Thursday, 28 August 2014

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Winter of 2013/2014 stormiest in 143 years, Maynooth University research shows

Maynooth University

Climatologists at Maynooth University have identified the winter of 2013/2014 as the stormiest in 143 year record for Ireland and the UK.

The research carried out by Dr Tom Matthews, Dr Conor Murphy and Shaun Harrigan from Maynooth University Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), together with Prof.Rob Wilby of Loughborough University (UK), used long-running atmospheric datasets to characterise winter storminess over the North Atlantic for the last 66 years and as far back as winter 1871-1872 for Ireland and the UK.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Clear material on windows harvests solar energy

Clear material on windows harvests solar energy - Futurity

A new type of “transparent” solar concentrator can be used on windows or
mobile devices to harvest solar energy without obscuring the view.

Biomathematics: the great frontier of the 21st century?

Biomathematics: the great frontier of the 21st century?

Biological systems are hugely complex, but simple mathematical models can isolate and elucidate key elements and processes and predict crucial aspects of behaviour. Many problems in biology have been solved using mathematics already developed in other areas – network analysis, group theory, differential equations, probability, chaos theory and combinatorics – but completely new mathematical techniques may be required to solve some tough problems in the life sciences.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

HEA publishes Consultation Paper

HEA publishes Consultation Paper: Towards the development of a new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education | Higher Education Authority



The paper is intended to support a wide consultation process on the development of the new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education.  It has been drafted with the objective of encouraging openness, raising questions and generating ideas.  The aim is that it will stimulate thinking and bring together the combined wisdom and perspectives of all stakeholders in framing the next National Access Plan.




Monday, 18 August 2014

Fields Medal mathematics prize won by woman for first time in its history

Fields Medal mathematics prize won by woman for first time in its history



Maryam Mirzakhani,
an Iranian maths professor at Stanford University in California, was
named the first female winner of the Fields Medal – often described as
the Nobel prize for mathematics – at a ceremony in Seoul .

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

GMIT still ‘considering’ action over plagiarism

GMIT still ‘considering’ action over plagiarism

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is still “considering possible disciplinary action”, following a protracted external investigation into complaints of alleged plagiarism at the college

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you

10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you

There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, advises Tara Brabazon

Snowball Metrics: no pinch of salt needed

Snowball Metrics: no pinch of salt needed

 The first Snowball Metrics Recipe Book was published in 2012, with 10 recipes relating to areas such as research funding and output. And so great has been the universities’ enthusiasm for the unexpected insights that cooking the recipes has provided that at the end of last month a second edition was published, containing a further 14 recipes relating to factors such as collaboration, societal impact, intellectual property and spin-offs.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Strained relations: fears of a man-made flu pandemic

Strained relations: fears of a man-made flu pandemic

The risk of a man-made pandemic has startled virologists and epidemiologists to the extent that two papers on the subject were once deemed too dangerous to publish

Kawaoka is one of a small number of researchers tinkering with the genomes of bird-flu strains to model how they might acquire human pandemic potential. Many fear these hubristic microbiologists might trigger a man-made plague if the synthetic bugs ever escape from their laboratories.

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Infinite Monkey Cage

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - The Infinite Monkey Cage

Award winning science/comedy chat with Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests.
Witty, irreverent look at the world according to science with physicist
Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Young blood rejuvenates old brains

Young blood rejuvenates old brains : Nature Medicine : Nature Publishing Group

 Age-related cognitive decline occurs in many mammals, including humans, resulting from a decline in hippocampal function, and it is associated with reduced synaptic plasticity in hippocampal circuits. In this issue of Nature Medicine, a new study shows that cognitive impairment observed in aged mice is largely reversible following exposure to the blood of young mice.