The Earth's magnetic north pole is shifting rapidly – so what will happen to the northern lights?

Like most planets in our solar system, the Earth has its own magnetic field.

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Trinity College develops robot to battle loneliness in the elderly

Engineers from Trinity College unveiled ‘Stevie II’ today, an upgraded version of Ireland’s first socially assistive robot.

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Appliance of Science: What was the first ever living thing on Earth?

This question comes from my own son, Rohan who is nine and, like most children his age, he is full of lots of what, why and when queries.

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€230m funding for six SFI Research Centres announced

The centres will focus on integrated photonics, marine renewable energy, gut health and the microbiome, data analytics, advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing and advanced materials.

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Scientists reveal physics behind smooth chocolate

Researchers hope the discovery could help make manufacturing of the product more energy efficient.

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Further study of volcanoes needed to plan for future eruptions, say researchers

A study was carried out of Volcan de Colima, in Mexico, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

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Five scientists to represent Ireland at event with Nobel-prize winning physicists

Five Irish scientists, three of which are Cork based, have been selected by the Irish Research Council to represent the country in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany this summer.

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UCC probiotic research key to responding and coping with stress

A probiotic strain first discovered at UCC appears to improve the ability to respond and cope with stress.

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Atoms can exist as both solid and liquid in ‘new state’ discovered by scientists

Tests were carried out on potassium which showed an ‘unusual but stable state’ which could also be capable with half a dozen other elements.

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Crocodile ancestor dating back 150 million years gives insight into evolution

Digital images allowed further research to be carried out on a Cricosaurus bambergensis fossil, which was discovered in Germany in 2014.

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USA summer externship on offer for I Wish STEM programme

That frequently over-used phrase — ‘the chance of a lifetime’ — will have genuine credibility for a pair of lucky Irish girls this summer.

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Scientists to broadcast first live video from ocean depths

A submersible is set to dive to nearly 1,000 feet.

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Sleep problems could be genetic, study suggests

Scientists have identified 76 new genes which are associated with sleep duration after examining nearly 500,000 people.

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Research highlights potential of fast-growing seaweed

Ireland may be famous for its green grass but scientists have discovered a night-growing Irish seaweed could be just as bountiful.

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Inspirational: Tribute to scientific hub

In the early 1840s, William Parsons, the third earl of Rosse, designed and built the largest telescope in the world.

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Old technique used to make new advances with treatment of undetected TB

Scientists turn up the heat to achieve quicker results and safer working conditions for clinics treating tuberculosis.

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Male volunteers wanted for ‘groundbreaking’ trial of contraceptive gel

The product is being developed to suppress sperm production in men.

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Doomsday Clock sticks at two minutes to ‘midnight’

Scientists have kept the Doomsday Clock marker as near to midnight as it has ever been.

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Appliance of science: Why does my voice sound so different when recorded?

Seven-year-old Cathal has noticed something that we all experience when we hear a recording of our own voice… that it sounds very different to how we normally hear it.

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UCC to review building name in light of comments on race by Nobel scientist James Watson

It is expected that University College Cork will sever its ties with a Nobel Prize winner in the coming weeks following his controversial comments about race.

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Drinking tea during pregnancy may be bad for your baby’s health

A new study in Ireland has found a link between tea drinking during pregnancy and smaller babies.

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New science exhibition sheds light on mass of blood vessels in human body

MED-Lab aims to promote Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) knowledge and understanding among the next generation of scientists.

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Deadliness of snake venom linked to diet

Diet may decide the deadliness of a snake’s venom, according to research led by Irish scientists.

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Top scientist returning to UCC to lead study

A revolution in delivering the next generation of high-speed electronic devices is to be led by the return to University College Cork of one of the world’s leading quantum mechanics scientists.

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Appliance of science: How did the world begin and other questions

The questions below were sent in by second year science students in Adamstown Community College, Lucan (Ms. Corrigan’s class).

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Are near-death experiences hallucinations? Experts explain the science behind this puzzling phenomenon

In our never-ending quest to understand what happens to us after we die, humans have long seen the rare phenomenon of near-death experiences as providing some hints, write Neil Dagnall and Ken Drinkwater.

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Parasite decimates giant clam species in Mediterranean Sea

Unless scientists can find a way of stopping it soon, they say the mollusk could go extinct.

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Women have been written out of science history – it's time to put them back

Uncovering forgotten history can help explain why science still has a masculine bias today.

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Knickers the giant cow: why do some animals grow so big?

There are several reasons why animals can grow to much larger sizes than we consider normal.

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From eyebrows to phone battery life... and alphabet of questions

The second-year science students in Adamstown Community College, Lucan (Ms Corrigan’s class) prepared the following questions as part of the recent Stop & Ask campaign for Science Week, writes Dr Naomi Lavelle

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Too soon to create gene-edited babies, say scientists

A conference in Hong Kong was rocked by Chinese researcher He Jiankui’s claim to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies.

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Fears grow over claim of gene-edited babies

Scientists have called the work of He Jiankui highly irresponsible.

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Stephen Hawking’s sense of humour is all relativity

By the time he died last March, the astrophysicist Stephen Hawking was convinced there was no God and no afterlife.

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Bird eggshell colours evolved from dinosaurs, scientists find

Camouflaging colours emerged to help protect vulnerable offspring from predators.

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Appliance of Science: Why do bees makes hexagonal honeycombs?

My husband's family have gone a bit bee crazy, there are hives popping up all over the place and we get to benefit from the delicious honey.

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Chimps like to copy human visitors to the zoo – Ig Nobel Prize

How good is your best chimpanzee impression? Go to the zoo and you probably wouldn’t be surprised to see people copying chimps in order to grab their attention.

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Appliance of Science Are all raindrops the same size and shape?

THIS question comes in from Ewan, in Galway. He’d like to know: “Are all raindrops the same size and shape?

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Here’s the science behind the spectacular light show caused by a SpaceX launch

Brad Gibson, head of physics at the University of Hull, has revealed why we saw such a remarkable sight.

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This is what happens if you eat spaghetti al fresco in Antarctica

Scientists at Antarctica’s Concordia Station also tried scrambling eggs – without much success…

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Large hadron collider operator suspends scientist in ‘sexism’ row

Alessandro Strumia is said to have said men ‘invented and built’ the science of physics.

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The ‘real you’ is a myth – we constantly create false memories to achieve the identity we want

We all want other people to “get us” and appreciate us for who we really are. In striving to achieve such relationships, we typically assume that there is a “real me”, writes Giuliana Mazzoni

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Funds for Limerick firm to take on a global killer

Limerick firm Cala Medical seeks €3m to develop a drug to treat global-killer sepsis, writes Trish Dromey

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Schrödinger at 75 - Recapturing spirit of science

There is no more fundamental question than “what is life?” but that is the very topic up for discussion in Dublin over the next two days as some of the world’s leading scientists take part in an event marking the 75th anniversary of a seminal series of lectures given here in 1943 by Erwin Schrödinger, an Austrian Nobel prize-winning physicist.

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Finding the fun in science: How to get your kids interested in STEM

It’s easy to get your kids engaged with STEM – they won’t even know they are doing it, writes Dr Naomi Lavelle

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Parrots are no bird-brains when it comes to economics, study finds

Move over Milton Friedman, your feathers are about to be ruffled by a group of bird-brain economists.

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UCC scientists discover 3km-deep canyon under the ocean off Ireland’s continental shelf

A group of scientists from across the globe lead by colleagues from UCC have revealed a submarine canyon 320km west of Dingle, within which they say you could stack 10 Eiffel Towers.

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Narcissism growth ‘linked to better school achievement’

Adolescents who score high on certain aspects of narcissism may be more mentally tough and can perform better at school.

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Cancer trial drugs offer hope of reversing genetic form of autism

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disorder, with a strong genetic component, which manifests during childhood.

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Richard Collins: Is REM as critical as sleep time it comes with?

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

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A camera captured its own dramatic end as flames from the SpaceX launch melted it

The camera, set up by a NASA photographer, could not complete its mission as flames from a small brush fire damaged it.

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Richard Collins: Distant cousins brighter than we thought

In 1924, a stone with mysterious lines on it was found at the Kiik-Koba cave site in Crimea.

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Trinity unveils plans for a €60m E3 Institute

A major new science institute is to be developed in Trinity College Dublin, after the largest ever donation by an Irish family.

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Device impairing smelling ability ‘could help obese people lose weight’

NozNoz was found to boost weight loss in obese people under 50, said a study.

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Giant salamander is being eaten to extinction, by humans

The ‘coveted delicacy’ has almost vanished in the wild as a result of growing food demand, say researchers.

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Scientists appeal for help developing new cancer treatments by using smartphones during sleep

Scientists are appealing for help with developing new cancer treatments, by using people's smartphones as they sleep.

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Leading theoretical physicists to flock to Dublin tomorrow

More than 60 leading theoretical physicists from across the globe will gather in Dublin tomorrow for a week-long special conference hosted by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).

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