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.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Academics across UK fearful in advance of Ref results

Academics across UK fearful in advance of Ref results

 Research Excellence Framework, which judges quality of research, widely criticised as divisive and a cause of bullying

Times Higher Education choose Scopus data for its World University Ranking | Scopus Blog | Elsevier

Times Higher Education choose Scopus data for its World University Ranking 

Times Higher Education (THE), a global leader in university rankings, has announced their decision to work with the Scopus database and SciVal, Elsevier’s research metrics analysis tool, for its World University Ranking and other rankings including the 100 Under 50, Asia University and BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings.

Both Scopus and SciVal are available to Maynooth University users via the Library.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

BBC Horizon - Fermat's Last Theorem

BBC Horizon - Fermat's Last Theorem

 In 1996 this documentary was made about Fermat’s
Last Theorem for the BBC series Horizon. It was 50 minutes of
mathematicians talking about mathematics, which is not the obvious
recipe for a TV blockbuster, but the result was a programme that
captured the public imagination and which received critical acclaim. The programme won the BAFTA for best documentary, a Priz Italia,
other international prizes and an Emmy nomination – this proves that
mathematics can be as emotional and as gripping as any other subject on
the planet so says Simon Singh http://simonsingh.net/books/fermats-last-theorem/fermats-last-theorem-the-tv-documentary/

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.