Tuesday, 18 November 2014

What can we learn from measuring the temperature of space?

Maynooth University

On a clear night, when we gaze at the skies we can look back in time.



With an optical telescope, or sometimes even with just the naked eye, we see the pinpoints of light that we call stars.



What is actually meeting our eyes is energy in the visible wavelength that has travelled across space (and time) from that star or planet to us. 
But what about the wavelengths that we can’t see? That ‘invisible’ energy can also tell us much about the universe and its history, if we know how to look at it. Scientists at Maynooth University ’s Department of Experimental Physics know how to look at it, and their research is helping to cast the universe in a new light.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet

Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet



ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.

After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET).

The confirmation was relayed via the Rosetta orbiter to Earth and picked up simultaneously by ESA’s ground station in Malargüe, Argentina and NASA’s station in Madrid, Spain. The signal was immediately confirmed at ESA’s Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, and DLR’s Lander Control Centre in Cologne, both in Germany.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Birth of planet captured by Chilean telescope

Birth of planet captured by Chilean telescope

 Some of the most detailed images ever taken of new planets being born around a star have been published, which astronomers said could transform theories about planet formation.

High in the Chilean desert, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillmeter Array, or Alma, observed the planet-forming disc around the young HL Tauri star, producing the sharpest pictures ever made at submillimeter wavelengths. The pictures show clear concentric rings in the dust left over from the formation of the star, the gaps indicating that planets are already forming, sweeping a path through the material.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Science Week Events 2014 Maynooth University from Monday the 10th Nov

Science Week



 There are a number of excellent events during the week including on  Thursday 13th November JH2 7.00 - 8.00  Prof. John Sweeney, Maynooth University discusses:


CLIMATE CHANGE AND IRELAND: BRIDGING THE GAP FROM SCIENCE TO POLICY

Professor John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor at Maynooth University, will discuss the role of greenhouse gas emissions in shaping present and future global climate. He will look at the impact that climate change is likely to have on a mid latitude country such as Ireland, considering various sectors such as water, biodiversity, agriculture and construction. He will examine how adaptation to the inevitable can best be achieved, and how mitigation of the worst excesses of future scenarios should be tackled.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Open science and the disciplinary culture clash - Why is it so hard to reach a consensus?

Open science and the disciplinary culture clash - Why is it so hard to reach a consensus?

When it comes down to the nitty gritty detail of what open science means for an individual researcher, the disciplinary context is key. As clear and straightforward as making research publicly available is, many questions still remain for specific disciplines. Peter Kraker reports back from a session on openness in the humanities where definitions of data, research work and research materials were all contested.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Do We Need to Shake Up the Social Sciences?

Do We Need to Shake Up the Social Sciences? - Video and audio - News and media - Home

Speaker(s): Professor Nicholas Christakis, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Dr Amanda Goodall, Professor Andrew Oswald
Chair: Siobhan Benita

Podcast Recorded on 21 October 2014 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.



‘Yes’, according to Nicholas Christakis. He wrote, in the New York Times, ‘Taking a page from Darwin, the natural sciences are evolving with the times. In contrast, the social sciences have stagnated. They offer essentially the same set of academic departments … This is not only boring but also counterproductive ...’ Is Christakis right? In this event, physician and sociologist Nicholas Christakis, political scientist Patrick Dunleavy, management scientist Amanda Goodall and economist Andrew Oswald will debate this question, and then join a discussion on the issue with policy and strategy officer Siobhan Benita.

The citation revolution will not be televised: the end of papers and the rise of data.

The citation revolution will not be televised: the end of papers and the rise of data.

Providing access across subjects and regions, the Data Citation Index is linking up with repositories to provide a single-point recognition mechanism for quality research data. Christopher Lortie welcomes this development as it will profoundly reshape the publication pipeline and further fuel the open science movement. Data can now be recognised and cited as independent products, with or without them being linked to papers. There is now no excuse not to publish those datasets.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Scientific Journals, Peer Review and How to Write a Great Research Paper

Scientific Journals, Peer Review and How to Write a Great Research Paper

"Scientific Journals, Peer Review and How to Write a Great Research Paper"  with  Dr Anthony Newman, Publisher ,Life Sciences, Elsevier & Michaela Kurschildgen, Account Development Manager, Elsevier in the Library on Wednesday the 29th Oct.
 Knowing how to correctly prepare a paper, and the most appropriate scientific journal to send it to will significantly increase the chances of your paper being accepted.  Furthermore, a strong grasp of the review process and the organization of the editorial office can help you - the researcher - understand what will be expected of your submission when it hits the desk.

Ireland’s Big Rewilding Project First of its Kind in Western Europe

Ireland’s Big Rewilding Project First of its Kind in Western Europe

 Wild Nephin project aims to create 27,000 acres of unique wilderness landscape. The Nephin Beg mountain range rises on Ireland's western coast and stretches 20 miles into the sparsely populated northwest of County Mayo. This is a landscape of boglands and heath-covered mountains, battered by Atlantic winds and rain. The only forests here are stands of Lodgepole pine and Sitka spruce, planted in an attempt to wrestle economic gain from the unproductive soil.

Monday, 13 October 2014

IOPscience - 2014 Nobel Prize Collection

IOPscience - 2014 Nobel Prize Collection

 Free to read papers authored by the laureates and cited by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the Nobel prize scientific background document. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura are the latest Nobel Prize for Physics laureates. The scientists were awarded for inventing blue LEDs which have enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.

How big data and analytics could help increase milk production

How big data and analytics could help increase milk production

A new €446,000 collaboration between major Irish dairy producers Glanbia and Dairygold and Irish researchers will see data analytics and big data employed to help boost milk production.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Altmetrics can signal flows of information for paths in scholarly communication not yet mapped.

Altmetrics can signal flows of information for paths in scholarly communication not yet mapped.

Research metrics are currently being debated across the UK. With last week’s 1AM conference discussing alternative metrics and this week’s In metrics we trust? event as part of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment, the uses and misuses of metrics are under close scrutiny. Cameron Neylon reports back from last week’s altmetrics conference and looks at the primary motivations and applications of new data sources for building a better scholarly communication system.