Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Better use of antibiotics - €1 million Horizon Prize !

Research & Innovation - Horizon Prizes - Better use of Antibiotics

This €1 million prize addresses the issue of the unnecessary use of antibiotics, which is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The challenge is to develop a rapid test that will allow healthcare providers to distinguish at the point of care between patients with upper respiratory tract infections that require antibiotics and those that can be treated safely without antibiotics.

The Programmable City | How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?

The Programmable City | How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?

In November 2014 members of the Programmable City team from Maynooth University visited the Smart City Expo and Congress in Barcelona.  The organisers have now posted up videos of all of the sessions on their YouTube channel.  Together they make interesting viewing for anyone interested in understanding what is happening with regards to creating smart cities.  Rob Kitchin and Gavin McArdle presented a paper at the Congress entitled, ‘Dublin Dashboard: Open and real-time data and visualizations for citizens, government and companies’.

Monday, 16 February 2015

The focus on bibliometrics makes papers less useful

The focus on bibliometrics makes papers less useful

Forcing research to fit the mould of high-impact journals weakens it. Hiring decisions should be based on merit, not impact factor, says Reinhard Werner.

How do we recognize a good scientist? There is an entire industry — bibliometrics — that would have us believe that it is easy: count journal articles, sort them according to the impact factors of the journals, and count all the citations.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Irish horse cheats death through the appliance of science

Irish horse cheats death through the appliance of science

A promising young racehorse facing the prospect of being put down was rescued from death by a bone repair technology developed by scientists in Ireland. The thoroughbred’s jaw was rebuilt and the two-year-old filly is performing well on the racetrack.

The bone repair technology, called HydroxyColl, allows lost or damaged bone to be regrown. It was developed by researchers in the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (Amber) a collaboration involving Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Protein to prevent diabetes discovered by Maynooth University Scientists

Pellino3 protein may prevent obesity-driven diabetes, find Maynooth University scientists

Maynooth University scientists have identified a protein in the body that may have the potential to prevent the development of obesity-driven diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the world's fastest growing epidemics, with an estimated 225,000 people in Ireland alone suffering from the disease.  Obesity is a key driver of Type 2 Diabetes, given that excess abdominal fat causes fat cells to release a 'pro-inflammatory' chemical which can make the body less sensitive to the insulin it produces and disrupt the ability of insulin-responsive cells to fulfill their function.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Eco Eye, Series 12 (2014)

Eco Eye, Series 12 (2014)

The Eco Eye series twelve ran for 10 episodes, starting on the 7th of January 2014. Click on the link to see a brief description of each episode followed by the episode itself in HD.

Episode One ‘Irish food?’: Investigates Ireland’s food supply and asks why we import almost as much food as we export and often the very same foodstuffs. Across Ireland we meet organic food producers, local retailers as well as supermarkets as we examine how secure our food supply is and how much of our food is indeed Irish.

Biomed Central Infectious Diseases – review of 2014

BMC Infectious Diseases – review of 2014

Highlighted tpics include Bacterial & fungal diseases, Hepatitis & co-infections, HIV & co-infections,Parasitological diseases,Sexually transmitted diseases, Vaccines, and Viral diseases.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Hubble returns to 'old friends' for 25th Anniversary

Hubble returns to 'old friends' 

The Hubble Space Telescope, which in 2015 completes 25 years in orbit, has gathered dramatic new views of two well-known celestial objects. Revisiting one of its earliest and most famous photos, a new view of the Eagle Nebula shows its "Pillars of Creation" in more detail than ever before. And a composite of 13,000 shots of our neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy becomes the telescope's biggest ever image. Both were unveiled in Seattle at an American Astronomical Society meeting.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Brown bears, wolves and lynx numbers rising in Europe

Brown bears, wolves and lynx numbers rising in Europe

 Land-sharing model of conservation is helping large predators thrive in the wild – and even the British countryside could support big carnivores, study finds .

MSc Computer Science at Maynooth University

MSc Computer Science

Looking for a world class Masters programme in software engineering? At Maynooth University we have scholarships and work placements available with our Taught Masters programmes.

University Research Excellence Framework Results for the UK

Education news, opinion and guides | The Guardian

Check out which are the top  Research Universities in the UK, and which subjects are producing the best research.

Maynooth University discovery in the fight against diabetes

Maynooth University discovery in the fight against diabetes

Maynooth University scientists have identified a protein in the body that may have the potential to prevent the development of obesity-driven diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest growing epidemics, with an estimated 225,000 people in Ireland alone suffering from the disease.  Obesity is a key driver of Type 2 Diabetes, given that excess abdominal fat causes fat cells to release a ‘pro-inflammatory’ chemical which can make the body less sensitive to the insulin it produces and disrupt the ability of insulin-responsive cells to fulfill their function.