Hunter College High School student Benjamin “Benjy” Firester was awarded $25,000 for a unique research project that predicts the patterns of movement of the phytophthora infestans – the mold that brought about Ireland’s Great Hunger in the mid-19th century. Firester competed against 1,800 other students in the Regeneron Science Talent Search with his revolutionary computerRead more..
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In this 45-minute podcast, Eileen Collins, the first woman to have command of a space shuttle mission and editor in chief Patricia Harty discuss Earth Day, April 22, and how the astronauts have helped spur awareness of forest clearing and environmental changes since the 1960s. Other topics include working with the Russians, what the futureRead more..
The American Institute of Physics has appointed Irish physicist Michael H. Moloney (right) as their new CEO. The unanimous appointment of Moloney, who holds a doctorate in experimental physics from Trinity College Dublin, is expected to bring a focused effort on aeronautics and space technologies. “Science is rapidly changing and becoming more interdisciplinary, and theRead more..
Distinguished parasitologist, Nobel prize winner, and 2017 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Dr. William Campbell delivered an academic discourse at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin in November. Campbell, who was in Ireland to receive the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, was born in 1930 in Ramelton, County Donegal, and has held honorary membership of theRead more..
Continuing within the trajectory of global climate change, it was revealed by NUI Maynooth climatologists that Ireland last winter had the stormiest season on record in over 140 years. They found there was an “unprecedented strength and number of cyclones over the mid- and high-latitude north Atlantic.” They pointed to cyclones that occur over theRead more..
A recent study published in the journal Nature has confirmed 108 locations within the human genome that are linked directly to schizophrenia, 83 of which were completely new discoveries. Aiden Corvin, professor of psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin’s school of medicine, was one of the lead authors of the study, which analyzed more than 80,000Read more..
Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have shown for the first time that two genes involved in many neurological diseases act together to regulate specific aspects of protein production in nerve cells and allow the development of a simple form of memory called habituation. These findings have implications for our understanding of memory formation in general,Read more..
Irish-American identical twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly have volunteered for an observational study to determine the effects of space travel on human genetics. Scott, who has spent 180 days in space, including a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station in 2011, is scheduled to blast off again in 2015 for a record-breaking year-longRead more..
An 18-month-long international study of a potential Alzheimer’s drug has begun, and Ireland is playing a big role. The project, coordinated by Brian Lawlor, Connolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, is set to be one of the most intensive and significant studies in over a decade of Alzheimer’s treatment research.Read more..
A new study conducted by scientists at University College Cork (UCC) shows that mice lacking bacteria in their gut displayed autistic behaviors such as repetitive grooming and disinterest in social interactions with other mice. Ted Dinan, psychiatry professor and a principal investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Center at UCC has been studying gut bacteria andRead more..