still there. This is reality for the Deinococcus species of extremophiles. These robust bacteria have evolved to […]

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Seeing through sound

For the last few days of a recent hospital stay one of my roommates was a young women who was blind. She had the ability to recognise doctors, nurses and care workers almost instantly by their voice. One morning, she even knew a care worker who she had met years previously. The constant stream of different staff in […]

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No water for a solar system

The closing event of the Science Gallery’s Surface Tension: The Future of Water took place last night. As the curtains are closed on this wonderful show, I interviewed Joanne Mac Mahon whose PhD research featured in the exhibition. Mac Mahon is part of a team in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in TCD. Over the past ten […]

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Human evolution: cavemen’s secret

A few weeks ago, I wrote about an exciting area of neuroscience, Optogenetics, that had rapidly developed since I left college. Another area which has seen huge changes in the past few years is the study of human evolution, specifically the role played by Neanderthals in our past. In the typical picture of evolution, the Neanderthal is often depicted as […]

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